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Recent Graduate Alumni Borrowing Card Offer

May 16th, 2018

The Library is offering a FREE Gleeson Alumni Special Borrower card to individuals that have graduated from USF within the last 12 months. Qualifying alumni should apply for this offer in person at the library (please note that student library privileges are active through the end of the inter-session following the semester graduated; for our very recent graduates, we recommend waiting to apply for this offer until after your student library privileges have expired). After processing the application at the library, the OneCard office will issue the Gleeson Alumni Special Borrower card.

The card will be valid for one year, after which you will be welcome to renew at the standard Gleeson Alumni Special Borrower rate. The Gleeson Alumni Card is valid only at Gleeson Library and borrowing is only for Gleeson Library materials (no Link+ or interlibrary loan). Databases may only be accessed from within the Library. Full description of privileges and rates available to Alumni Special Borrowers.

If you have any questions or want more information, please contact the Access Services department by email at or by telephone during our open hours at (415) 422-2662.


Study More on the New Second Floor!

August 25th, 2017

Click through to check out the newly renovated 2nd floor of Gleeson Library. Book the new group study rooms online. Come visit and check it out!

Furriends For Finals Begins This Week!

May 7th, 2017

Four days of puppy love, because one day is not enough. Each session runs from 1 PM – 3 PM here at Gleeson Library | Geschke Center, 1st Floor Lobby. In between studying and final exams take a breather with us. Our SPCA friends will be here with their trained therapy dogs just for you.

If you’d like to learn more about SPCA AAT or how to volunteer, click here.

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Letter to Library Santa

December 2nd, 2016

The library decorated our book drop as Santa’s Mailbox and we received our first letter within hours. After reflecting for some time on what we might do in response, we decided that posting here made the most sense. If you wrote the letter (or you didn’t) and feel that we could respond differently, please let us know.

Dear L.B.,

This was the first year we’ve put out a mailbox for the library Santa and we are grateful that you took time to deliver our first Christmas letter to Library-Santa.letter-to-library-santa_31379712425_o

We share your heartfelt concerns for the homeless. There are few things that bring us as much sorrow as knowing that there are people young and old in our world who have so little and must often rely on the good hearts of others for daily survival.

Your letter bringing the apparent plight of one person to our attention brings us joy – certainly not in the situation of the person seeking shelter and care – but in that you show the compassion to reach out on their behalf. Thank you.

As much as the library would like to offer services to folks who need assistance, we are not positioned with the experience and the resources to do what you ask. That said, we want you to know that there are resources in The City that this person can call upon. Our suggestion is that, if you feel so moved, consider sharing the contact information for The San Francisco City and County’s Human Services Agency. HSA is a reputable and reliable place for anyone who needs assistance or is looking for more information about support services.

All of that said, we encourage you to carefully consider if approaching this individual is the best thing for you to do. We rarely ever know for certain what someone’s story is or that things are as they appear to be. If you do not feel comfortable reaching out to the person who appears to be seeking shelter on campus, please feel free to contact a USF staff member or USF Public Safety. Of course, we completely trust that you will discern how you will proceed.

Now, to your point about serving coffee in the library. We hear you. There is now a café in the Atrium serving coffee, pastries and a few other treats. The Atrium Café is open M-F 8:00A– 1:00P (spring and fall semesters) and we are in conversation with Bon Appétit to expand the service hours and menu. Hopefully we’ll soon have good news for the entire campus community on the coffee front.

Thank you again for your letter L.B. and we hope you have a peaceful Christmas holiday overflowing with joy, family and friends.

Sincerely,  Gleeson Library




The Foghorn: A Student History of USF

August 29th, 2016

If newspapers publish the “first rough draft of history,” it is fascinating indeed to view those rough drafts from the perspective of USF students. Gleeson Library is in the process of digitizing back issues of the “Foghorn,” and the first major batch is available now.

The parallels between some articles from nearly 50 years ago and similarly-themed contemporary articles (from the San Francisco Foghorn website) are striking, and invite many questions …


Black student Union issues demands
From the November 8, 1968 issue of the San Francisco Foghorn, part of Gleeson Library’s Digital Collections.
BSU list of demands
From the March 10, 2016 issue of the San Francisco Foghorn on the newspaper’s website.
Black Student Union hosts USF Black Out in solidarity with Mizzou
From the November 19, 2015 issue of the San Francisco Foghorn on the newspaper’s website.
Blacks rap, whites listen in Black Power town hall
May 3, 1968 issue of the San Francisco Foghorn (go to page 5 to view), part of Gleeson LIbrary’s Digital Collections
  • What has changed between 1968 and 2015-16, and what has not?
  • Do these articles give you the “whole picture”?
  • What was happening at USF in 1968? In the Bay Area, the nation, and the world?
  • Is the context significantly different in 2015-16? If so, in what ways? If not, why not?
  • How are the students’ strategies for change different?
  • Were these events/issues also reported in the professional newspapers such as the San Francisco Chronicle? If so, how is the reporting different? If not, why not?

You might begin to answer some of theses questions by browsing issues of the Foghorn, and seeing the world of 1968 from a USF student perspective.

The USF community can also look into Gleeson Library’s historical and contemporary newspapers and newspaper collections such as these (myUSF login from off-campus):

Historical Newspapers

Contemporary Newspapers

The Foghorn, or San Francisco Foghorn as it is currently titled, is USF’s official student newspaper dating back to 1903.  The earliest issues were published under the title “Ignatian” and “Ignatian News“.  The University Archives currently holds print copies of the earlierst issues of Ignatian from 1926 and onwards. This collection is now digitized and made full-text searchable online.

As of this writing, issues from 1926 through December 1992 are available online.  The rest of the collection will be available in Spring 2017.