Copley Library Retreat 2020

Copley Library held its 3rd Annual Library Retreat on January 10, 2020 at the Dana on Mission Bay. This year’s topic was student success, presenters included Chris Nayve, Cynthia Avery, Melissa Halter, and Rebecca Blakiston.

Chris Nayve, Associate Vice President for Community Engagement & Anchor Initiatives at the University of San Diego started the day by discussing the concept of libraries as anchors and how members of USD work with various communities including Linda Vista and the Bayside Community Center, Barrio Logan, City Heights and Tijuana. He also discussed Copley Library’s involvement specifically with Bayside Community Center and the Low Rider Archival project.

Cynthia Avery, Assistant Vice President of Student Life and Melissa Halters, Assistant Vice President of Student Wellness discussed the concept of Generation Z students and ways Copley Library can better understand the majority of the student population and their mediated environment.

Lastly, Rebecca Blakiston, User Experience Librarian & Strategist from the University of Arizona touched on the entire user experience as well as the design mindset. She challenged the attendees by asking them “how might we empower students with the tools, skills, and mindset for a lifetime of success?” She used this challenge as an opportunity for Copley Library faculty and staff to work through creating a prototype of a library user and building a kind of library space that would empower students to succeed in college.

Faculty and staff used the last few minutes of the retreat to reflect on ways to support student success. A special thanks to the Copley Library Retreat Committee for their hard work in putting together a wonderful retreat!


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Final Exams and End of the Semester Renovation Updates!

Final examinations are upon us, as you know, they start on Monday, December 16 and end on Friday, December 20, 2019.  We, the staff at Copley Library, will be here all week, 24 hours a day until the last day of exams. The library will be closing at 9 PM on the last day of exams and will remain closed through the weekend. No worries, though! If you have any last-minute library related things to take care of the library will be open on Monday, December 23 from 8 AM to 5 PM. The library will be closed for the Christmas Holiday through January 1, 2020. For more on hours go here.

Remember you can always make an appointment with your dedicated subject librarian for research assistance. Click here to see the complete list of subject specialists you can consult year-round not just during finals. Besides consultations, you can also search our 24/7 FAQ, send us an email, text message us, or chat live with a librarian during regular hours. Just go to our Ask a Librarian services at:

Given the limited study space at Copley Library due to the renovation this year there are designated study spaces all over campus. Click here for more information.

In other news…

The library’s renovation continues at a steady space. The drywall has gone up in the lower level along with its first coat of paint. The drywall has begun to go up in the library’s main floor. Electrical issues and technical issues with the lower level restrooms have been resolved satisfactorily. Furniture selections and orders keep moving along. Much more framing to come in the next few weeks.

How do we know all of this? Theresa Byrd, Dean of the Library, participated in a hardhat tour of the renovation site. Thanks for sharing these important renovation updates with us Dean Byrd. We can’t for summer 2020 the tentative date for the renovation’s completion!

  • Dean of the University Library, Theresa Byrd touring the first level of the library's renovation site.
  • Drywall and first coat of paint is up!
  • Sandra Ciallella, Associate Vice President, Development, Seth Senior, Director of Development Copley Library and Major Gifts, and Mary Rose McDermott, Director of Development School of Business, joined the OAC team for the walk-through of Copley Library.
  • Dept. Heads Laura Turner, Diane Maher, and Micheal Epstein taking a tour of the library's renovation site.

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Have a wonderful Christmas Holiday and winter break. All the best in 2020!

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Giving Thanks and Gearing Up For Finals

Time to recharge after midterms. No matter what you do or where you go this weekend, know that Copley appreciates your hard work and determination. When you return, we’ll be here, ready to give you the support and information you need to finish off the semester like a champ. To that end, let’s review what is available…

Wait! Where is everyone?? There are no scheduled classes Wednesday through Friday (11/29). The library will be open today (Wednesday) until 5pm, and we will re-open on Sunday (12/1) at 6pm so you can come in and get a head start on the week. (library hours) 

As of Monday the 2nd, (the day classes resume after Thanksgiving break) there will be only two more weeks of regular classes before finals week (December 16th-20th). So take some time to review your game plan and incorporate some of the services Copley has to offer USD students.

