Policies and Staff

Who Can Use the Library?

The library's mission is to support the academic programs of the University through the provision of high-quality information resources in print, audiovisual, and digital formats, along with supportive services such as instruction in information literacy, use of library services, study facilities, computer and internet access, and one-on-one research and reference services. Every Holy Family University student, faculty member or instructor, and staff member has access to the library's building, collection, and services.

Your University photo ID is your library card on campus. To access online resources from off-campus, use the links on this website and log in using your Canvas log-in information.

The library also provides non-academic services such as limited collection of leisure reading and entertainment DVDs. Access to the library's print collections is a privilege for alumni who are registered with the Alumni Association. Anyone may come in and use the print resources of the Northeast campus Library and LRC in-house subject to a librarian's permission. However, checking out materials and using computers are privileges reserved for current members of the Holy Family University community (students, faculty, staff, and Board members). Courtesy services are provided to students and faculty of sister institutions in the SEPCHE and TCLC consortia. Library materials may be renewable online, and most library materials can be requested to be put on reserve for convenient pickup. Checkout receipts are available, along with alert notices for materials due to be returned.

Ask a library staff member for more information about what services are available.

Click here to read more about specific library circulation services including policies, loan times, fines, and reserves.

Library Staff and Contact Information

Library Services, General Information (Philadelphia)
Phone: 267-341-3315
Fax: 215-632-8067
Email: reference@holyfamily.edu

Library Services, General Information (Newtown)
Phone: 267-341-4010
Fax: 215-504-2050

Executive Director
Shannon Brown
Phone: 267-341-3314
Email: sbrown10@holyfamily.edu

Information Literacy Librarian
Erin Carney
Phone: 267-341-3312
Email: ecarney@holyfamily.edu

Interlibrary Loan Librarian
Debby Kramer
Phone: 267-341-3584
Email: dkramer@holyfamily.edu

Reference Librarian
Robert Ellermeyer
Phone: 267-341-3316
Email: rellermeyer@holyfamily.edu

Systems Librarian
Justin Sewell
Phone: 267-341-3573
Email: jsewell2@holyfamily.edu

Acquisitions & Technical Services Coordinator
Gina Palumbo
Phone: 267-341-3311
Email: gpalumbo@holyfamily.edu

Access Services Coordinator
Stephanie Mendes
Phone: 267-341-3315
Email: smendes@holyfamily.edu

Library Assistant
Joe Ward
Phone: 267-341-3315
Email: jward@holyfamily.edu

University Archivist
Sr. Brendan O'Brien, CSFN
Phone: 267-341-3414
Email: srbrendan@holyfamily.edu

                  


 

 

 

Library Forms

  Ask A Librarian (Chat or Email)
Do you have a question about research, library services, hours, or another library issue? Use the Chat With a Librarian feature or email form on this page to get help.

Course Reserve Request Form
Instructors can request that library materials, including books, copies of articles, and DVDs, be placed on reserve at either the Philadelphia campus library or Newtown's Learning Resource Center for in-library or short-term use by students in their classes. Instructors may also place items they own on reserve for their classes.

  Faculty Textbook Donations
Faculty may use this form to donate textbooks to the Library. Faculty should review the textbook for currency and accuracy of content, and its fitness for student use, prior to donation. HFU librarians will review all donations and notify faculty of their decision.

  Interlibrary Loan Form
Books and journal articles not available at Holy Family may be obtained via Interlibrary Loan. You must be a student, faculty, or staff member of the university to use this service. Some materials, such as textbooks, popular movies, and newly-published books may not be available through this service.

  Leonard Seminar Room
The Leonard Seminar Room is named in honor of Patricia Moorhouse Leonard (Class of ‘59) and is available by reservation to HFU students, faculty, and staff. The room can accommodate 2 - 4 people, and is equipped with a ViewSonic IFP 7550 Touch Display ViewBoard with full Windows capability, and a wide-angle webcam. Food and drink are prohibited in the Leonard Seminar Room. Click here for more information and to request a reservation.

  Schedule an Instruction Session
Instructors at either Holy Family University location may use this form to request library instruction for their classes. A librarian will respond to your request as soon as possible, and we will discuss the details of your instruction session.

