Libraries
 

About University Libraries

The University Libraries have notable resources, including extensive holdings of almost 750,000 book volumes, and 1,127 current periodical subscriptions, back-files of more than 6,500 serial titles, electronic access to full text articles in more than 25,000 journals, a broad selection of indexing and abstracting services in both digital and print formats, various microform collections, music CDs, and audiovisual aids. The University Libraries are selective depository for U.S. Federal, State of New Jersey and U.N. publications. Depository status provides exclusive access to thousands of publications in electronic or print formats. For added bibliographic access and document delivery, the University Libraries participate in consortia such as PALCI, VALE, and the international OCLC consortium. It provides more than 5,000 interlibrary loans to students and faculty free of charge. A majority of periodical interlibrary loans are delivered through e-mail. The University Libraries have strong and growing collections in the areas of theology, Asian studies, Judaeo-Christian studies, Italian studies (Valente Italian Library), Slavic and Eastern European studies, and other areas of the humanities. The Curriculum Resource Lab contains K-12 resources that support instruction provided by the College of Education and Human Services. New books are available on open stacks and are displayed on specially marked New Books shelves. Popular periodicals and a variety of local, national and international newspapers are displayed in the Browsing Room, which offers soft chair seating and study tables. All information resources are catalogued and accessible through SetonCat, the University Libraries online public access catalog.

Ergonomic seating accommodates more than 1,100 students, faculty and visitors in a variety of study facilities, including tables, carrels, group-study rooms and scholar study rooms. In the past year, more than 22,000 students used group study rooms and more than 400,000 people visited the library. A faculty of 13 qualified full-time professional library faculty, supported by administrative and clerical staff, focus on Seton Hall's community of students, classroom faculty and scholars by seeking out and listening to needs, and continuously transforming the University Libraries to exceed clientele expectations.

Library faculty, staff and administrators practice the virtue of hospitality in welcoming and assisting students to be successful in using information resources for scholarship, and by assisting faculty in knowledge creation and classroom instruction. The library faculty provide reference desk, Internet and telephone service consultation.

In addition they offer bibliographic and information services via telephone at (973) 761-9437, e-mail at library@shu.edu and virtual reference through the library Web site to enrolled students, current faculty and staff in on-campus and distance education programs. Library faculty serve as subject bibliographers and liaisons to various academic disciplines for collection development and curriculum support. The University is committed to developing students information literacy skills. Toward that end, University Libraries is spearheading campus instructional and research information literacy initiatives. The University Libraries provide orientation and instruction in information literacy skills to all freshmen in partnership with the Freshman Studies Program and the Department of English. In a growing number of English courses library faculty are available to assist students through their electronic course management system, called Blackboard. The library faculty instruct nearly 5,000 students including upper level and graduate students. The library faculty also provide services to high school students through Project Acceleration, a program that enables high school students to earn college credits. Library administrators and faculty teach in the University Core Curriculum Program.

Technology available in the University Libraries includes the Web-based delivery of key academic databases of indexes, abstracts, and digital full-text resources for study and research. The University Libraries Learning Resource Center provides users with 60 state-of-the-art computer workstations, and the University Libraries feature wireless connectivity throughout the facility. The libraries electronic reserve (e-Reserve) capability allows students to access faculty-assigned readings and electronic academic databases from anywhere on campus, or remotely off campus, with Internet access day or night.

The University Libraries facility complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and the Rehabilitation Act (1973) by providing building access via an entrance ramp and elevator service, accommodating wheelchair-bound individuals, providing handicapped accessible rest rooms and nearby parking spaces for the handicapped. Students or faculty with visible or invisible disabilities, who self-identify at the Circulation Desk, may receive special assistance. Additionally, individuals may use an array of adaptive equipment that is available to assist handicapped/ challenged persons in the use of resources and facilities in the University Libraries. 


Seminary Library 

The Seminary Library is located in Lewis Hall on the South Orange campus. Its collections support the curriculum of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, a graduate School of Theology at Seton Hall and the major seminary of the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. The collection contains more than 70,000 books, 400 periodical titles, periodical microfilm holdings and some audiovisual material. The collection's focus is on theology and Church history. It is particularly strong in liturgical and biblical studies. Resources are available in German, Hebrew, French, Latin, Spanish and other essential languages for theological and biblical scholarship such as Syriac. The Theology Library's collections are included in SetonCat, the online catalogue. The Theology Library is housed in a modern facility that provides comfortable and convenient study areas. Collection resources are on open shelves. Access to the collection is limited to students and faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology and other University faculty. Seton Hall undergraduate and graduate students may obtain a one-time-use courtesy card at the University Libraries Reference Desk. Other persons must access the collections through inter-library loan services provided by the University Libraries or their home library.
 

