Copley Library's Services Available to You during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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We hope you are doing well wherever you may be during these trying times. No one expected this spring semester to become an online and remote access semester. As of March 19, 2020, Copley Library is closed to the public. Nevertheless, we can still assist you remotely through a variety of services such as Interlibrary Loan (ILL), holds pick up and returning checked out materials.

USD community, our library users, rest assured that we do not want to add stress to an already stressful situation, therefore all currently checked out materials (excluding ILL materials) are now due September 15, 2020. For more information on library services during this time be sure to check out the library’s remote services guide.

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Feel free to reach out to your library liaison for assistance with research and for professors besides research assistance let us know how we can help support your online teaching:

We at the university library wish you health and well-being during this world health crisis. Let us respect shelter-in-place and not let the value of the GNP or corporate greed win over the common good.

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Lenten Season 2020

Today, February 16, 2020, is the first day of Lent 2020. The next five weeks will be filled with time to reflect and repent for believers. At the university library we want to help you make the best of this time with books (print and electronic) that can help you explore these next 40 days. The list of books you’ll see ranges from ecofeminist perspectives to an Ignatian spiritual workout book to a variety of guides for Lent and Easter.

The University of San Diego, a Roman Catholic University, will have Ash Wednesday Masses today in Founders Chapel at 12:15 PM and in The Immaculata at 8 AM and 7 PM.

We wish you an introspective experience this Lenten Season (whether you have chosen to give something up or not!). If you want to talk or share about your spiritual journey feel free to reach out to University Ministry.

Spring Break is around the corner, March 2 -6, 2020. We wish you a safe and fun break. Remember should you need us, the library will be open during break: Monday – Friday 8 AM to 5 PM. For more on hours click here.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, to find out more about hours, workshops, special events and contests!

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Top 3 Romance Novels for Valentine’s Day

With St. Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start reading some of the top romance novels of all time! Today I’ll be talking about the Top 3 according to Amazon’s top seller list.

#3 – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This book follows the growing love between Jane and her boss, Mr. Rochester. It also covers such topics as classism, religion, feminism and sexuality.

#2 – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

This best seller is about Claire, a nurse from 1946 England that travels back in time to 1743 Scotland where she falls in love with Jamie, a Scottish warrior.

#1 – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The most popular book on this list is about Elizabeth Bennett and her many ups and downs with her love interest Mr. Darcy. It brings up the question of whether marrying for love or for money is the best.

If these aren’t of interest to you, please check our collection or the collections of many of the other libraries in San Diego using the Circuit Website to find something to your liking.

Make sure to comment below with some of your own recommendations!

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Spring into 2020

Welcome back Toreros! 

We hope you enjoyed the holidays and are refreshed for the Spring 2020 semester. In this post we’d like to highlight information about our ongoing renovation, our upcoming workshops, and our recently published 2018-2019 Annual Report. 

Copley Library Renovation 

The library renovation is still well underway and we’re excited by the progress. Please visit our Copley Library Renovation Guide for answers to common questions about library access, our services, and study spaces throughout the renovation. You can also read more about the renovation and the rest of USD’s Renaissance Plan Projects here

Spring 2020 Workshops

Copley Librarians are hosting a number of informative and exciting new workshops this semester for undergraduate, graduate, and first generation students, as well as USD faculty and staff.  Topics include plagiarism, visual literacy and communication, scholarly publishing, and more! A few workshops are also eligible for Compass and Connect points. Click here for details. 

2018-2019 Annual Report

We recently published the 2018-2019 Copley Library Annual Report which celebrates our accomplishments from the past year, including a new collection for Special Collections, the most recent Holleman Foundation Scholarship Winners, our McNair Scholars Summer Research Program, and naming opportunities for the new library space. Read the full report here

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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.

To stay up with all of the happenings at the library follow us on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,

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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