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  • Rosetta Stone Language Solution

    Posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 2:26 p.m.

    Do you want to learn a foreign language?

    The  library can help you. We now have a subscription to Rosetta Stone Library Solution. Elementary instruction is available for 30 languages, including Spanish, French, Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, Italian, German, Latin, and many more.

    To get started, follow these simple steps:

    1. Go to: Rosetta Stone Library Solution
    2. Create an account (enter your SCU email address and select a password)
    3. Select the language you want to learn

    Voilà!  You can also download the Rosetta Stone app and learn on the go on your iPad or iPhone.

    If you have any questions about the Rosetta Stone Library Solution, please contact

  • Crucifixion Meditations

    Posted Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 10:26 a.m.

    Please visit the 2nd Floor Hallway of the Learning Commons to view Crucifixion Meditations. The exhibit will be on display during Lent 2015.

    CRUCIFIXION MEDITATIONS  is an exhibition of drawing prints by John Steczynski (M.F.A. Yale) and Aileen Callahan(M.F.A. Boston University). Both artists are affiliated with the Fine Arts Department of Boston College (Callahan teaches currently and Steczynski is recently retired), and both treat the Crucifixion as a vehicle for spiritual prayerful reflection which is removed from political perspectives.

    These drawings have been exhibited  in Gargan Hall, Bapst Library in the Arts Festival of Boston College, The Lied Gallery of Creighton University, Omaha, NE,  The Graduate Theological Union Library, Berkeley, CA and St. Louis University Pius XII Memorial Library, Marquette University, Raynor Library, and Fairfield University, DiMenna-Nyselius Library.

    Both artists are included in the book: THE CRUCIFIXION IN AMERICAN ART by Robert Henkes (McFarland & Co.  2003).

    These drawings do not narrate the story of the Crucifixion.  For Steczynski,  his images evolve out of colored ink hatchings.  They relate to post-modernism in their use of the appropriation, eclecticism and focus on the body.  They are to operate as visual prayers that have their roots in devotional experience.  They derive from the tradition of imagery inspired by devotion, piety and faith.  The imagery is  focused on as mystery and presence.  The images are thus always the same as the same time that they  change when placed in different contexts.  Thus the “Crucifixion(s) in a time of ….”etc.

    Callahan’s work has expressionist line and charcoal glimpses of a head, shoulders, crown of thorns and dark instruments as though a scene is moving and one’s view is a fragment.  The drawings are not places in a sequence which records an event, but rather are places to repeat the feelings and focus on the theme as a meditation. The titles work with the drawings to allow multiple meanings and capture “gestures” of the images. The viewer is near the image.  The viewer is in its space.

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  • A Tribute to Maya Angelou

    Posted Monday, February 9, 2015 at 12:06 p.m.

    A Tribute to Maya Angelou

    In response to an overwhelming demand for the Winter Literary Cuisine event, we are hosting a second event, free of charge. The Library invites you to a Brown Bag event to celebrate the life and work of Maya Angelou. This will be the same program as the Literary Cuisine program which was on February 9. We invite you to bring your own lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided.

    Monday, February 23, noon - 1 p.m.
    Saint Clare Room, 3rd Floor
    Learning Commons
    Please RSVP here.

    This event features a line-up of guests from across campus. Aldo Billingslea, Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion as well as a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, will recite some of Maya Angelou's poems, along with student Regina Fields. Additionally, Allia Ida Griffin, professor in the English Department, will provide a short overview of Maya Angelou's life and work.

    Please direct ADA/504 accommodation requests to Joanne Britton (408-551-1753, TTY 1-800-735-2929, at least 48 hours prior to the event.

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  • We Need New Names

    Posted Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 1:06 p.m.

    Winter Book of the Quarter
    Thu Feb 26, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

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  • Treasures from the Vault

    Posted Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:53 a.m.

    Archives and Special Collections at the Santa Clara University Library is pleased to present "Treasures from the Vault." This exhibit will feature the library's rare books and manuscripts with strengths in pre-1800 theology and Jesuitica. Please join us for an open house to view selected pieces from the collection..

    Please direct ADA/504 accommodation requests to Joanne Britton (408-551-1753, TTY 1-800-735-2929, at least 48 hours prior to the event.

