Fall 2018 Library Tours

Get to know Gleeson Library|Geschke Center better by joining us on a library tour! A library staff member will show you around our beautiful building, and all that it has to offer. Tours are about 30 minutes long. There’s no need to sign up ahead of time – just meet us in the lobby of the library!

This fall, we are offering beginning-of-the-semester tours:

  • Tuesday 8/21/18 12:00noon
  • Wednesday /22/18 10:00am
  • Thursday 8/23/18 3:00pm
  • Friday 8/24/18 12:00noon
  • Saturday 8/25/18 3:00pm
  • Sunday 8/26/18 3:00pm
  • Monday 8/27/18 3:00pm
  • Tuesday 8/28/18 7:00pm

And, we’ll also be giving tours monthly throughout the semester:

  • Thursday, September 20th at 12noon
  • Thursday, October 18th at 12noon
  • Thursday, November 15th at 12noon

Photo: Randy Souther


Library Streaming Video Changes Sept. 1

The USF community has access to tens of thousands of videos and clips owned or licensed by Gleeson Library. You’ll find the library’s streaming video collections listed here; individual titles from these collections as well as DVDs, where streaming access is not available, are listed in the library catalog.

Beginning September 1, 2018, the Library is changing the way we get access to streaming videos from one of our streaming collections, Kanopy.  This change will make our Kanopy licensing more like the way we license streaming videos from other sources, and will help us make better-informed decisions about library spending on this rapidly-growing acquisitions area.

Under the new “mediated” licensing model, faculty must let us know in advance, preferably at least two weeks ahead of time, when a video is needed for a class. This is because the high cost of the former “patron-driven acquisition” model, in which licenses for streaming videos are triggered upon viewing, is not sustainable for the library with our current budget.

Here’s how it will work:

Videos from Kanopy, and some of our other streaming videos as well, are licensed for one year at a time. So, even if a video was available previously, be sure to check the catalog to make sure it’s still accessible before assigning it to students.

If you click on a Kanopy video we don’t currently license, you’ll see a request form. For students, if you see the request form, please ask a librarian for assistance in obtaining access to the film. For faculty, you can use the form to let us know a film is needed, or you can contact your library liaison. If we don’t have access to the film we’ll attempt to license or purchase it in the way that best meets faculty needs for teaching.



Beginning July 24, the Library will have a new way to login to online resources

The Library is implementing a new authentication system called OpenAthens, which will go-live on Tuesday, July 24. OpenAthens is an identity and IP-based system that provides access to our licensed online resources (databases, ejournals, ebooks, and streaming video) using single sign-on technology. It provides a more secure and reliable experience for users. This solution should also resolve the “proxy error” access issue many users have been encountering.

On July 24, the experience of accessing online resources will change:

  • All users will now need to sign-in via OpenAthens regardless of whether you are on-campus or off-campus.
  • Once logged in, sessions last up to 8 hours unless browser cookies and cache are cleared.
  • Please see the OpenAthens guide for more information on what to expect.

Access to online resources will be affected on the go-live date, Tuesday, July 24, and there may be intermittent downtime for the remainder of that week. We apologize in advance for this inconvenience. If you are unable to access a resource, ask a librarian.

As part of the implementation, we will gradually move library online resources from our previous authentication system, WAM, to OpenAthens. For those faculty, staff, and students that share permalinks to EBSCO/Fusion, ProQuest, or Gale resources in Canvas and elsewhere on the web, please search again for these resources and update your links by the start of the fall semester.

Eventually, all resources will be moved to OpenAthens. To avoid broken links, beginning December 1, 2018, please update all other permalinks by the start of the spring semester 2019. More information on linking to online resources is available on the OpenAthens guide.

Please contact eresources@usfca.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

Library Hours – Summer 2018

Gleeson Library | Geschke Center Hours

Summer 2018

May 21, Monday – August 12, Sunday

Monday—Thursday               8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Friday                                             8:00 AM—6:00 PM

Saturday                                    10:00 AM—6:00 PM

Sunday                                                                      Closed


May 28, Monday, Memorial Day               Closed

July 4, Wednesday, Independence Day Closed


August 13, Monday – August 20, Monday

Monday—Friday                      8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday                                           10:00 AM—6:00 PM

Sunday                                                                      Closed


May 28, Monday, Memorial Day               Closed


Atrium Summer Hours

The Gleeson Library atrium is open only during library business hours, and closes with the library.