  1. Extended hours: Copley’s temporary site is open 24 hours/day beginning on Sunday, December 8th at 12pm through the last day of finals, Friday the 20th at 9pm. 
  2. Reference Librarians are here to help with research, answer questions, and guide you to the resources you need no matter where you are. You can reach them through chat, by phone (619) 260-4765, or in person at the desk during regular reference hours. (reference information page)
  3. Make an appointment with your dedicated subject specialist for research consultations. If you are unsure of your department’s dedicated Librarian, you can search the library web page
  4. Free access to textbooks: Many of your course textbooks are available in the library for short-term checkout (courtesy of ASG). Search for your textbooks by title or professor in the course reserves area of the library website, or in our library catalog. For more information about how to use course reserves, you can watch our video, or visit the library reserves page
  5. Free technology checkout: Mac and PC Laptops, smartphone chargers, extension cords, graphing calculators, and headphones are available free for checkout during library hours with your USD ID card. Laptops can be used on campus outside of the library for up to five hours at a time.
  6. Wireless printing is available at the library North Quiet Study Room and many other locations across campus using your USD ID card. Campus Technology Services has created a simple guide on how wireless printing works and how to get started.
  7. We will be doing some promotions starting the week before finals so you can take a break, play some games, and maybe win a prize! Keep an eye on social media channels for details as they arise.

Remember, seats are limited this semester. We are all very excited about the big changes happening inside the library. Post-renovation we will have ample individual and collaborative learning spaces to choose from. Modern technology will be incorporated throughout, and we will have plenty of power outlets for your gadgets! 

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Check out the renovation information page if you want to learn more.

In the meantime, study space at Copley’s temporary site will be limited to the open spaces in the Mother Hill Reading Room. New students, and those who have relied on finding a cozy spot to study in the library should review the alternate cozy study locations across campus.


Check out our renovation Libguide for answers other common questions. We planned for this renovation, so we are prepared to get you where you need to go to get the things you need to succeed. Please contact us if you have any questions!

Phone: (619) 260-4799

Have a fantastic holiday weekend! We will be here when you return.

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Finalizing Phase III & Entering Phase IV: More Framing, Signage, Selecting Fixtures & Furniture!

As the semester is gearing up for a second round of midterms and the upcoming Thanksgiving break we wanted to catch you up on the happenings regarding Copley Library’s renovation. Since you’re busy, it’s short and sweet!

Framing continues as well the last of the  mechanical and electrical and the work on the new restrooms. Furniture has been a focus as the renovation keeps moving along:  the Welcome Desk has been finalized, while the Reference Desk has been chosen. Different types of signage continue to be discussed. The Dean of the Library and her team among others continue to meet and will soon be finalizing the library’s new user furniture.


We had our first contest winner! Stay tuned for the next contest, it’ll be right before Finals.

Fall 2019 Social Media Contest Winner

Danielle showing off her prizes!

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Popular Haunted Places of San Diego and USD Campus

With the end of October just around the corner, the Halloween spirit has been making its way into San Diego. Haunted house attractions have been set up around town and many horror movies have been coming out in the theaters. Many of them include some of the most popular myths and urban legends from around the world but did you know that San Diego has its own urban legends that you can visit right now?

