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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,
  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!

GoWrite Kick Off and Go Write Letter Workshop

Join Gleeson Library |Geschke Center and GoUSF on Tuesday, May 1st as we host two concurrent events to kick off GoUSF’s GoWrite campaign. May’s GoUSF wellness theme focuses on writing as a practice that can help us slow down, reflect, and practice gratitude.

We will give you instruction on how to write letters to different populations, providing addresses and prompts, and supply inspiration for decorating your letters to maximize aesthetic pleasure.

We’ll have drop-in letter writing on the library’s 2nd floor from 11-2pm with plenty of stationery, pens, and wax seals. Then from 12-1pm we’re hosting a letter writing workshop where participants will be introduced to Braid Mission’s Cards of Hope program, Cards for Hospitalized Kids, and the More Love Letters website.

Students, staff, and faculty are welcome to participate!

There will be prizes!

GoWrite kick-off
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Group Study Area (2nd Fl)
Drop in anytime to engage your (lost) skill of analog letter writing. We will provide stationery, pens, postage, and prompts for getting started

Go Write Letter Writing Workshop
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Group Study Area (2nd Fl)

Zine Making and Simple Binding Workshop

Come find out what Zines are all about.  Make a zine or learn some simple binding techniques and make a small notebook.  The Zine & Simple Binding Workshop is on Thursday April 26th from 11:00am to 2:00pm up on the second floor of the Gleeson Library.

A “Zine” is a self published magazine.  They come in many forms: anything from hand printed art stitched together in a cloth binding to photocopies stapled together.  And zines can be about anything: poetry, photography, comics, memoirs, social commentary and criticism.

The Gleeson Zine Library focuses on social justice issues and seeks to represent underrepresented voices but considers any donation on any topic from the USF Community.

Gleeson to co-host 30th anniversary release party for student-run literary magazine The Ignatian

Every year, around this time – when finals are quickly approaching and summer seems both far away and right here – The Ignatian literary magazine comes out, breathing a burst of great, carefully curated creative writing onto campus for everyone to read.

This year, The Ignatian is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Its editorial staff, comprised of USF students who publish the magazine as part of a year-long class facilitated by English Department faculty member John Gibbs, will release this year’s issue on Thursday, April 26th.

Gleeson Library|Geschke Center celebrates the magazine’s past and present staff members and their accomplishments, and is pleased to co-host a release party and reading (open to the campus community) in the Library Atrium on the 26th from 6pm-8pm.

We’ve also created a special pop-up reading nook near the fountain in the library’s foyer, complete with past issues of The Ignatian available to peruse for the remainder of April, which is also National Poetry Month.

Finally, in anticipation of the magazine’s current issue release, the library caught up with student editors Hannah Bendiksen and Natalia Rocco to talk about the literary magazine’s legacy, the current issue, and what it’s like to bring The Ignatian to life. Their thoughtful responses to our questions make us even more excited to read the upcoming issue, and add it to Gleeson’s collection.

Can you tell us a little bit about The Ignatian’s history and past contributors?

HB: Although we celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Ignatian as we know it today, as a journal of prose, poetry, and art, The Ignatian has existed since 1910 in the form of a literary journal, alumni magazine, sports report, yearbook, faculty publication and more. During the free speech movement in the 1960s, the magazine moved off campus to exercise more creative freedom. The magazine’s return to the USF campus in 1988 marks the start of our thirty-year affiliation and partnership.

The Ignatian has quite the history of publishing social commentary, from a 1914 editorial condemning the onset of World War I to articles written in support of the civil rights movement. This year, The Ignatian continues to be a vehicle for creative work that is both socially engaged and literary. What I love about The Ignatian is that it contains work from all over the US, and from individuals from all walks of life. We’ve even published work submitted from prison. This impresses upon me just how vital and life-giving writing is across all ages and circumstances, and I am thankful that The Ignatian is the recipient of so many diverse voices.

As editors, how do you feel about being part of The Ignatian’s long history? How did you approach this 30th year issue?

NR: It’s always a pleasure to begin going through the submission process. The Ignatian is active year-round, but we don’t get to work on the pieces until the spring semester. Once February comes, however, a surge of energy takes over the entire staff and the fun finally begins. When Hannah and I first joined, we were merely readers talking about prose and poetry with our peers, enjoying the debate and fighting for pieces we love and believe in…Since The Ignatian is the product and reflection of its staff, we have to make sure our [staff is] fully involved in the discussion… We were fortunate enough to have such an engaging group of people join this year, that it made our jobs so much easier…The 30th issue is a big one. For us, that is. Perhaps it’s due to our excitement of simply being a part of The Ignatian for an anniversary issue. Nonetheless, “it has to be big,” we said. Which is why we’re so thankful to have such proactive staff members. We wanted good content for our readers, and they dug deep in our submission pile for the little gems. We really do hope everyone enjoys it.

