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: http://www.sandiego.edu/library/about-us/hours.php

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: https://twitter.com/hashtag/dis2017?src=hash.


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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