Monsignor William Noé Field University Archives and Special Collections Center

The Monsignor William Noé Field University Archives and Special Collections Center is located on the first floor of Walsh Library. Encompassing nearly 4,000 square feet, it contains various historically unique and significant resources that document the history of Seton Hall University the Archdiocese of Newark and Catholic New Jersey. Manuscripts, ledger books, photographs, newspapers, annual reports, scrapbooks, physical artifacts and other types of archival resources form the nucleus of this collection. The papers of various bishops, parish histories and Catholic directories constitute a portion of the collection, highlighting the continuous development of the Archdiocese of Newark from 1853 to the present day. Institutional resources in the form of presidential papers, departmental files, physical plant data and self-study records are integral part of the expansive school history archival file, which dates from 1856. Among the distinctive collection resources are the manuscripts of prominent former New Jersey governors Richard Hughes and Brendan Byrne along with the papers of national political figures, including Marcus Daly, Leonard Dreyfuss, Matthew Rinaldo and Bernard Shanley. The Seton-Jevons papers (1792-1963) showcase activities undertaken by various relatives of the first American-born saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton. Other significant collections include those of prominent Seton Hall personalities and prolific authors such as the late Monsignor John Oesterreicher (1904-1993), founder of the Judaeo-Christian studies department, and the late Monsignor William Noé Field (1915-2000), English professor and archivist. The collection also contains more than 10,000 printed works, including rare and autographed books, the MacManus Irish History and Literature Collection, the Gerald Murphy and Pierce Byrne U.S. Civil War and World Military Uniform Book libraries, and hundreds of master-level and doctoral dissertations of Seton Hall graduate students. |

The Monsignor William Noé Field University Archives and Special Collections Center provides a comfortable The Monsignor William Noé Field University Archives and Special Collections Center provides a comfortable reading room designed for serious research and an adjacent room for instruction and small-group seminars. Microfilm readers are available for scanning records along with computer workstations that facilitate research and access to academic databases and gateways to worldwide information resources. Public service is a priority, and Seton Hall students are encouraged to use these resources as part of their scholarly development. The University's collections and archives also are open, by appointment, to faculty, clergy and the general public who have specific research needs. The Monsignor William Noé Field University Archives and Special Collections Center coordinates research initiatives and accepts donations of materials that fit within its scope.  Visit the Monsignor William Noé Field University Archives and Special Collections Center Web site or call (973) 761-9476. 


Office of Records Management

The Records Management Center is located within the Monsignor William Noé Field University Archives and Special Collections Center. It houses non-current and permanent non-archival institutional records. The Records Management program is designed to create, facilitate and monitor the official standardization of retention schedules for each University department. Information files are systematically transferred, stored and made available for review by the originating University office upon request. The Records Management Center can be reached at (973) 275-2063.

The Walsh Library Gallery
Walsh Library Gallery offers the Seton Hall and external communities an opportunity for cultural appreciation and spiritual growth. Since opening in Fall 1994, Walsh Library Gallery has provided a forum for community members to share society richly diverse cultural heritages through artistic expression. Located on the first floor, the gallery is a state-of-the-art, climate- controlled space encompassing 2,500 square feet. During the academic year, Walsh Library Gallery offers a number of rotating exhibits, providing campus and outside community members with an opportunity to observe and experience beauty in works of art. In addition to interior exhibit space, there are six exterior window exhibits. These window galleries highlight exhibitions being shown in the main gallery, showcase special events on campus, draw attention to issues of current interest, and provide an ongoing visual survey of new library acquisitions and technology. Exhibits and special event programs are free-of-charge.

Artists from around the world have displayed their work in Walsh Library Gallery, including artists from the United States, Brazil, China, the Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and the Ukraine, among others. Media have included paintings, watercolors, sculpture, etchings, photographs, posters, prints and textiles. Styles have been equally diverse. Historical topics have ranged from the cultural heritage of the Lenape Indians to the history of the Harlem Renaissance to photography of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Walsh Library Gallery audiences continue to broaden. University students from undergraduate liberal arts classes such as art, anthropology, ethics, history and literature, and graduate students in programs such as museum professions, often have class assignments and oral presentations that are integrated with exhibit themes. Walsh Library Gallery provides opportunities for students, under the direction of faculty and the Walsh Library Gallery director, to plan, produce and mount exhibitions. Students from around New Jersey in grades 3-12 visit Walsh Library Gallery to hear presentations that focus on exhibits. Pre- and post-visitation packets provide activities and curricular materials for teachers to enhance their students educational experiences.

In addition to exhibits, Walsh Library Gallery regularly hosts scholarly events, such as the Department of English's Poetry in-the- Round series, which features renowned and award-winning authors and poets. These activities draw a large number of visitors to the gallery's exhibits. Receptions in conjunction with exhibits, feature lectures, live music, ethnic food tasting, and ample opportunity for students and visitors to meet and speak with featured artists. Activities of Walsh Library Gallery are regularly featured in local and large-circulation newspapers, including feature articles in The New York Times and the Newark Star-Ledger. Walsh Library Gallery has been featured in New Jersey Monthly magazines Out and About Calendar of not to miss events. Television Channel 12 News, NJN/Channel 13 and Spanish language Channel 48 provide frequent coverage of Walsh Library Gallery exhibits. The campus community regularly learns about exhibits and special programs through The Setonian and e-mail community announcements. Visit the Walsh Library Gallery Web site, which provides access to current and past exhibits, at http://academic.shu.edu/libraries/gallery/ . Gifts of art from donors and artists, along with the occasional purchase of art, are creating a significant permanent art collection for the University. Many of these pieces are available for viewing throughout the University Libraries and in other campus public spaces. The director of Walsh Library Gallery may be contacted at (973) 275-2033.

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