Alumnus Donates Rare 1611 Edition of “The Faerie Queene”

Poet and alumnus Robert Giannetti, who earned his Ph.D. in English Renaissance literature at Duquesne in 1979, recently donated a very rare 1611 folio edition of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene and the Shepheardes Calendar to Gumberg. The book is the first collected edition of Spenser’s works, printed in London soon after Spenser’s death by Matthew Lownes. It is available in the University Archives.

24 Hour Study for Finals @ Gumberg Library

The Gumberg Library will be open continuously beginning Monday, April 27 at 7 a.m. and lasting until Wednesday, May 6 at 9 p.m. As usual, the library will provide snacks at midnight for any late-night studiers.

As a refresher—

  • Quiet study areas are on the first, second, and third floors.
  • Group study areas are the fourth and fifth floors.
  • Always bring your ID—the library cards for your safety. Card swipe entry is in effect between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays, and all weekends.

During finals when everyone is scrambling to make it through the end of semester, library tables are at a premium. Gumberg supports the many students who ask that everyone shows kindness and respect in sharing library study space:

Good luck on finals!

Gumberg Library More Than Doubles the Number of Electrical Outlets on the Fifth Floor

In 1978 when the library opened, students required fewer outlets than today. In recent years, it has become common for students to bring multiple electronic devices to the library. One of the most frequent requests the library hears from the student body is for more outlets. In order to meet student needs, Gumberg Library has made an effort to install new outlets throughout the building. As part of this initiative, Gumberg more than doubled the number of outlets on the fifth floor in January. The library hopes that these new outlets will allow students to be more productive as they work long hours in Gumberg.

Let Us Know: How Can Gumberg Better Meet Your Needs?

The Gumberg Library seeks feedback regarding its collections, services and building spaces. Gumberg invites students, faculty, and staff to share their input by completing the LibQUAL+ Lite Survey between Feb. 2 to March 8:

LibQUAL+ Lite is a rigorously tested, validated survey used by more than 1,000 libraries. Using it enables Duquesne to: Continue reading

The 20th Anniversary of Gumberg Library

Gumberg Library celebrates the 20th anniversary of its naming this month, opening the door to reflection on the library’s past, as well as a look to its future.

Although the facility officially opened in 1978, the name “Gumberg Library” was not adopted until Feb. 3, 1995. At this time, support from alumnus Stanley Gumberg and his wife Marcia enabled the library to keep pace with emerging technologies—namely, personal computers and the internet. Continue reading

Gumberg Digitizes More Than 150 Years of the Pittsburgh Catholic

Archives of Pittsburgh Catholic, America’s oldest Catholic newspaper, are now available online with the completion of a Gumberg Library digitization project begun in 2008. Issues published between 1844 and 2001, previously housed on microfilm reels, are accessible through the project, with later issues available in the Pittsburgh Catholic‘s online archives. Continue reading

Gumberg Library Hosts “Moving Targets” Art Exhibition as Part of Project Passenger Pigeon Pittsburgh

This fall, the Gumberg Library hosted the art exhibition Moving Targets that commemorated the 2014 centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon.

“The exhibition parallels the plight of the passenger pigeon with that of the artists’ maternal lineage, piecing together the fragmented stories and forced migrations of both pigeons and Jews,” said artist Ann Rosenthal. The project is a collaboration between Rosenthal and Steffi Domike with Ruth Fauman Fichman, and also included 14 artists each representing a state within the former nesting range of the pigeon. Continue reading

24 Hour Study for Finals @ Gumberg Library

The Gumberg Library will be open continuously from Monday, Dec. 8 at 7 a.m. to Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 9 p.m. As usual, the library will provide snacks at midnight for any late-night studiers.

As a refresher—

  • Quiet study areas are on the first, second and third floors.
  • Group study areas are the fourth and fifth floors.
  • Always bring your ID—the library cards for your safety. Card swipe entry is in effect from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays, and all weekends.
  • Continue reading

Tell Us How Gumberg’s Doing!

