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Welcome to Jefferson University and Gutman Library!

Introductory Video

Check out our introductory video for an overview of the library

Library Overview

Circulation Desk  215-951-2840 Reference Desk   215-951-2848

Whether it be a book or articles needed for a research paper, the answer to a quick reference question, obtaining materials from other libraries, getting a color copy or any of the other many services we provide, the staff members of Gutman Library are here to help you. Click here to see a complete listing of our staff, and staff contact information.

Library Hours

Hours may vary during the semester due to holidays, breaks, and the periods of time between regular semesters,  so please call the Circulation Desk or check on our webpage for the most up to date information.

Circulation and Reserve Desks

Meg Leister & Roberta Pierce

Meg is the Head of Circulation, and Roberta  is the Coordinator of the Reserve Room. You will probably see both of them during regular business hours, behind the Circulation / Reserve desk. Questions about book borrowing, in-house laptop loans, Reserve materials, study rooms and overdue fines can be handled by Meg.


Gutman Librarians take part in instruction activities, introducing you to the resources and services you are now expected to be able to use for your research. You'll be seeing a lot of the librarians during your first year, and in subsequent years too.

Stan Gorski - Library Director

Liaison to Graduate Programs; special expertise in fashion, psychology and health sciences

Stan can help you with questions about Fashion, Fashion Design, Textile History and Manufacturing, Psychology and Sociology, in addition to help with items from Special Collections, Digital Collections, and the School Archives. Stan is in charge of collecting and organizing information about the history of the school, and the history of the textile industry in Philadelphia.

Borrowing books and other materials:   Your photo ID campus card is your library card. Our Web site has more information on circulation and reserve material procedures and policies.   Gutman Library can also borrow needed materials (books and articles) from other libraries through interlibrary loan.

Information Literacy:   An important learning outcome for every Jefferson University student is to become an information literate person who is an informed and engaged citizen, an asset to the workplace, and a lifelong learner. Through your coursework, you will receive several opportunities to practice forming research questions, determining the best sources to use for research, evaluating the information you find and ethically applying it to information-based problems.

Computing:  Gutman Library houses over 80 desktop computers, both PCs and Macs. In addition we also lend laptop computers for in-house use at our Circulation Desk. Our entire building is wireless, so if you bring a wireless laptop with you, you can use it on any level of the library.

Printing:   There are black and white printers on all floors of the library and one color printer on the lower level, near the Media Services Desk.  Each student can print 500 free, black&white sheets per semester.  To print in color or more than 500 sheets in a semester, you must have money on your university debit card.

Scanning: Scanners are located throughout the building, attached to several of the computers. Scanners are connected to both PCs and Macintosh computers. The color copier in the copy room on the main floor also allows for free scanning. Scanners allow you to save digital images to your home directory, for use in your projects or for printing to the color printer or to the black and white printers.

Copiers:  On the Main Floor, near the Circulation Desk, there is one black and white copier and a color copier. On the Lower Level, near the Media Services Desk, there is an additional black and white copier. Copiers take cash or you can use your university debit card.

Blackboard Learning System: Please contact the OIR Help Desk with any questions about Bb at HelpDesk@Philau.edu or call x4648.

Reserve materials:  Some of your instructors may place books, copies of articles, CDs, DVDs or slides on Reserve in the library.  These items cannot be taken out of the library, but you can read, listen to, or view them here. Reserve materials are located at the Reserve Desk, which is part of the Circulation Desk.

Other Tips for Using Gutman Library: Our Web site (www.philau.edu/library) has much more information that will help you to use our resources effectively. We hope that you will take some time to explore our Web site. If you have questions or need information, we look forward to hearing from you.

FAQ - see our "frequently asked questions" for the answers to common questions, such as "How do I access the library databases from off-campus?" or "How do I find a book at Gutman Library?"

Contact the Library

Phone the library 215.951.2848

Email a librarian reference@philau.edu

Personalized Meetings

If you would like to schedule a meeting with one of our librarians, you can do so by filling out a research session request form; we will connect you with a librarian who can best assist you.