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Falvey Welcomes New and Returning Wildcats

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Now that summer is almost over (Labor Day, which marks the unofficial end of summer is Sept. 3) and classes are beginning, Falvey welcomes all Wildcats, new and returning! We’re excited to announce that the Holy Grounds lounge, Dugan Polk Family Reading Room and the ground, first and second floors are available for 24/7 study with a valid wildcard.

Falvey Memorial Library is here to serve the Villanova University community: students, faculty and staff. We offer public work stations – 80 of them; the Holy Grounds lounge; a wide variety of study spaces on four floors; the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room; books and periodicals (of course!), and databases; the Learning Commons and much more. Our knowledgeable research support librarians and Access Services staff are eager to help you.

Throughout the semester, Falvey sponsors or co-sponsors events such as, the Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture, One Book VillanovaScholarship@Villanova, community author events, Diversity and Inclusion event series, Cultural Studies Food Matters Week and a variety of exhibits.

To discover more about Falvey, explore our homepage: “Building Information,” “Services,” “Social Media,” and “Ask a Librarian,” may be quite helpful. Feel free to ask any of our librarians or staff for help. And do read our blogs for current information.


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Declaration of Independence

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: July 4, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News


The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Georgia:    Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:   William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina:  Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Column 3
Massachusetts:  John Hancock
Maryland:  Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:  George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

Column 4
Pennsylvania:  Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware:  Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:  William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey:  Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:  Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple

Massachusetts:  Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:  Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut:  Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:  Matthew Thornton





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Surviving Summer School

photograph of Falvey facade

Summer school can be very stressful – a whole semester crammed into a month. So how can you cope?

Falvey is here for you. While not open as long as the hours in a regular semester, the Library is open Monday through Thursday 8 am – 8 pm, Friday 8 am – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday noon – 5 pm. To check library hours click here. The Math Learning Resource Center (MLRC) and Writing Center are both open during summer school. MLRC’s summer hours (through July 26) are 1 – 5 pm, Monday – Thursday; the Writing Center’s summer hours (through July 26) are 11:30 – 4:30, Monday – Thursday. Research support librarians are available for consultation when the Library is open; they may be contacted by telephone (610-519-4270), text (610-816-2222) or by appointment. They are also available for walk-in assistance. Falvey’s “Help” page maintains a list of “Frequently Asked Questions,” which may have just the answers you need: how to find a book, how to renew a book online, course reserves and more. “Help” is accessed from the library’s homepage.

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Falvey offers 80 public workstations and a variety of study spaces. The first floor houses the 24/7 “Holy Grounds”  and a variety of seating choices in the main room. The Learning Commons on the second floor also provides numerous study spaces. Even quieter are the third and fourth floors which have tables and chairs, carrels, the Kolmer Group Study Rooms and cozy lounges near the back stairwells. The Dugan Polk Family Reading Room is a spectacular 24 hour quiet study space in Old Falvey; it houses the recently restored masterpiece, “The Triumph of David,” attributed to Pietro da Cortona. The lobby outside the Reading Room is another comfortably furnished study space. 24/7 access will remain in effect for summer 2018. Villanova students, faculty and staff with valid Wildcards will still be able to access the Dugan Polk Family Reading Room, the first floor lounge and the ground, first, and second floors after-hours.

And a few words of advice from one who has been there (more than once!) – do not procrastinate and do not skip classes. Summer school is hectic, but it is possible to do well. And remember, Falvey librarians and staff are here for you!


Falvey photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Department. Blog originally published by Bampton on July 11, 2017. 

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May 28: Memorial Day, A Brief History

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: May 27, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News

Tomorrow, May 28, is celebrated as Memorial Day. But who or what are we remembering? For many of us this holiday marks the beginning of summer with a three day weekend; we celebrate with picnics, fireworks, trips to the shore or a swimming pool and perhaps by shopping the Memorial Day sales. The three day holiday weekend began with the National Holiday Act of 1971 which ruled that four holidays should be celebrated on Mondays – Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. The Memorial Day holiday, however, has roots that originated just after the Civil War (1861-1865) when it was called Decoration Day. Before that act, Memorial Day was observed on May 30, especially in the North.