During the month of February 2015, the Gumberg Library will be conducting an online survey to assess how well the library is serving the needs of Duquesne students, faculty, and staff. The Gumberg Library has conducted the LibQUAL+ survey every three years since 2006 to track service quality over time. LibQUAL+ offers the opportunity for students to help the library understand how to better fulfill the University mission. Those who participate in the survey will be entered in a drawing to win a variety of prizes. In previous years, the library has offered such prizes as iPads, Kindles, and gift cards. Continue reading

Treasures from the University Archives

During Homecoming, Gumberg Library will feature archival footage of football and basketball games from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, including basketball’s NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden in 1955. Additionally, Gumberg will share a selection of photographs, yearbooks and other items from the University Archives that document Duquesne University’s rich history. Stop by Gumberg during Homecoming week to view these archival gems.

Alumni Poetry Reading

On Friday, Oct. 3., 4-6 p.m., Gumberg Library will host an Alumni Poetry Reading in collaboration with the English Department. Duquesne alumni Cameron Barnett, Elizabeth Savage, Robert Giannotta and current student Samantha Leon will join former Pennsylvania Poet Laureate and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Samuel Hazo in reading from their works.

Spring into Books! Scholastic Book Sale!

Buy One Get One Free with donation of a book

April 7-11, 2nd Floor Union
Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The upcoming Scholastic Book Sale will be just in time for Easter, spring holidays, First Communion gifts and summer reading! The sale format will be the same as last year: Buy One Get One Free – with the donation of a book! Continue reading

Gumberg Library: Spring 2014 Hours

Spring 2014 Regular Hours

Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Friday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Exceptions to Spring 2014 Regular Hours

Friday Feb. 28 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 10 a.m. – 6 p,m.
Monday, March 3 – Friday, March 7 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 8 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 9 1 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Wednesday, April 16 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 – Sunday, April 20 Closed



24 Hour Study for Finals @ Gumberg Library

Gumberg Library will be open continuously from 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9 through 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18. Free snacks at midnight! Quiet study is on the first, second, and third floors. Group study areas are the fourth and fifth floors. Always bring your ID—we card for your safety. Card swipe entry required from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays, and all weekends.

SGA Study Break at Gumberg Library

You will want to get in line early on Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Gumberg Library for food and beverages. Take a break from studying! Thanks to the Student Government Association for sponsoring this event.

Remember, snacks at midnight during finals at Gumberg and your DU ID is the key – make sure you have yours for swipe-in hours.

Scholastic Book Sale

Browse or shop! The Scholastic Book Sale will be held Dec. 6-13 in the Student Union Atrium. Sale opens daily at 10 a.m. and benefits the Maureen Sullivan Curriculum Center on the fifth floor of the Gumberg Library. In addition to books there are gifts and posters. For more details contact Danielle Henzler at 412.396.1858.

Gumberg Library Hours for Finals and Christmas Break

Fall 2013 Gumberg Library Finals Hours

Monday, Dec. 9 – Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013


Thursday, December 19, 2013 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, December 20, 2013 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, December 21-22, 2013 CLOSED


Christmas Break

Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 – Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 CLOSED (Staff In-Service)
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 – Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 CLOSED
Jan. 6, 2014 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jan. 7, 2014 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 Resume Regular Hours 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Gumberg Library 4th Floor Makeover Continues

New 4th floor lounge has:

  • Computers along the walls that allow for the addition of soft seating, ottomans, and small tables
  • New chairs that are on wheels to make it easy for students to move them when they want to work alone or in groups
  • New carpet in Duquesne red and blue
  • Windows covered in solar film to reduce glare and heat loss
  • New wraparound counter designed to hold four new “xpress” computers designated for quick lookups and quick printing

Gumberg Library Features Ghost Stories and Legends

Is Duquesne haunted? Come find out! Spend a spooky evening with University Archivist Thomas White, author of several books on Pennsylvania folklore, on Wednesday, October 30, 8-9:30 p.m. at the Silverman Center on the 1st floor of Gumberg Library.

Listen to ghost stories and legends of the university and surrounding neighborhoods. Tasty treats too!

Gumberg Library

Fall 2013 Regular Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Anyone entering Gumberg Library must swipe their ID card and show their photo ID during the following hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to closing
  • Saturday: All day
  • Sunday: All day

Gumberg Library Spring 2013 Final Exam Hours

  • Monday, April 22 — Library opens at 7 a.m. to begin 24 hour study
  • Tuesday, April 23 – Monday April 29 — Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday, April 30 — 24 hour study ends when library closes at 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 1 – Friday, May 3 — 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 4 — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 5 — CLOSED
  • Monday, May 6 — Begin Summer 2013 hours