HB: It is an honor to be a part of The Ignatian’s long history and a long line of editors. I think it is more important than ever to assert the importance of the arts and to support emerging writers amidst the changing landscape of San Francisco. What’s more, as a greater number of literary magazines digitize, it is a privilege to produce another print journal, which requires distinct artistry and vision. I can’t wait to hold the magazine in my hands and feel the physical weight of the words; when I hold it, I can imagine it as a tangible cultural artifact in years to come, representative both of our university, our city, and our epoch.

What aspect(s) of this current issue are you most excited about?

HB: We’re excited to work with a new publisher, and the heads of our design team, Cathrin Jacob and Sophia Passin, have curated stellar artwork. I love the process of selecting submissions, but I also love when it comes time to lay out the magazine and order it. It is consistently surprising that a pattern inevitably emerges, in which the art informs the writing and vice versa.

This year, we are publishing three features that highlight particular neighborhoods and cultural legacies of San Francisco itself, from a street ministry in the Tenderloin to Balboa Street to the punk rock scene. Since my time working with The Ignatian, the features have challenged us as staff members to do more than passively participate in the greater SF community. They require engaging in conversation with writers at open mics, interviewing organizations and individuals, and ultimately tuning in to the challenges and aspirations of the publishing world and beyond. These are no doubt daunting, but also energizing and inspiring, conversations. I am thrilled to immortalize the smaller sub-sects of the many bubbles of culture and eccentricity that exist in our city.

NR: The staff features! [A] main focus we had for the 30th edition was to make The Ignatian a literary journal that embraces its environment, and the features do exactly that. It explores San Francisco in the most revealing way…It’s truly something to bookmark. [We’ve been] excited to work with Berkeley’s Edition One, and we hope to continue this relationship, maybe, forever. Only a Bart ride away, Edition One gives us the chance to view their work and plan out how we want to magazine to look and feel. It’s a whole new aspect of the publishing world that we [get the chance to] experience, and we’re so grateful for that radical voice in one of our meetings that suggested [working with Edition One].

What do you hope for The Ignatian in its next 30 years?

NR: TO STAY IN PRINT! Having worked for the magazine for all these years, it’s difficult to imagine ever reading it in digital form… From [the magazine’s] size, to the page color, to the material … [i]t’s all part of the experience. Moreover, it’s truly an astonishing accomplishment as an undergraduate to help create a physical book. As an English major hoping to get into publishing, creating a print magazine helps motivate me to pursue this dream even more.

HB: We currently accept submissions from all around the country and world, and I hope The Ignatian will continue to increase its visibility and branding. In a world with so many voices competing to be heard, marketing The Ignatian to a broader audience can seem daunting at times. But I have faith that as long as there are zealous, innovative USF students willing to accept the challenge, The Ignatian’s published writers and artists will make their mark. I hope in years to come we will continue to steadily increase our visibility in the small press and literary hubbub of San Francisco, as well as expand our online presence through social media campaigns and our blog. We are constantly looking for a balance between our USF identity and that which makes us unique amongst other university publications.

What has working on The Ignatian added to your experience at USF?

NR: I grew up in a family that has built their careers in the medical field. Unfortunately for my parents, I’m not enrolled in USF’s nursing program. I like books, so I’m pursuing a degree in English! This was scary for my parents, which then made it scary for me. However, being involved in a project like The Ignatian reminds why I even took the leap to a liberal arts degree. It’s my passion, and I love being surrounded by others who feel the same way.

HB: In the role of deputy editor my sophomore year and editor-in-chief my senior year, The Ignatian has taught me a lot about how to lead a team and how to encourage others to voice their ideas. Every semester The Ignatian begins as a class, and my goal is to turn it into a community in which everyone feels as though their opinions are valued. It is important to me that everyone feels as though they have something at stake, because the beauty of a literary magazine is the many voices represented, not just in the form of the contributors but in the many meticulous copy-editors and readers, and in the many hours spent selecting submissions. The Ignatian requires a whole new level of professionalism, communication, teamwork, and vision. It is an 8 month effort that requires thoroughness every step of the way, but this engagement also helps me to hone in my own writing and editorial skills, and has helped me identify what kinds of writing speak most to me.

[edited for clarity and brevity]