In post-Civil War America, numerous families had relationships with dead or injured soldiers, Union and Confederate, and in some locations women would decorate the soldiers’ graves. In Richmond, Va., women formed the Hollywood Memorial Association of the Ladies of Richmond; they helped to establish the Oakwood Memorial Association. The purpose of these two groups was to decorate the graves, both Union and Confederate, in the Hollywood and Oakwood Cemeteries. The same year, 1865, Confederate veterans organized, but the decoration of graves remained women’s work. A year later, in April 1866, a group of women visited a cemetery in Columbus, Miss, to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers; unhappy with the neglected nearby graves of Union soldiers, the women also placed flowers on their graves.

On May 5, 1868, Major General John Alexander Logan (1826-1886) and an organization of Union veterans declared that May 30 should be a day on which graves of the Civil War dead should be decorated with flowers. That year, a large ceremony, presided over by General Ulysses S. Grant and various officials, was held at Arlington National Cemetery. At the conclusion of the speeches, members of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and children from a nearby orphanage for Union veterans’ children placed flowers on the graves of more than 20,000 Civil War soldiers, Union and Confederate, while singing hymns and reciting prayers.

From the 1870s on, some observed the holiday as a commemoration of the Civil War dead and others chose to enjoy themselves. By the 1890s May 30 had become more a popular holiday, less a memorial to the Civil War dead. Congress declared Memorial Day, May 30, a federal holiday in 1889. And so it remained until the National Holiday Act of 1971, passed during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. Johnson said, “The bill that we sign today will help Americans to enjoy more fully the country that is their magnificent heritage. It will also aid the work of Government and bring new efficiency to our economy. … This will mean a great deal to our families and our children. It will enable families who live some distance apart to spend more time together. … They will be able to participate in a wider range of recreational and cultural activities.” [Note that there is no mention by President Johnson about commemorating Civil War or other soldiers.]

How will you spend Memorial Day?


Dig Deeper (Falvey’s holdings): 

Faehtz, E.F.M. The National Memorial Day: A record of Ceremonies Over the Graves of the Union Soldiers, May 29 and 30, 1869. (1870)

Foote, Henry Wilder. Memorial Lessons:  A Sermon Preached at King’s Chapel, Boston, on Sunday, May 29th, 1870, with a List of the Sons of the Church Who Entered the Service of the Country(1870)

Harmond, Richard. P. A History of Memorial Day:  Unity, Discord and the Pursuit of Happiness. (2002)

Shepard, I. F. Memorial Day, May 30, 1870, by Ben. I.F. Shepard … at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Mo. (1870)


Dig Deeper online:

 Memorial Day History.” U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

Berenson, Tessa. “Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day


Arlington National Cemetery photograph courtesy of

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Happy Groundhog Day! (Click to find a fiddly song celebrating Pennsylvania’s cutest weather prognosticator!)

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: February 2, 2018
  • Filed Under: Library News



Today, February 2, is Groundhog Day, the day when we learn whether we shall have six more weeks of winter or an early spring, a prediction based upon whether a groundhog sees his shadow or not. What is a groundhog and how did he become a weather predictor?

Groundhogs, also called woodchucks or whistlepigs, are rodents, members of the marmot family. They are primarily plant-eaters although the one who lived in my yard was quite fond of birdseed, often raiding my bird feeder. They are burrowing animals and efficient diggers (just look at those feet), weighing from 4 to 9 pounds and ranging in length from 16 to 26 inches.

The roots of Groundhog Day go back to an early Christian celebration, Candlemas, the Purification of the Blessed Virgin or the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, held on Feb.2.

Germans began to associate a sunny holiday, a day when a hedgehog could see his shadow, with six more weeks of winter. When German immigrants came to Pennsylvania, they found no hedgehogs, but there were numerous groundhogs and they decided that the groundhog would become the weather predictor.

In 1887 a group of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, hunters formed the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club; one of the members was editor of the local newspaper and he claimed that their groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, was the only accurate predictor. Punxsutawney Phil eventually became famous. But are his predictions accurate? Statistically no, he has been correct only about 39% of the time. So will he see his shadow today, bringing six more weeks of winter, or will it be a cloudy day, predicting an early spring?

