Library Hours – Summer 2018

May 24th, 2018 by jmariconi No comments »

Library Hours Summer 2018 Web

Recent Graduate Alumni Borrowing Card Offer

May 16th, 2018 by jmariconi No comments »

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.


Happy National Wildflower Week from Gleeson Library!

May 3rd, 2018 by varelaariana No comments »

Here is a guest post from Jacqueline Cao, a student assistant in the Reference Department.


Spring is here, and that means it’s time to celebrate National Wildflower Week by taking time to notice the vibrant blooms throughout the United States. National Wildflower Week is celebrated during the first full week of May.  This week commemorates the beautiful wildflowers that bring life and color to our natural landscapes. Whether they are growing on pastures, mountainsides, surfaces of the freeway, forests, or even our own backyards, wildflowers are more than the eye can see. They create habitats, help conserve water, and even reduce erosion (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center).

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas sponsors National Wildflower Week. The Center is located at The University of Texas at Austin, where they aim to “inspire the conservation of native plants…, provide habitat for wildlife, and enhance human health and happiness.â€� The Center uses native plants to restore and create healthy landscapes. I am sure we can all recall spotting beautiful wildflowers, from Purple Coneflowers (Echinaceas), to colorful Zinnias (Zinnia violacea), and Orange California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica), these flowers are all around us!

 Gleeson Library has a similar program called the Seed Library. The seed library aims to create a space where students are encouraged to try their hand at growing something. They also aim to provide opportunities for the USF community to discuss global agriculture and the economics of food, all while encouraging the sharing of local seeds. USF students, faculty, and staff can use the seed library at no cost. There are dozens of different flowers in which you can choose from. All you have to do is log your name and email address in the “My Seed Library Logâ€� to borrow one of the many seed packets. This is a partnership program with USF’s Urban Agriculture Program. The Urban Agriculture program also hosts a community garden that all members of the local and USF community are welcome to participate in.

Intrigued by the beauty of these wildflowers? Are you wondering where you should go if you want to see wildflowers in your area? No matter where you are located, there are great places to view wildflowers. Check out the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website to find out where the wildflower reserves are! You can also check out the following map of wildflowers in North America on iNaturalist to spot photos of wildflower sightings throughout the nation.                           

Other ways to celebrate National Wildflower Week:

  1. Take a tour around the nature conservancies located right in our backyard 

2. Use the #NationalWildFlowerWeek to post on social media and see what you find!

Image courtesy of Flickr.


  1. “Why Native Plants?� Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The University of Texas at Austin,
  2. All photos provided by Creative Commons.

Let our Furriends for Finals assist you

May 1st, 2018 by Fabiola Hernandez-Soto No comments »

Have a study break with San Francisco SPCA therapy dogs and their awesome humans! They will be visiting Gleeson next week and the week after, so get your puppy cuddles in. Endless tail wags and belly rubs to get you through those “ruff” finals.

Furriends for Finals has you covered.

Brixton, Owen Meany, Benga!, Callie, Prancer, Ollie, Patsy Cline, and Scout will take turns visiting the library on:

  • Wednesday, May 9th, 2-3:30pm
  • Thursday, May 10th, 2-3:30pm
  • Monday, May 14th, 1-2:30pm
  • and Tuesday, May 15th, 1-2:30pm

Stop by the first floor lobby of Gleeson to say hi and hang out with these amazing pups!

GoWrite Kick Off and Go Write Letter Workshop

April 26th, 2018 by Fabiola Hernandez-Soto No comments »

Join Gleeson Library |Geschke Center and GoUSF on Tuesday, May 1st as we host two concurrent events to kick off GoUSF’s GoWrite campaign. May’s GoUSF wellness theme focuses on writing as a practice that can help us slow down, reflect, and practice gratitude.

We will give you instruction on how to write letters to different populations, providing addresses and prompts, and supply inspiration for decorating your letters to maximize aesthetic pleasure.

We’ll have drop-in letter writing on the library’s 2nd floor from 11-2pm with plenty of stationery, pens, and wax seals. Then from 12-1pm we’re hosting a letter writing workshop where participants will be introduced to Braid Mission’s Cards of Hope program, Cards for Hospitalized Kids, and the More Love Letters website.

Students, staff, and faculty are welcome to participate!

There will be prizes!

GoWrite kick-off
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Group Study Area (2nd Fl)
Drop in anytime to engage your (lost) skill of analog letter writing. We will provide stationery, pens, postage, and prompts for getting started

Go Write Letter Writing Workshop
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Group Study Area (2nd Fl)