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Get Ready for Fall in “No Stile”: Falvey Memorial Library Unveils Refreshed Entrance and Access System

The library has removed the turnstiles from the entrance way, enhancing the library’s welcoming atmosphere for Villanovans and guests.

Regular semester hours remain unchanged, and Villanovans will continue to have access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

However, it is important to note that beginning in the fall semester, a Wildcard will be required to enter the building after 8 p.m. Sunday–Thursday and after 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Patrons will swipe on the external door to gain access.

Library visitors will be able to enter the library until 8 p.m. Sunday–Thursday and until 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Courtesy card holders will continue be able to enter anytime during library service hours up until 30 minutes before closing.

Join us for a “Kiss the Turnstiles Goodbye!” event Aug. 28, 12-2 p.m., on the first floor, in front of Holy Grounds.

Also look for new automated doors for the main entrance lobby that are scheduled to arrive in the beginning of September!

Student comes through the old turnstiles

The turnstiles, April 2019.

worker removing the turnstiles

The turnstiles being removed.

the neww entrance

The new entrance, now without turnstiles.











Shawn Proctor, MFA, is Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.


Fall Break Service Hours

Fall break service hours:

Monday, October 14 – Friday, October 18: 9am-5pm (entrance doors and book stacks lock at 4:30pm, after-hours card access available)

Saturday, October 19: CLOSED (after-hours card access available)

Sunday, October 20: 12-8pm (entrance doors and book stacks lock at 7:30pm, after-hours card access available)

Regular semester hours resume on Monday, October 21. 24/7 areas will remain accessible to students, faculty and staff with a valid Wildcard when the service desk is closed.


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.


Service Alert: Front Entrance of Falvey Memorial Library Will Be Closed on Monday, Oct. 14

Facilities will be installing a new automatic door at the front entrance of Falvey Memorial Library on Monday, October 14, at 7:00 a.m. During installation, the front entrance to the library will be closed. Please enter and exit the building through the Holy Grounds exterior door during service hours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Those accessing the library after hours please enter and exit the building using the Old Falvey entrance. Signage will be placed outside Falvey to direct patrons. Please contact Access Services with any questions (610.519.4270).

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.


Foto Friday: V’s Up For Fall Break

Foto Friday: V’s Up For Fall Break

Finals are finished, Wildcats! Enjoy fall break!

Photo from Hoops Mania courtesy of Annabelle Humiston ’20 CLAS.

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.


#TBT: Pals for Life

  • Posted by: Nathaniel Haeberle-gosweiler
  • Posted Date: October 10, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

Throwback Thurdays

It is midterms week, and for many of us that means a bit of stress. Let’s throwback to December of 2017 when Pals for Life came to Falvey Memorial Library. This photo, taken by Will Repetto, will hopefully lighten up your day while you get through your midterms. Good Luck!


Trial Access to Sage Videos Business & Management

Falvey is currently offering a trial to Sage Videos Business & Management until October 30, 2019.  This video collection compliments Sage Business Cases as a teaching tool with videos covering a wide range of business topics across the spectrum of formats including:

  • Brief interviews
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Full length documentaries

Full videos or clips can be easily embedded into learning management systems.

Please contact Linda Hauck ( if you think this video collection would be a valuable resource.


Faculty Panel: The 2020 Census

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m., in Falvey’s Speakers’ Corner, join a faculty panel for conversation and questions about the upcoming decennial census on April 1, 2020. Discussion will aim to provide context and insight into the history of the Census, its use in research and policy-making, and issues particular to the 2020 Census. Faculty panelists include Camille Burge, PhD, Political Science; Judith Giesberg, PhD, History; Rory Kramer, PhD, Sociology and Criminology; and Stephen Strader, PhD, Geography and the Environment. This ACS approved event, sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library with support from librarians Deborah Bishov and Merrill Stein, is free and open to the public.

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts the populations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Mandated by the Constitution, the results determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and provide helpful data for public service/administration members and local communities.

Traditionally, Census respondents completed a short questionnaire by phone or mail. This year, individuals will be able to complete the questionnaire online or through their mobile device. For additional information and ways in which you can get involved, visit the United States Census Bureau website.

Dig deeper: Check out the links below to learn more about the Census. Resources courtesy of Librarian Merrill Stein.






















Curious Cat: Going Home For Fall Break

It is almost Fall Break! If you live within a 3 mile vicinity of Villanova, listen for the collective sigh of relief when thousands of students hand in their midterms, getting ready for fall break. In honor of the much-needed respite, we asked students what they would be doing during their fall break.


This week’s Curious Cat is brought to you by Allie Reczek, Lindsay Sassion, and Liam Brassington, three of our wonderful undergraduate student workers in the Falvey Memorial Library Communication & Marketing Department. Keep an eye out for them every Thursday, asking students their opinions on a range of subjects and topics. 