Groundhog Day,” a romantic comedy starring Bill Murray, Andie McDowell and Chris Elliot, tells the story of a TV weatherman (Murray) sent to Punxsutawney to cover the annual Groundhog Day events. This is just one DVD in Falvey’s collection available for your entertainment. The Digital Library has available a recording, “Groundhog Day” by Mark Simos, for your listening pleasure.



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Remembering 9/11 on Campus

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: September 11, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Monday, Sept. 11, is the sixteenth anniversary of 9/11/2001, the morning terrorists hijacked four American airplanes. Two airplanes flew into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, one crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the fourth crashed in a field near Shanksville in western Pennsylvania.

Villanova University lost fifteen alumni that day; they are commemorated in a stained glass window in Corr Hall Chapel. The window, installed in November 2006, was designed by the Rev. Richard G. Cannuli, OSA, ’73, an artist, professor and curator and director of the University Art Gallery. Vetrate Artistiche Toscane, a stained glass studio in Siena, Italy, created the window from Father Cannuli’s design.

On the left of the window is a panel depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary in prayer. The right panel shows the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and fields, the sites where the four planes crashed. At the bottom of this panel is list of the fifteen Villanovans who perished that day, fourteen in the World Trade Center and a flight attendant on United Airlines flight 175.

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Right panel with Twin Towers, Pentagon, Pennsylvania field and panel with list of alumni who perished on 9/11.


In addition to the permanent commemoration in Corr Chapel, Falvey Memorial Library has installed, in the past, a small commemoration at the circulation desk.Villanova has not forgotten 9/11.

Falvey's Commemoration

Falvey’s Commemoration

Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.


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Kathleen O’Connor Retires After 40 Years at Falvey

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: September 6, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Kathleen O’Connor, photo courtesy of Alice Bampton.

Kathleen (Kathy) O’Connor, senior librarian for Systems Planning and Support, retired on Sept. 1 after 40 years of service to Falvey. She was honored with a farewell luncheon on August 8 and awarded a mantel clock in recognition of her many years of dedicated service to the Library. During her 40 years at Falvey, O’Connor served under five library directors plus a number of interim and acting directors.

O’Connor thanks Falvey’s librarians, staff and her many student employees for the learning opportunities and experiences she enjoyed in the Library. “I’ve been blessed,” she says.

She began working full-time as a database manager in August 1977 shortly after receiving her master’s degree in library science from Villanova. (Villanova’s library science program closed in the early 1980s.) She became the head of the circulation department in 1979 and in 1987 she became the systems librarian. In 2006 O’Connor was appointed senior librarian for Systems Planning and Support, the position she held at retirement.

In addition to her work as systems librarian, she also served on the Assessment team led by Merrill Stein.

Kathleen O’Connor and Demian Katz, Director of Library Technology, photo courtesy of Alice Bampton.

Library staff celebrate Kathy’s 40 years at Falvey, photo courtesy of Alice Bampton.

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Labor Day Holiday – No Classes!

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: September 4, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer, although the calendar says Sept. 22 is the first day of fall.

For more about Labor Day:


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Foto Friday: College Colors Day

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: September 1, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News
Photograph of blue and white flowers on campus

This clump of flowers is participating in “College Colors Day.” They really are bluer than they appear here.


Photograph by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.


Throwback Thursday: How Falvey Became An Award Winning Library

  • Posted by: Alice Bampton
  • Posted Date: August 31, 2017
  • Filed Under: Library News

University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, ’75 CLAS, holding ACRL Award


The ACRL Award

Falvey Memorial Library received the ACRL Award on May 14, 2013. We celebrated with a symposium and a party and Father Donohue honored the Library personnel with a reception. ACRL, the Association of College and Research Libraries, is a division of the American Library Association. The award is currently on display in a cabinet beside the pillar across from the circulation desk on Falvey’s first floor.

For more information about ACRL  see <>

Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communication and Marketing Dept.



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