Donohue Rare Book Room

Hours: Mon – Fri 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 (415) 422-2036

Please call ahead to schedule an appointment.


Library Hours are also available at:

 (415) 422-2044



Recent Graduate Alumni Borrowing Card Offer

The Library is offering a FREE Gleeson Alumni Special Borrower card to individuals that have graduated from USF within the last 12 months. Qualifying alumni should apply for this offer in person at the library (please note that student library privileges are active through the end of the inter-session following the semester graduated; for our very recent graduates, we recommend waiting to apply for this offer until after your student library privileges have expired). After processing the application at the library, the OneCard office will issue the Gleeson Alumni Special Borrower card.

The card will be valid for one year, after which you will be welcome to renew at the standard Gleeson Alumni Special Borrower rate. The Gleeson Alumni Card is valid only at Gleeson Library and borrowing is only for Gleeson Library materials (no Link+ or interlibrary loan). Databases may only be accessed from within the Library. Full description of privileges and rates available to Alumni Special Borrowers.

If you have any questions or want more information, please contact the Access Services department by email or by telephone during our open hours at (415) 422-2662.


Happy National Wildflower Week from Gleeson Library!

Here is a guest post from Jacqueline Cao, a student assistant in the Reference Department.


Spring is here, and that means it’s time to celebrate National Wildflower Week by taking time to notice the vibrant blooms throughout the United States. National Wildflower Week is celebrated during the first full week of May.  This week commemorates the beautiful wildflowers that bring life and color to our natural landscapes. Whether they are growing on pastures, mountainsides, surfaces of the freeway, forests, or even our own backyards, wildflowers are more than the eye can see. They create habitats, help conserve water, and even reduce erosion (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center).

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas sponsors National Wildflower Week. The Center is located at The University of Texas at Austin, where they aim to “inspire the conservation of native plants…, provide habitat for wildlife, and enhance human health and happiness.” The Center uses native plants to restore and create healthy landscapes. I am sure we can all recall spotting beautiful wildflowers, from Purple Coneflowers (Echinaceas), to colorful Zinnias (Zinnia violacea), and Orange California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica), these flowers are all around us!

 Gleeson Library has a similar program called the Seed Library. The seed library aims to create a space where students are encouraged to try their hand at growing something. They also aim to provide opportunities for the USF community to discuss global agriculture and the economics of food, all while encouraging the sharing of local seeds. USF students, faculty, and staff can use the seed library at no cost. There are dozens of different flowers in which you can choose from. All you have to do is log your name and email address in the “My Seed Library Log” to borrow one of the many seed packets. This is a partnership program with USF’s Urban Agriculture Program. The Urban Agriculture program also hosts a community garden that all members of the local and USF community are welcome to participate in.

Intrigued by the beauty of these wildflowers? Are you wondering where you should go if you want to see wildflowers in your area? No matter where you are located, there are great places to view wildflowers. Check out the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website to find out where the wildflower reserves are! You can also check out the following map of wildflowers in North America on iNaturalist to spot photos of wildflower sightings throughout the nation.                           

Other ways to celebrate National Wildflower Week:

  1. Take a tour around the nature conservancies located right in our backyard 

2. Use the #NationalWildFlowerWeek to post on social media and see what you find!

Image courtesy of Flickr.


  1. “Why Native Plants?” Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The University of Texas at Austin, http://www.wildflower.org/about/why-native-plants.
  2. All photos provided by Creative Commons.

Let our Furriends for Finals assist you

Have a study break with San Francisco SPCA therapy dogs and their awesome humans! They will be visiting Gleeson next week and the week after, so get your puppy cuddles in. Endless tail wags and belly rubs to get you through those “ruff” finals.

Furriends for Finals has you covered.

Brixton, Owen Meany, Benga!, Callie, Prancer, Ollie, Patsy Cline, and Scout will take turns visiting the library on:

  • Wednesday, May 9th, 2-3:30pm
  • Thursday, May 10th, 2-3:30pm
  • Monday, May 14th, 1-2:30pm
  • and Tuesday, May 15th, 1-2:30pm

Stop by the first floor lobby of Gleeson to say hi and hang out with these amazing pups!