The Staircase is Gone

Once St. Didacus was safely removed from the Copley Library entrance, construction on the new library entrance went into full swing. And YES, Copley is definitely OPEN during construction. The temporary entrance is located at the back of the building. Just follow the signs and library staff will be inside to help you find your way around. 


We are open Monday – Thursday 8am – 9pm ; Friday 8am – 5pm ; Saturday 10 am – 6pm and Sunday 1pm – 9pm. Click here for summer holiday closures and Reference Hours. Also, check out the Services page for info on how we can help during the summer months.

The bulk of the noise (and shaking of the building) occurred last week as the construction crew was demolishing the front staircase. With the staircase out of the way, the rest of construction should not cause too much impact on those working and studying in Copley.


This construction will incorporate the Library entrance with the rest of the Colachis Plaza project. Colachis Plaza, estimated to be completed in August, will feature garden space, walkways, study areas, and a central lawn that will run from Copley Library to the Immaculata. There will also be a new water feature in front of Copley. The Construction Cam is set up just outside Copley so you can see how the project is progressing. Also check back here for updates throughout the summer.

Colachis Plaza Construction Cam



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Where is St. Didacus off to this summer? Or summer’s already started!

Summer at the University of San Diego is well underway with summer classes having started on June 5, 2017.  To help students be more productive while studying and doing homework at the library, our Library I.T. guy has been replacing most if not all of the computers in the library. You’ll start seeing the new computers over the next few weeks if not already.


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For two summers now, Copley Library has again a major renovation project going on. The main entrance will be renovated  throughout most of the summer months in order to blend into the Colachis Plaza expansion. The new plaza and library entrance project is anticipated to last through mid-August. The entrance to Copley Library has moved. The temporary entrance is located at the back of the library building (by Copley Lawn) until we get a new front entrance sometime in August. Feel free to visit us, we’re still open regular summer hours!

For the summer schedule check out the hours page at:

We won’t be able to report on the whereabouts of St Didacus until  late August, he’s off to a new adventure. In the meanwhile, do come back every week to get an update on the new Copley Library entrance and the Colachis Plaza expansion!


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Tired of Studying? Checkout our Top Five Study Break Ideas for Finals 2017


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Finals Exams start tomorrow and in this post we offer some of our favorite suggestions for relaxing between writing papers, studying, test-taking and sleeping.

  1. Exercise Classes. Campus Recreation is offering free GroupEx classes throughout finals.
  2. Study Break on Copley’s Front Lawn: Enjoy free coffee donuts and fruit on Copley’s front lawn May 15th-19th courtesy of Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council and Copley Library.
  3. Feeding Frenzy: Have dinner courtesy of Associated Students, Student Alumni Association and SMILE Club from 5:30pm-7:30pm May 17 at the Degheri Alumni Center Courtyard.
  4. Pool Party: USD Recreation invites you to enjoy snacks, music and pool games from 12pm-2pm May 16th.
  5. Outdoors at USD. There are dozens of beautiful places to walk, run, talk or sit quietly (and not so quietly) at USD and we suggest taking a study break right here on campus. Copley Lawn is often unreserved and open for some quiet exercise, play and maybe even a nap. Other places like the Garden of the Sea at the IPJ, The Maher Rose Garden, and the lawns in front of Colachias Plaza and Plaza de San Diego offer great outdoor space to relax or exercise between exams.

For more information on managing your time, planning your studies, eating healthy and other helpful tips for surviving finals week 2017 checkout this great guide to finals week resources by Student Wellness!

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2017 Digital Initiatives Symposium

The Digital Initiatives Symposium began in 2014 as an avenue for library professionals to come together for discussion about the ever changing digital landscape of libraries and institutional repositories. The Fourth Annual Digital Initiatives Symposium involved two days full of workshops, presentations, and posters that ignited discussion about enhanced user experience and access through a variety of digital platforms. With nearly 200 people in attendance, this was our biggest year yet. On Monday, May 1st, workshop attendees delved into topics such as how to approach copyright with digital collections, new ways to think about project management, and real-world ways to handle metadata. Many attendees joined together after the workshops for Birds of a Feather dinners. These allowed small groups to experience local San Diego restaurants while discussing Digital Humanities, IR Platforms, and Data Management.

Opening Keynote speaker Joan Lippincott.

Tuesday brought another day of presentations, conversations, and inspiration. Joan Lippincott from the Coalition for Networked Information gave the opening keynote address. She discussed how digital initiatives can enhance student learning and apply to learning outcomes for today’s higher education students. 34 presenters from throughout the US then shared their ideas, successes, and challenges with implementing digital initiative projects. Participants were encouraged to use #dis2017 as a way to continue the discussion online. You can check out the great photos and tweets from #dis2017 participants here:


This was the first year of poster presentations and it proved to be a great success. Sixteen presenters created fabulous posters that highlighted digital projects from such institutions as Duke, Regis, and South Dakota State Universities. These posters regaled the symposium lobby for much of the day, and were a feature of the Wine and Cheese Reception in USDs Garden of the Sea.

