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Celebrating Promotions at Gleeson Library!

April 22nd, 2020
Happy National Library Week!  As part of our celebrations, we’d like to share some good news we received recently – the promotion of two of our faculty librarians!  Effective Fall 2020, Gina Solares, our Head of Cataloging and Metadata Management/Interim Head of Systems, has been promoted to the rank of Librarian; while Reference Librarian Colette …

Happy birthday, Dolores Huerta!

April 10th, 2020
Today on her birthday, April 10, we celebrate the life and leadership of legendary civil rights activist and organizer Dolores Huerta. The National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit One Life: Dolores Huerta highlights Huerta’s role as a Latina leader and co-founder of the farm workers’ movement during the 1960s and 1970s. Huerta and Cesar Chavez founded the …

So…Question: What Are Digital Collections?

January 31st, 2020

As the Digital Collections Librarian at Gleeson Library, a question I’m asked from time to time is: “What are digital collections?”

Digital collections are online collections that consist of content digitized from an institution’s unique physical holdings. These online collections are resources that support the continuous learning, instruction, and research needs of those affiliated with the institution, as well as any and all curious minds far and wide, whether these info seekers are in San Francisco, the state of California, in the United States, or across the globe. Because these collections are online, anyone with internet access can use these resources. Access to library digital collections, such as the Gleeson Library Digital Collections, are unrestricted and free. One does not have to be affiliated with the University of San Francisco to access this great digital resource.

Content found in digital collections has been digitized from its physical counterpart in the institution’s onsite collections. This digital content can include digitized newspapers (e.g., The Foghorn – USF Student Newspaper Collection), digitized yearbooks (the USF Yearbooks Collection), digitized rare books (the Rare Book Collection, sourced from Special Collections & University Archives), and digitized photos, such as those in the Japanese American Confinement Sites digital collection, a special collaboration between Gleeson Library and the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS). Digitized content like that in Gleeson Library Digital Collections has significant historical, cultural, and educational importance.

Digitization of content for digital collections is ongoing, which means that a digital collection is a living database that is consistently added to, making the digital collection a dynamic and up-to-date online resource. Because the digitization of physical materials is ongoing, digital collections are routinely expanded upon and changing, bringing new and exciting content to users. For instance, The Foghorn student newspaper is routinely published and digitized, so the The Foghorn digital collection is refreshed with these new issues. The Rare Book Room always has breathtaking literary treasures to share beyond its physical space; hence, the Rare Book Collection features many one-of-a-kind books that users cannot always come in person to see.

Gleeson Library Digital Collections are a remarkable online resource that is comprised of individual digital collections that exist to meet instruction and research needs, and to satisfy the mind of any information seeker no matter where they are in the world. Each of the collections within Gleeson Library Digital Collections documents aspects of the University of San Francisco—its history; its faculty, staff, and student output; and its unique holdings—and in the case of the Japanese American Confinement Sites digital collection, the state of California and the United States as seen through the Japanese American experience during World War II. It is all free and completely accessible online in the way that only digital collections can be.

Take this opportunity to discover Gleeson Library Digital Collections today!

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!