  Suggest Items for the Library
This service allows Holy Family University faculty, staff, and students to recommend items for purchase by the Library. Items will be considered as long as they support the University's academic programs and fit within the Library's budget. HFU Librarians will review all suggestions and notify requesters of their decision.

 

 

 

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Library Announcements: click here for library updates or chat with us via the Chat with a Librarian link to the right!

 

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The HFU Library has all the tools you need to succeed—librarians available to help with your research, day or night, seven days a week; Tiger Wi-Fi, computers and printers; coffee, snacks and quiet study rooms; and, of course, outstanding academic resources in every concentration.

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Library Hours

Philadelphia Library

Philadelphia Library | Spring 2021 Hours

Monday - Thursday  7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday  7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday  Closed

 

Please reach out with any questions using the reference@holyfamily.edu email, the chat tab, or call 267-341-3315.

Chat is staffed by HFU librarians during the Philadelphia Campus Library's operating hours, and is monitored 24/7/365!


Newtown Site LRC

Newtown LRC | Spring 2021 Hours

Tuesday and Thursday
10 AM - 6 PM
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Closed
Saturday and Sunday Closed

 

Please reach out with any questions using the reference@holyfamily.edu email, the chat tab, or call 267-341-3315.

Chat is staffed by HFU librarians during the Philadelphia Campus Library's operating hours, and is monitored 24/7/365!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Library Announcements: click here for library updates or chat with us via the Chat with a Librarian link to the right!

 

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Welcome! We're here to help you!

The HFU Library has all the tools you need to succeed—librarians available to help with your research, day or night, seven days a week; Tiger Wi-Fi, computers and printers; coffee, snacks and quiet study rooms; and, of course, outstanding academic resources in every concentration.

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  • As part of the MLK Day of Service, the Student Engagement Office is recruiting students to join our ACE Team - Ambassadors for Civic Engagement. Members of the ACE Team will promote Social Media posts and encourage their HFU peers to be civically engaged by volunteering, registering to vote, voting, etc. To be a part of this team, email SEO@holyfamily.edu.
  • Donations are needed for our partner organizations, Angels in Motion, Jewish Relief Agency, and Our Lady of Hope. For a complete list of items needed, click here.

  • Items can be donated and shipped to campus via this Amazon wish-list. See detailed instructions here.
  • Jewish Relief Agency (JRA) serves over 6,000 diverse low-income individuals across Greater Philadelphia by relieving hunger, improving lives, and strengthening our community. For a complete list of JRA programs and initiatives, click here.

  • Volunteers are needed for various packing and delivery events (listed below) at the Jewish Relief Agency warehouse located at 10980 Dutton Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19154. See complete details, including updated safety protocols, and register at: jewishrelief.org 

  • Sunday, January 10 – Volunteer Packing Event

  • Wednesday, January 13 – Volunteer Delivery Event

  • Friday, January 15 – Volunteer Delivery Event

  • Sunday, January 17 – Volunteer Delivery Event
  • In light of COVID-19 restrictions, Holy Family will host a virtual MLK Day of Service event via Zoom on Monday, January 18 beginning at 1:00 PM EST. An overview of the schedule is shown below. Register for the event sessions here.

    • 1:20 PM “Make it Monday”: Follow along and create service projects and items from home (such as blessing bags, cards for the elderly, etc.) that can be donated to our community partners.
    • 2:00 PM - “Service: The Urgency of Now”: Back by popular demand! Watch a recording of “Service: The Urgency of Now” presented by Jeffry Cadorette of Rotary International.
    • 2:55 PM Closing Remarks: Reflect and hear about future service initiatives planned from MLK Day of Service Committee.

    Reminder: Be sure to post photos of your MLK Day of Service activities and Simple Acts of Service to social media using the hashtag #HFUServes!

  • If you (and others from the HFU Community) will be volunteering for MLK Day of Service in some other way not mentioned here, please let us know here Please give as much information as possible to help us track and count our total service impact. Thank you for participating!
 
  • The MLK Day of Service Committee invites the entire Holy Family Community to continue spreading gratitude via ‘Simple Acts of Service’. View some Simple Acts of Service examples here and be sure to post photos or stories of your ‘Simple Acts’ on social media using the hashtag #HFUserves.

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