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More than just books!

Did you think the library only lends out books?!  The Lewis University library has many different items to lend out including:

digital cameras, headphones, tripods, laptops, webcams, audio recorders, and SO MUCH MORE.

All you need to do is fill out our Equipment Contract and you are ready to check out so much more than our library books!

Introducing Safari

safari flyer

We are pleased to bring our patrons a brand new database: Safari.  You now have access to over 40,000 e-books, tutorials, videos, and more!  Keep them for as long as you like, and make notes and even highlight sections.  This database allows multiple users to access the same item, so you don’t need to worry about your classmate or coworker trying to access the same item as you!

Try it out today!

Welcome back, Faculty!

faculty reception

We would like to invite all of our faculty at Lewis University to take part in our Welcome Back Reception.  You are encouraged to come and meet all of our staff, and enjoy some light refreshments.  We will have games and prizes, too.

Come for the treats, stay for a round of Apples-to-Apples, and get to know your hard-working library staff and everything that we can do for you!

Financial Times

Last semester the College of Business partnered with us to give Lewis University students, staff, and faculty access to the Wall Street Journal.  And Students, faculty and staff can still activate their University-sponsored memberships by:

  • Visiting com/lewisu and
  • Logging in via the MyLewis portal

And now we are pleased to let you all know that we now have access to the Financial Times, as well.  Students, faculty and staff can access their University-sponsored subscription by:

Once you create an account, you may access directly on your computer and mobile devices.

If you have questions about the Financial Times or need help logging in or navigating it, just contact the Library staff. You can reach us by phone, email, chat, or text–or just stop by!

New Look for I-Share, Library Catalog

New library catalog interface

Requesting books from other local libraries via I-Share just got even easier. Lewis students, faculty and staff no longer need to create an I-Share account or remember a separate username and password. Instead, all I-Share users will now log in with the same information: their library barcode and last name.

Your library barcode is just 24311 + your Lewis ID number. (So if your student ID is L10012345, your barcode number is 24311L10012345.)

New I-Share login screen

Once you log into your account, you’ll find the same information in a cleaner, more user-friendly format. You can still check the status of your requests, search for items in the Lewis and I-Share catalogs, and request items for delivery to the Lewis Library.

New look for Your Account

In addition, catalog search results include additional options, as well as suggestions for similar items.

New layout for catalog search results

New layout and features for item records

If you have questions about the new interface or need help logging in or navigating it, just contact the Library staff. You can reach us by phone, email, chat, or text–or just stop by!

Tip: Save Summon Searches to Your Google Account

Save Summon searches to Google account

Take your research on the go by saving your Summon searches in your Google account! Save frequent searches for easy access, or capture a search in progress and start right where you left off.

To save a search to the cloud, you’ll need to log into your Google account. Then do the following:

After entering your search query/keywords, click the Save Search (star) icon.

Click on star icon


Sign into your Google Drive (if you haven’t already done so). You can rename your search. Then click Save.

Sign in to Google Drive.


To view your saved search, go to Summon and look for the star icon.

Click on the star icon.


Then select your saved search.

Select your saved search.


If you’re on a public computer, be sure to log out of Google when you’re done!

Don't forget to sign out!


Need help? Ask a librarian!

Need Research Help? Book a Librarian!


7 Simple Steps to Make a Research Appointment

Infographic created by Kelley Plass

It’s crunch time, Flyers! Are you working on a final paper, capstone project, or other research assignment? Would a one-on-one meeting with a research librarian help you get moving on your research?

Book a librarian for a research consultation!

A research consultation is a one-on-one appointment with a research librarian. Ideal for in-depth research projects, these 30- to 60-minute sessions allow you to discuss your research topic with the librarian and determine the resources and search strategies that will achieve the best results. And because the consultations take place away from the main service desks at our new Research Consultation Station, you’ll have the librarian’s undivided attention.

To schedule a research consultation, visit or go to the Library homepage and click on Make an Appointment. You can select the liaison librarian in your subject area or choose “no preference” for the largest selection of appointment times.

In addition, while most research consultations take place in the Library, you can also meet with a librarian at St. Charles Borromeo, De La Salle Hall’s Courtyard Cafe, or at Lewis’ Oak Brook campus.

For more information about the Research Consultation service, contact Andrew Lenaghan, Head of Library Instruction and Research Services.

Where Are All the Books Going? “Weeding” Explained.

What does "weeding" mean?

