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Due to the weather, the Library service desk will be unavailable today, Jan. 29. The building is open 24/7 for Villanova students, faculty, and staff. A Wildcard is required for entry, and a mask must be worn while visiting. Electronic resources (article, e-books, and more!) will be available during this period.


The Curious Cat: #FalveyIncludes: Baldwin and Bechdel

Celebrating Pride Month, the Curious Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff,

“What is your favorite LGBTQ+ novel and/or who is your favorite author?”

Jesse Flavin, Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Coordinator: “James Baldwin.”

Caroline Sipio, Access and Collections Coordinator: “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel.”

Laura Hutelmyer, Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Coordinator: “Maurice Sendak.”

David Burke, Metadata Librarian: “Oscar Wilde.”

Chris Hallberg, Library Technology Developer: “Molly Ostertag, the artist and co-author (alongside Brennan Lee Mulligan) of the webcomic Strong Female Protagonist.”

Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience Librarian: “It is a toss-up between Annie Proulx and David Sedaris.”

Kallie Stahl, MA ’17 CLAS, is communication and marketing specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Share your favorite authors on Falvey Library’s Diversity and Inclusion Subject Guide! (This blog is was originally published June 20, 2018, in a slightly altered form.)


#FalveyIncludes: Visit the Diversity & Inclusion Subject Guide During Pride Month

New York City – August 18, 2007: Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street, site of the June 1969 Stonewall Riots that commenced the Gay Liberation movement

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT+ Pride Month) is celebrated each June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots which occurred in 1969 in New York City. This five-day uprising by LGBT+ community members against police brutality is acknowledged as a turning point in the fight against anti-gay discrimination; it is also widely considered to be the birth of the gay rights movement in the United States. June 28, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The anniversary is marked each year by pride parades, picnics, workshops and historical tributes, as well as respect for those lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS.

At Falvey Memorial Library, our mission is to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment and to make the library a place where all feel welcome. Encouraging the exploration of different viewpoints, we’d like to take this time to remind the Villanova community to search the various LGBTQ+ resources gathered below and in our collections. 

Remembering the liberation moment, librarians shared their recommended reading and resources:

Sarah Wingo, Librarian for English Literature, Theatre, and Romance Languages and Literature

Darren Poley, Theology, Classics and Humanities Librarian

Susan Turkel, Sociology & Criminology, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, and Gender & Women’s Studies Librarian

  • Falvey books and DVDs on the topic of the Stonewall Uprising
  • Gender Studies Database (Articles from scholarly and popular sources on Stonewall and the gay rights movement)
  • GenderWatch (Articles from non-mainstream magazines and newspapers, dating back to the 1970s, as well as scholarly articles and books)


Be sure to check out Falvey’s Diversity and Inclusion Subject Guide for more LGBTQ+ resources.

Click here for information about the various LGBTQ+ groups at Villanova University as well as to read and contribute to the resources gathered on the Diversity and Inclusion Subject Guide.

(This blog is was originally published June 20, 2018, in a slightly altered form.)
Boeckman, J., Cracuin, C. & Goldberg, A., (June 15, 2018). LGBT pride month a time to celebrate, bring awareness. The News Press. Retrieved from
Thomas, G.; (June, 2013) History of pride month. FEW’s News; Alexandria,  Vol. 45, Iss. 5, (Jun 2013). Retrieved from
Photo by Lee Snider/

Joanne Quinn ’15 MA, ’84 CLAS is Director of Communication and Marketing at Falvey Memorial Library.


Reunion Weekend FAQs: Falvey Alumni Questions


(This blog is was originally published June 9, 2017, in a slightly altered form.)


Other than “Where are the restrooms?” (through the lounge doors, to your left) and “When is Holy Grounds open?” (check the website), here are the questions most often asked by visiting alumni!


Am I able to look at past issues of The Villanovan?

Yes! The collected issues of the Villanovan and the Villanova Monthly are available here. Issues are fully searchable from the Library Catalog. The issues are viewable in your browser, with reduced quality of scanned microfilm.  For improved viewing, we recommend downloading the pdf and viewing in Adobe Acrobat.

Search the full text in the Digital Library search box or in the library Search tab.  Selected content from 1995-current in the Lexis-Nexis database is available to the Villanova community members.


Can I look at old Belle Air yearbooks?

Yes! The paper format of the yearbooks are available for browsing only during library hours.

Here is the current information on the title and holdings:

Title: Belle-air. Publisher: Villanova, Pa. : Villanova College, 1922- . Call Number: LD4834 .S75

Available Volume  Holdings: 1922, 1924-1941, 1943-2004, 2006 to present. Ask at Circulation for the specific volume.

Digital holdings ranging from 1922 through 1969 can be viewed online.

