September 2013


If you need to scan a document, class notes, etc., the library now has a public scanner available in the printing alcove on the 3rd floor, south side, of St. Augustine Hall. You can email scanned documents or save them to a flash drive. The service is free.



Quiet study

It seems as if the semester started last week, but midterms are just around the corner. If you’re looking for a place to do some late night reading, the 1st floor quiet study section & café seating area in St. Augustine Hall will be open to St. John’s students 24/7 from Monday, September 30 through Friday night, October 18. We will resume regular hours and close at 6 PM on Saturday, October 19.


Original Leaves from Famous Books

Armenian 1121 A_1

Armenian Manuscript Bible, 1121 A.D. One Leaf. Original Leaves from Famous Bibles, 1121 A.D. – 1935 A.D. Collection assembled by Otto F. Ege. St. John’s University Archives and Special Collections.

1122 A.D. – 1935 A.D.


Original Leaves from Famous Bibles

1115 A.D. – 1935 A.D.

Selections from collections assembled by Otto F. Ege

On view September 18 – October 11, 2013
St. John’s University Libraries
St. Augustine Hall, 3rd Floor
For more information or to conduct research with these collections,
please contact the University Archives and Special Collections
at or 718-990-1465.

Tuesday September 3, 2013

D’Angelo Center, Room 407


Wonder what it was like to be a freshman in the late 19th century, during the Roaring 20’s, at the brink of World War II, or in the midst of the transformative 60’s? Join the St. John’s University Archivist, Dr. Blythe Roveland-Brenton, for a brief presentation with historical photographs and memorabilia.

Vincentian Yearbook, 1960

Vincentian Yearbook, 1960



Ben Turner

Summer is a great time for catching up, relaxing, exploring, starting new projects, or perhaps completing work in progress. Reading, of course, is key to all of these. With this in mind, we asked the librarians at St. John’s about books they will be reading over the next few months. The library has put up a display featuring the responses we received — it’s on the 3rd floor of St. Augustine Hall. We’ll be posting the individual entries here throughout the summer.

 Ben Turner, an associate professor in the library’s Instructional Services section, writes:

 One book that I am looking forward to reading this summer is More Powerful than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York’s Year of Anarchy, by Thai Jones.  The author explores a time when New York was a hotbed of radical politics, when tens of thousands of its residents were members of labor unions, and anarchists regularly held well-attended rallies at Union Square and other public venue. The year referred to in the title is 1914, a year of notable conflict between capital and labor, when anarchists plotted (unsuccessfully) to bomb the apartment of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. for his complicity in the massacre of striking coal miners and their family members in Ludlow, Colorado.

 I was initially drawn to this book because I teach about the Red Scare in my section of Discover New York. It is a highly entertaining read, and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in NYC history.