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Stress less at Falvey!

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: October 9, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

I’m Daniella Snyder, a second-year graduate student at Villanova University, and your ‘Cat in Falvey Library’s Stacks. I’ll be posting about academics– from books, to research, to study habits and everything in between– and how the Falvey Library can play a large role in your success here on campus!

This week, the energy in the Library has changed. Students are here earlier, stay later, and look tired. It’s inevitable that the week leading up to fall break (and the week following) comes with immense amounts of stress about midterms, papers, and projects.

Falvey believes that your mental health becomes increasingly more important during these few weeks. Follow our advice for coping with stress to make your midterms a little more manageable.

  1. Plan, plan, plan. Research has made it clear that stress can be managed through planning. Make daily and weekly to-do lists, set reminders on your phone, or use a handy paper planner. Personally, I make every large assignment due date as the first “event” in my Outlook calendar, so when I wake up in the morning and look at my schedule, I know exactly what’s due that day.
  2. Meditate. It’s obvious that meditation has incredible health benefits including clarity of mind, reduced anxiety, and minimal stress. Can’t sit still that long by yourself? Use the app Headspace (free to download!) to guide you through 5, 10, and 15-minute meditation sessions.
  3. OHIO. No, not the state. It stands for “Only handle it once.” Don’t think it’s a big deal if you let that email sit for a few days? Wrong. Having a million tasks– even if they’re small– is like having a million mental tabs open. If you remember that you haven’t spoken to your family in 2 weeks, don’t put it on the ever-expanding to-do list. Only handle it once…meaning, just do it immediately. Keeping a short list of things to do will reduce your stress in the long run.
  4. Positive affirmations. Instead of just checking things off a to-do list, people can often find it beneficial to write an “I’ve Done” list. Write a list of things you accomplished that day, along with things you did really well. Even if it’s a small task (like taking out the garbage) reminding yourself of your accomplishments can have seriously positive effects!
  5. Spend time with friends. Isolating yourself is guaranteed to amplify all negative and stressful emotions you have during exams week. Eat with people, study with people, get coffee with people. Do not (I repeat: do NOT) lock yourself up in your room or apartment alone. You need your people, especially when things get tough.
  6. Sleep, eat, and shower. While this seems obvious, students often fail to prioritize basic human necessities during stressful academic weeks. Please…take care of yourself. Sleep 7-8 hours a night, drink your water, eat food, and shower. Your body and mind will thank you when this is all over.
  7. Seek counseling. If you feel like college always makes your midterm-level stressed, you might want to consider talking to a professional about more effective and long-term ways to manage stress or anxiety. Visit the Counseling Center’s website here.

Happy studying Wildcats, and good luck!


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Happy Hacktoberfest!

  • Posted by: Daniella Snyder
  • Posted Date: October 7, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

By Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer

Open-source software is an amazing movement in today’s programming environment. By sharing the code behind programs, open-source projects empower online communities to create quality programs that are available for free. These collaborations celebrate transparency and inclusion, improving the landscape of development in many ways. Many of the programs you likely use are developed by open-source communities. The Firefox and Chrome browsers, the Android operating system, and many websites are entirely or use open-source software.

If that sounds appealing to you, there is no better time to dip your feet into open-source development than now. Welcome to Hacktoberfest! Hacktoberfest is a time where the largest repository of open-source software, GitHub, encourages people to try out development and encourages its members and projects to make the barriers of entry as low as possible. Beginner projects are created for practice. Established projects tag issues that are good for new coders with a special Hacktoberfest label. Contribute enough code in the month of October and you will be sent a free shirt!


The shirts are awesome!


So how do you get started? The first thing you have to do is learn a special tool called “version control”. If you’ve ever been working on a paper that requires revisions, you have experience with version control techniques.



What version control tools do is allow you to do is to bookmark changes and stages of progress without making a hundred different files. They also make it easy to go back to previous versions and see the differences between bookmarks. One of the most popular options is called git (hence GitHub).

The most important thing that git allows you to do is to reconcile different changes to the same files. You can “merge” changes from one version into another. This allows multiple people to work on the same files without conflicting with each others’ work. This means that teams and communities can delegate tasks and work on them individually. GitHub gives them a place to host code publically and git allows people to take projects in their own directions (called “forks”).


When someone wants to add their improvements back to the project, they create what’s called a “pull request”. A pull request shows all of the changes that have been made to a project clearly and asks the original owner if they want to include these changes in the project. It’s the center for conversation and progress on GitHub.

Now that I’ve covered the basics, it’s time for you to dive in and make your own pull requests! Creating only four scores you an awesome shirt. Go to the Hacktoberfest website to get started or check out this resource or this interactive tutorial for git to start applying that to your everyday routine.

Chris Hallberg is a web designer and technology developer at Falvey Library, an open-source enthusiast and part-time teacher.

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Last Modified: October 7, 2019