GRADPICTOAm I still entitled to use the Library as an alum?

Yes! VU alumni are eligible for a free courtesy membership that allows borrowing privileges and on-site access to most of our online databases. To apply, simply come to the Falvey circulation desk with a photo ID. Check out the  ‘Alumni — Courtesy Membership’ and ‘Courtesy Member Borrowing’ pages for more information.

Villanova Alumni and residents of Radnor or Lower Merion townships may apply annually for borrowing privileges and on site access to subscription databases. There is no fee for these privileges.

Villanova University Catalogs

Are you on social media?

Heck yeah! We are on social media! Follow both the main library and the digital library on a wide selection of platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Shawn ProctorShawn Proctor, MFA, is communications and marketing program manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

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The Curious ‘Cat: Pies on Pi Day

Celebrating National Pi Day, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova students,

What is your favorite pie?

Carly Corcoran: “Apple pie.”

(Kate Walters, Ben Mazza)

Kate Walters: “Pumpkin pie.”

Ben Mazza: “Pumpkin pie.”

(Shannon Foley, Rebeccah Zalar, Juliana DeGisa)

Shannon Foley: “Apple pie.”

Rebeccah Zalar: “Apple pie.”

Juliana DeGisa: “Apple pie.”

(Jessica Ventura, Audrey Gibson, Paolo Arambure Sanchez)

Jessica Ventura: “Banana cream pie.”

Audrey Gibson: “Key lime pie.”

Paolo Arambure Sanchez: “The actual pi.”


Foto Friday: Happy Birthday Sister Cora

“As a black Catholic and as a woman religious, I have often experienced being either ‘the first’ or ‘the only’ in any given situation.” -Sister Cora Marie Billings, RSM (’67 CLAS)

Sister Cora Marie Billings, RSM (’67 CLAS) celebrated her 80th birthday last month. As part of Villanova University’s Black History Month celebration, Sister Cora met with the Villanova community on Monday, Feb. 4. In her talk, she shared her experience as the first black woman accepted into the Religious Sisters of Mercy in Philadelphia as well as the historically white sisterhood in the archdioceses. She went on to become the first black sister to teach in a Philadelphia diocesan school and the first African American nun in the nation to serve as a pastoral coordinator.

Throughout the month of February, Villanova students, faculty, and staff have signed multiple birthday cards for Sister Cora. Thank you to everyone that participated – The library has sent your warm wishes to Sister Cora!


The Curious ‘Cat: Wildcats ‘Round The World

This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Villanova University students,“What are your plans for spring break?”

(Rachel Wolff, Genesis Franco)

Rachel Wolff: “I’m going home to New Jersey.”

Genesis Franco: “I’m going on a service trip to Costa Rica.”

(Nicholas Ferrante, Sarah Arrighi)

Nicholas Ferrante: “I’m going to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.”

Sarah Arrighi: “I’m going home to New Jersey to ski.”

(Krista Walsh, Natalie Schmidt)

Krista Walsh: “I’m going to Punta Cana.”

Natalie Schmidt: “I’m going to South Jersey…just relaxing.”

(Spencer Jaeger, Matt Planchon)

Spencer Jaeger: “I’m going to the Bahamas!”

Matt Planchon: “I’m going to Rome to visit a friend.”


Foto Friday: A Literary Perspective

Students in Jeff Dion’s Basic Drawing Perspectives course utilized a viewpoint on Falvey’s third floor to showcase their artistry. Photo courtesy of Liana Perez ’21 FCN.


Foto Friday: The Singing Librarian

Taras Ortynsky, description services librarian, and the Villanova Singers

Taras Ortynsky, description services librarian, was serenaded by the Villanova Singers on Thursday, Feb. 14. The singing valentine, part of the Villanova Singers annual fundraiser, was arranged by Falvey Memorial Library staff to celebrate Ortynsky’s upcoming retirement. Ortynsky, a singer, dancer, and all around entertainer, enjoyed the singers’ rendition of Plain White T’s “1234” and the Valentine’s Day treats.



The Curious ‘Cat: Literary Sweethearts

Happy Valentine’s Day, Wildcats! This week, the Curious ‘Cat asked Falvey Memorial Library staff,

Who is your literary crush?

Caroline Sippo, Access and Collections Coordinator:

“Nick Carraway in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.”

Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience Librarian:

“Galadriel in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.”

Luisa Cywinski, Director of Access Services:

“Edward Rochester in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.”

Darren Poley, Theology, Classics and Humanities Librarian:

“Hero, from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.”

Laura Bang, Distinctive Collections Librarian/Archivist:

“Captain Frederick Wentworth in Jane Austen’s Persuasion.”



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Last Modified: February 14, 2019

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