The Whaley House, located in Old Town San Diego, is said to be the most haunted house in the United States. Many reports say that the spirits of Thomas and Anna Whaley (the original owners of the property), “Yankee Jim” (a man said to be executed on the land where the house stands now), and several other ghosts that include several other women, children and animals have been seen there.  Please use the link below if you want to hear more about the history of this haunted house:

The famous Hotel Del Coronado is also said to be haunted by the ghost of Kate Morgan (AKA: The Beautiful Stranger) who was a woman that was found dead on the property in 1892. It is said that she haunts the room that she stayed in while there and even the beach near the hotel. The link below can explain further details about this ghost:

The University of San Diego even has its very own myths and urban legends. One of the most well-known stories is about the ghost of the Blue Nun. No one really knows who she is but many people have said that they have seen her spirit wandering around campus. If you would like to hear more USD urban legends, the USD New Center website wrote a short article about some of the most well-known ones about the campus and you can use the link below to check them out:


If you would like to read about more San Diego urban legends, check out the book, ”San Diego specters : ghosts, poltergeists, and phantasmagoric tales” by John Lamb, from our collection.

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Library Renovation Phase III: Floor Framing, Duct, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing Work

This past few months, and presently, the library’s renovation crews continue to be extremely busy. Copley Library’s renovation project is moving on schedule. We can’t wait for the drywall to start going up next month on both floors of the library. Before that can happen, duct work must be finalized in order to move on to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work essential for what’s to come over the next six months: new floors, signage, furniture, digital screens, AV rooms, etc. On the lower level stacks in Camino Hall the renovation crew is in the middle of floor framing and will start with its electrical and mechanical upgrades at the end of the month. 

As the project keeps moving along, furniture, layout, and signage decisions will take on a greater role. All three of these items are essential toward creating the new Copley Library. The new furniture will be comfortable and modern, the new signage will be more prominent and useful, while the new layout will allow for easier flow between the user areas such as Reference Services zone and the Access Services Desk. 

The library’s vision of creating a more inviting and dynamic space for the university community will be achieved through a holistic interior design approach. The Research Zone, study rooms and open study spaces, and Access Services Desk will flow more organically due to the open concept layout chosen by the architects and built by the construction crew over the next few months.  

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In other news, look out for our first contest of the semester during the week of Halloween!  Check us out Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more information about library hours, services, workshops, and contests.

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Keep the Light On

Banned Books Week

September 22-28, 2019 is Banned Books Week and Copley Library is commemorating the week with events, prizes, exhibits and more!

Banned Books Week is an annual event, sponsored by the American Library Association, that raises awareness about intellectual freedom and censorship, and celebrates the fact that the majority of the books that have been challenged remain available. As stated by the American Library Association, ensuring that books remain available “happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.”

A bit of history…

ALA Censorship Graphic

Banned Books Week began after the Island Trees School District v. Pico (1982) Supreme Court Case ruling that school officials cannot ban books simply because of content. Books, magazines, programs, and films continue to be challenged, however. According to the ALA, 531 materials were challenged in 2018 with the majority of challenges taking place in public libraries and school libraries. The majority of challenges were made by patrons and parents. Cited reasons for the challenges include that the works contain LGBTQIA+ stories, mental health content, those that include sexually explicit content, content that includes drug use, and content that includes racism. Challenged materials also include those written by certain authors. Challenges are often made in an effort to protect children from “inappropriate” content or “offensive” language. The ALA holds that  “Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that parents—and only parents—have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of their children—and only their children—to library resources.” For more information on Banned Books Week and the American Library Association go to

What will be happening at Copley Library…

Throughout the week, an exhibit about Banned Books is up in Copley Library’s Mother Hill Reading Room. At the exhibit, and at events throughout the week, all members of the USD community are invited to participate in the annual Banned Books raffle. One student and one faculty/staff member will each receive a $125.00 gift card to the Torero store and a copy of their favorite banned book. Announcement of the raffle winner will take place on Friday morning.

On Tuesday, students spent lunchtime enjoying pizza and creating banned book covers. These book covers will be used for the annual “Blind Date with a Banned Book” event that takes place on Thursday September 26th from 3:30pm – 6pm. The USD community can choose a book from the selection of neatly wrapped banned books, check it out, and unwrap it to discover what’s inside.  Both events will take place on the Copley Library Patio and attendees can enter the raffle at both events.

To learn more about what is happening at Copley and to see some of Copley’s student assistants reading from banned books head to our Research Guide.

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