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, or digital formats, along with supportive services such as instruction in information literacy, use of library services, study facilities, computer, and internet access, and the provision of one-on-one research and reference services. Every Holy Family University student, faculty 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 to 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. Ask a library staff member for more information about what services are available.

Click here to read more about specific circulation policies, including 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

Assistant Director
Kathy Kindness
Phone: 267-341-4010 (Newtown) | 267-341-3316 (Philadelphia)
Email: kkindness@holyfamily.edu

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

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

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

Acquisions & 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


Item Type

Circulation Period



Books 3 weeks Yes 10 cents/day
Kids' Books 3 weeks Yes 10 cents/day
Curriculum Kits 1 week Yes $1/day
DVDs 1 week No $1/day
iPads 1 week No $5/day
Reference Books library use only    
Print & Bound Journals library use only    

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 by e-mail, along with alert notices for materials due to be returned soon. To find out more about additional library services, check our Library News.