Final Construction 2017 Update and Welcome Back!

Welcome Back Toreros! The university had a lot of construction projects this summer, one of these was the Colachis Plaza which included restructuring the Copley Library front entrance with new steps and ramp, while the plaza got a beautiful new fountain and multiple seating areas.  The good news is that the library’s entrance was officially re-opened yesterday, Tuesday, September 05, 2017, after twelve weeks of construction! The library’s old stairs were replaced with an expanded entrance that opens up to the Colachis Plaza. Fortunately, everything was finished just in time for the beginning of the fall semester!

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For a recap of the summer construction project that led to the new library stairs and ramp and a completed Colachis Plaza check out these summer blogs:

Update #1

Update #2

Update #3

Update #4

Update #5

Welcome back and be sure to come in to experience the new entrance steps or visit us online at to check out all that the library has to offer and stay tuned for upcoming events such as the Alcala Bazaar on September 12th and Banned Books Week September 24th-30th.  To keep up-to-date with what is happening in Copley Library you can follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


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Copley Library Welcomes you to the Fall of 2017!


Happy Fall semester 2017 to all you new and returning Toreros out there! This post highlight a few ways that Copley Library can help you succeed in the classroom this fall!

Do you need some help getting started on that first research paper or class project? Visit the reference desk and speak with one of the subject specialist in person or use the Ask a Librarian service to chat, email, text or call on the Reference Librarians; you can also search our Ask a Librarian knowledge base to find answers to frequently asked questions.

Need scholarly articles or books to support your work? Copley has many resources and services to help you with all your scholarly projects. You can start your search in our Online Catalog; this allows you to filter search results to find precisely what you need. If Copley does not own the material you want, we can get it for you. To borrow books we do not have from another San Diego library, search the Circuit Catalog. To borrow other resources we do not own use our Inter-Library Loan Service. Finally, if you are looking for scholarly articles or other information resources such as newspapers, indexes and encyclopedias you can search our list of online research databases.

Need some help developing your research skills or learning how to use a specific library resource or tool? Copley Library offer lots of great workshops every semester so take a look at our workshops calendar and reserve your spot today!


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Summer Construction Update #5

USD is winding down construction of the Paseo de Colachis, our new pedestrian plaza in the middle of campus. Copley Library now has steps laid into the main entrance and new landscaping.  Sidewalks in front of the library are in place and public access to the plaza is slated for August 21st.  Fencing around Copley Library stairs will be the last thing to go, with a plan to remove it by August 31st.  Until that fencing is removed, please continue to use the back entrance to enter the building during our open hours.  Signs will lead you to that entrance. 

In the meantime, you can watch the final stages of construction and cleanup with the USD Construction Cam.

If you need help with materials and services in Copley Library, check out our library services webpage. You also can find answers to frequently asked questions on our Ask A Librarian site or reach a reference librarian through our ASK US chat widget on the library homepage.

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Summer Construction Update # 4

We are nearing the end of construction! The Colachis Plaza project is still on track and is expected to be completed before the start of the fall semester. Here are some behind the scenes pictures of the progress made since we last updated you at the beginning of July.

Are you in need of library assistance, but don’t want to trek through campus construction? A new proactive widget has been installed on our library homepage that allows you to chat with a reference librarian! The chat is a perfect resource if you need instant research assistance. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Stay tuned for the next blog post, which will be our last construction update of the summer!

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We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming

To bring you this break in news about construction. Our work doesn’t stop with the end of the school year (or with construction), and if you’re wondering what we’ve been doing this summer, here are a few of the highlights.

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Summer Construction Update # 3

We hope you had a wonderful 4th of July holiday!

Some of you, like us, may have realized this is the third year in a row that we have a major construction / renovation project at or near the library! Two of the previous projects were to improve the inside of the library, however, this latest one will be improving the main entrance to the library.

Reference Services continue throughout the summer and you can always contact a librarian via email. Here’s a list of the librarians by subject specialty . Of course you can also use the Ask a Librarian service during open hours.  If you are on campus, we invite come in and have a librarian assist you in person. The Summer Reference Schedule and building hours can be found here.

Summer is well underway, we’ll let you know how things are progressing with the new entrance in late July!

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The Staircase is Gone (or Update #2)

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 studying in Copley.


This construction will incorporate the Library entrance with the rest of the Colachis Plaza project. Colachis Plaza, estimated to be completed sometime 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 fountain in front of Copley Library. The Construction Cam is set up just outside the library 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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