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Researching from off campus

Welcome to Holy Family!

The Philadelphia Campus Library and Newtown LRC are OPEN! See our hours here. 

Need help? You can reach an HFU librarian by chat, email, or by leaving us a voice message. And, as always, our digital resources are available to you 24/7/365!

  • Contact an HFU librarian via the blue Chat With a Librarian tab during the following hours:
    • M-Th 7:30 AM - 10 PM
    • Friday 7:30 AM - 4 PM
    • Sunday 12 PM - 8 PM
    • Librarians across the country can help you when HFU librarians are unavailable. Chat is staffed by professional librarians 24/7/365. Click the "Chat with a Librarian" tab on the right to get started. 
  • Email us at  
    • In most cases, Holy Family librarians will respond to your emails within a day.
  • You may leave us a message at 267-341-3315 and we'll return your call Sunday~Friday during normal business hours.

All your research will start with the library web page (

  • To locate articles using our Research Databases, you'll need your Canvas login  - your Holy Family email address and password. 
  • If you need help with your password, contact the IT Help desk at 267-341-3402.
  • We're now offering curbside pick-up of books and other items. Use the "HOLD" function in the catalog under "Resources" on our main webpage ( Link to the flyer below for more information. 

Use the tabs to the left to get started with research. For information about Citing Sources, click here. 

Can't find it at HFU? You can also request books and articles from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan.


For Books and DVDs - Curbside Pick Up Instructions


Our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services are OPEN! For the Holy Family community! 
Full-text access to articles depends on Holy Family's paid subscriptions.  You can use the ILL service and we can get articles for you if:
  • You are unable to locate full-text articles on your own, through one of our databases, or by using the Journal Locator
  • If there are no PDF / HTML links available in your search results
  • You receive an error message when trying to link to full-text
  • You are asked for payment before you can see an article. Never pay for an article!

We can also get books and DVDs for you!

You have these options:

1) When searching in one of the Library's EBSCOhost databases, you may notice an Interlibrary Loan icon/link.  Click that link to connect to a request form.  Citation information will auto-fill.  Fill in your personal info.  Please use your HFU email and ID number (for Library Card #), and submit.  You do not have to input your complete address, just specify "HFU".

2) When searching the library catalog, you may notice a "Request Item Through Interlibrary Loan" link. Click that to connect to a request form. Fill out your contact information. Please use your HFU email.

3) Don't see an ILL icon/link? Use the ILL form found here.: .  Please provide all the citation information for the article as well as your contact information.
To learn more about our ILL service and policies check here.:
* COVID-19 Update - Regarding the impact on Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services - we depend on other lending libraries to fulfill ILL requests. This means that while Library Services staff here at HFU are maintaining ILL services, the fulfillment of requests for journal articles, books, and DVDs may be delayed depending on the availability of staff at other institutions. Articles will be emailed to you within a few days of receipt.
Once a book or DVD is received, you will be notified and we will make arrangements for in-library or curbside pick-up. 
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