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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Where is St. Didacus off to this summer? Or summer’s already started! (or Update #1)

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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