Comic strip created by Kelley Plass

You may have noticed some changes in the circulating collection on the second floor of the Library. Empty spaces on the shelves, white “weed me” slips in the books, even discarded books in the recycling bins. What’s going on?

The Library is in the middle of an ongoing collection assessment project. In library speak, deselection (also called weeding) is a process in which we review the resources in a given subject area based on criteria such as physical condition, relevance to the curriculum, duplication in an electronic format, and circulation statistics (a.k.a. checkouts). It’s part of our collection development policy, which you can read here.

This process is a joint effort with the faculty in the various academic departments, who review the librarians’ recommendations and provide feedback based on their subject expertise. For example, the Philosophy librarian’s recommendations will be provided to the Philosophy department faculty for review and comment before any final decisions are made. Last semester, librarians and faculty reviewed the Business collection, and the materials that were weeded from that section are currently being removed and discarded.

Whenever possible, books that are deselected are sent to Better World Books, a company that collects and sells used books online and returns a portion of the net proceeds to support literacy and libraries. However, they don’t accept everything, and the books that are not accepted are discarded.

While no one likes to see books being discarded (including librarians!), anything you see in the recycling bins was placed there after a multi-step process that involved subject librarians, faculty, and others. It’s not a decision we make lightly, and we do it as part of our ongoing commitment to making sure the Library’s collections are as timely, relevant, accessible, and in good physical condition as possible.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to ask a library staff member or contact us via phone, email, chat, or text.

Study like a VIP this Super Study

study like a VIP

***And the VIP is … Margaret Capalbo! ***

This semester during Super Study*, get the VIP treatment from the Lewis University Library: win your own study room on the day of your choice (plus a gift basket of swag, snacks, and study supplies).

Beginning Monday (4/9), follow us @lewisulibrary on Instagram and Twitter and watch for our official contest announcement. There are two ways to enter:

  • Retweet the official contest announcement (Twitter)
  • Like the official contest announcement photo (Instagram)

Do both to increase your chances of winning!

We will randomly select one winner from all entries received by midnight on Thursday (4/12). The winner will be contacted via their Lewis University email, Twitter direct message, or Instagram mention on the morning of Friday, 4/13 and must respond by 5:00 p.m. that day. If they do not respond, a new winner will be selected.

The winning student will have until midnight on Monday, 4/16 to select their preferred study room reservation date and time (any 12-hour period during library hours between Sunday, 4/29 and Friday, 5/4).

Enter to win on Twitter and Instagram starting Monday, 4/9: You might become the Lewis University Library VIP!

*Super Study takes place during the last 2 weeks of each semester (for Spring 2018, that’s Sunday, 4/29 through Friday, 5/4) and includes extended service hours and expanded academic support for Lewis students. For more information, visit the CASE webpage.

Meet the Library Staff: Gina Sopko

Gina SopkoGina Sopko is the Secretary to the Library Director. She manages the day-to-day operational activities of the Library, ensuring that the Library is an inviting place for our community members. You can reach her by email at gsopko(at)lewisu(dot)edu, or just stop by the Library and say hi!

Welcome to Lewis University Library, Gina! What aspects of your position as Secretary to the Library Director are you most excited about?
What I am most excited about being the new Secretary to the Library Director is that I get to meet so many new people. I am also excited to be part of the Library and seeing it grow and succeed.

What attracted you to Lewis University? What do you like most about it so far?
What attracted me to Lewis University was friends, family, and colleagues have said many great things about working here, like that the staff and faculty are so friendly. What I like most so far in my position is that I really feel like I am able to help with the day-to-day functions of the Library.

You are active in the local community, including the Romeoville Citizens Police Academy. Can you tell us a little about those activities?
I absolutely love this community. I have worked in this community for more than 10 years and through this time I was invited to take a free class that gives the community a basic understanding of police practices in a wide range of areas and it is hoped that this program will allow participants to get to know the members of the Police Department better. I have been given the great opportunity sit on the Board of Directors as treasurer beginning this year.

What are you passionate about?
What I feel I am passionate about is flowers. In my spare time I surround myself in flowers, and enjoy making flower arrangements. I love making a particular day in someone’s life that much brighter because of the flowers I put together for them.

If you had a year off with pay (hypothetically, of course!), what would you do?
I think if I had a year off with pay I would travel to Italy and explore where my ancestors came from.

What are you reading (or what was the last book you read)?
A book I am reading at the present time is Some like it Witchy by Heather Blake, which is book 5 out of 7 in her Wishcraft Mystery series. Heather has a great way of blending crime, magic and romance, which is a perfect blend for my taste in books.

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