Attendees praised the speakers, the location, and how welcoming the event felt. Much appreciation goes out to all of those who attended and presented at this year’s Digital Initiative Symposium, and to all of those who helped make this a great success.

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It’s Been Four Years!

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Time flies when you’re having fun or creating a better library for the USD community! Copley Library’s blog hit its fourth year anniversary and we’re pretty excited with what the library has accomplished. Here is a recap of this past year:

  • Summer 2016 HVAC renovations and repair project: After a summer of repair and renovation, Copley Library received a new HVAC unit along with necessary repairs to improve air quality and temperature to make it more comfortable to study and use our services!
  • New Services 2017: We received a lot of requests for mobile printing and with the help of ITS, it launched in February. You can now print from your mobile device! If you’re having trouble with printing on a mobile device while at Copley, you can head over to the new ITS Help Desk located in Copley Library. They’re available Monday through Thursday from 3pm-9pm.  
  • Roy and Marian Holleman Copley Library Student Assistant Scholarship recipients: Copley awarded five student assistants this year with a $500 scholarship! Each recipient must be a current full-time USD undergraduate student with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. They must also be a current Student Assistant at Copley Library and have worked at the library for at least 1 semester. We’re very proud to have these scholarship winners be part of Copley Library!
  • 2017 Digital Initiatives Symposium will be on May 1-2. This is the library’s signature event on digital scholarship. This year’s event will cover topics such as digital humanities, open education resources, copyright, and institutional repositories.

We continue to strive for a great Copley Library and we hope you check out our blog every other Wednesday for updates!

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Coming Soon the 4th Annual Digital Initiatives Symposium


University of San Diego Digital Initiatives Symposium

4th Annual Digital Initiatives Symposium, May 1-2, 2017 at the University of San Diego

1 Gorgeous Location

1 Continental Breakfast

1 Buffet Lunch

1 Wine & Cheese Reception

2 Keynote Addresses

2 Days of Dynamic Programming

3 Workshops

3 Panel Presentations

4 User Group Meetings

4 Birds of a Feather Dinner Groups

12 Concurrent Sessions

+ 16 Poster Presentations


 = 50 reasons to attend the 2017 Digital Initiatives Symposium (DIS) at the University of San Diego!

Now in its fourth year, the dynamic Digital Initiatives Symposium (DIS) brings together librarians, scholars, and information professionals from across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, to discuss the ever-changing landscape of digital initiatives, scholarly communication, open access, and more. On Monday and Tuesday, May 1 and 2, nearly 200 participants will gather for hands-on workshops about metadata, project management, and copyright; panel and concurrent presentations; poster displays; and user groups. Headlining this year’s event are keynote speakers Joan K. Lippincott, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, and Maura Marx, Deputy Director for Library Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The full schedule is available at: Register now through April 17, 2017 at:

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What is ILL? An Interview with two of Copley’s Favorite Detectives


In today’s post we visit with Alex and Leslie from our Inter-library Loan (ILL) department to find out what ILL is and how it can help you.

What is ILL?

Alex: ILL is a resource sharing service that allows us to borrow items such as books and articles from other institutions all over the world; it also allows us to loan Copley owned materials to institutions worldwide.

Leslie: I always tell people that ILL is their third option for books and their second option for articles; if we don’t have an article you need on our shelves or in one of our databases, we try to get it for you. Likewise, if the book you need is not available in Copley’s collection or in our local book exchange (The Circuit) you can send us a request to try and get it for you.

What is the coolest library you have ever loaned something too or borrowed from?

Alex: Well, we loan and borrow from lots of different organizations including libraries, government agencies, museums and even law firms. I guess the CIA is probably the coolest place we ever borrowed from. As far as loaning, I really like it when we are able to loan Copley materials to the U.S. military libraries around the world because they are very small in most cases and they rely heavily on borrowing from others.

Leslie: I like borrowing from the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress because they have awesome collections. Unfortunately, all of their resources have to be restricted to library use only so we don’t borrow from them as much as I would like.

How long does it take for items to arrive?

Alex: It depends. If we can find a library to loan you a book chapter or article we can deliver it electronically in 1-4 days; our average turn around for articles is 12.5 hours Monday-Friday. If we find an organization to loan us a book that you need it has to be delivered through the mail. We always make book requests with places that are nearby when we can but if the only place available happens to be in Spain or Germany, it could take weeks.

What is your favorite thing about ILL?

Leslie: I like the detective work it requires; we do not always have a lot of information to go on and it is very gratifying to track down difficult to find items for our patrons.

Alex:  There is definately some detective work involved and I like that. I also really enjoy being able to provide our patrons with access to materials we do not have, especially rare materials. My favorite thing we have ever borrowed was a very rare bible that we had to insure for $5,000 before they would loan it to us.

If you have any questions about our ILL service feel free to contact Leslie or Alex anytime via email at or via telephone at 619-260-2364. You can also visit our ILL website for more information!

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