    Learning Commons
    3rd Floor, Norman F. Martin, S.J. Reading Room
    Wednesday, February 11
    11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Renovation Revealing Reception

    Posted Monday, January 5, 2015 at 11:45 a.m.

    Join us near the Library Help Desk for light refreshments to celebrate our recent renovations and check out the changes made over the break.

    Learning Commons, behind the Library Help Desk
    Thursday, January 15
    noon - 2 p.m.                                                                                                                            

  • Like Us For Ike's!

    Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.

    Like and Follow the Learning Commons on Facebook between November 5, 2014 - December 5, 2014 to automatically be entered to win one of FOUR gift cards to IKE's LOVE & SANDWICHES!

    Winners will be notified via Facebook private message on December 8, 2014 and must claim prizes at the University Library Help Desk by December 23, 2014.



  • La Verdad Y La Justicia

    Posted Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.

    Book of the Quarter
    Wed Nov 12, 4-5:15 p.m.

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  • Open Access Textbooks

    Posted Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 2:22 p.m.

    Thu Oct 23, 12:15-1:15 p.m.

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  • Mission Santa Clara Manuscript Collection

    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 at 4:15 p.m.

    Unveiling the Mission Santa Clara Manuscript Collection: New Guide Available for Research

    The Mission Santa Clara Manuscript Collection Processing Project in Archives & Special Collections has organized and described the Mission Santa Clara manuscripts and created an initial finding aid for the Collection, which has been published on the Online Archive of California.

    Mission Santa Clara’s valuable Manuscript Collection consists of hundreds of manuscripts primarily written and collected by the Franciscan missionaries from the founding of the Mission in 1777 until the arrival of the Jesuits in 1851.  The manuscripts deal not only with the missionaries’ spiritual endeavors, but with various aspects of daily life at Mission Santa Clara.  The Manuscript Collection includes sacramental records, account books, annual reports, governmental and ecclesiastical correspondence, choirbooks, and instructions on wool-processing, health care and cuisine, among others.

    In addition to the creation of the finding aid, the Mission Santa Clara Manuscript Collection Processing Project will digitize and translate a selection of its documents.

  • Arts Study Break

    Posted Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 9:15 a.m.

    Take a 20 minute break from studying at the
    Arts Study Break with SCLOrk!

    Santa Clara University's Laptop Orchestra, SCLOrk, will be here for an encore performance.

    Tuesday, June 10
    5 p.m.
    Learning Commons
    Lower Level, Living Room

    Brought to you by SCU’s Fine Arts Support Team (F.A.S.T.) and the Library.
    For quiet study space during this event, please use the 2nd or 3rd floors.

  • Food for Fines - Spring 2014

    Posted Monday, May 26, 2014 at 11:40 a.m.

    May 27 - Jun 13

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  • How Are We Doing? You Told Us.

    Posted Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 2:25 p.m.

    Thank you to all who participated in this year’s LibQUAL+ survey – the best response ever.

    Our initial analysis of your responses is now available. The results include what you like about the University Library and what you want. You will also find information about what we are planning, and comparisons to previous surveys. If you want more detail, links to the complete report plus a discipline analysis report are accessible from the home tab.

    As you will see, we are already implementing a number of your suggestions and exploring ways to implement other changes.

    If you have any questions or comments about these results, please contact Sophia Neuhaus, University Library Assessment Officer, at or 408-554-5431.

  • SCU in El Salvador: A Quest for Justice

    Posted Monday, May 5, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.

    Literary Cuisine
    Tue May 27, noon-1:30 p.m.

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  • Book Sale

    Posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 14
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Learning Commons Arcade

    • Paperbacks $1
    • Hardcovers $2
    • Media $2

    100% of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to Friends of African Village Libraries.

    Please direct ADA/504 accommodation requests to Joanne Britton (408-551-1753, TTY 1-800-735-2929) at least 48 hours prior to event.

    The Library will be accepting donations of books, videos, DVDs, CDs, and audiotapes from faculty and staff through Friday, April 25. All deliveries may be made to the Circulation Desk. Please indicate your name on the box/bag and that the items are for the Book Sale. Please also note how many items are included. For every 5 items donated, you will receive a coupon good for 1 free item during the Book Sale.