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New Year, New Library Website

happy new yearWelcome back! We hope you are well-rested and ready for the 2015 Spring semester.

You may notice our Library website has been redesigned. Please take a few moments to let us know what you think by filling out this formOr, if you're in the Library, tell the Library staff what you think.

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to another great year at Canisius. Be sure to stop by the Circulation Desk to say 'Hello' and check out some new books.

Literary Magazines in the Library

Walking down the main stairway to the lower level of the library, just through the glass doors to your left, in the TV lounge you will notice a wall lined with literary magazines. Purchased for the Creative Writing Program, these magazines publish new poetry, fiction and experimental writing. Many are published by colleges and universities, whose students and faculty contribute their work.  The collection has been maintained, in part, by student donations. 




How to find a journal by the title


The library catalog will help you find items found in the library and the databases.  This includes journals.  Follow these steps to check if Canisius owns the title:

  • Go to the library website:
  • Click on the Library Catalog tab located in the center of the page, then click in the search box.
  • Type in the journal title, hit search.
  • Look through result list for the title.
  • Click on title.  This will take you to the full catalog record.  This will tell you the dates we own, if it is online or in print, and the location or database name.
  • For more instructions with images, please click here.


If you need help, please stop by the reference desk, call us 716-888-8411 or email (


If you would like to browse our online journal titles, please click here.

New RFID Book Tagging Project

The ALB Library has begun implemeneting a project to tag all library materials with the latest RFID technology used in library theft detection systems, inventory control and efficient staff stack maintenance.  The RFID tags not only detect unauthorized removal of library materials, but speed staff checking in and checking out of library materials, enables self-checkout, and supports electronic inventorying and shelf searching using hand held scanning devices.

Paul Lubienecki, Ph.D. - Catholic Labor Historian Speaks at ALB Library

The Canisius College Archives Speaker Series Presents Paul Lubienecki, Ph.D., Catholic Labor Historian and Vice President, Steel Plant Museum, Buffalo. He will speak on Buffalo's Catholic Labor Schools: Uncovering Resources That Shaped a Business Model. This event will take place on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm on the second floor of the ALB Library. Light refreshements will be served. For more information contact: Ext 8421. Sponsored by Rev. J. Clayton Murray. S.J. Archives & Special Collections ALB Library, Office of Mission and Identity, and Catholic Studies Program with assistance from the Office of Campus Ministry.

All Night Long --- In the Library

24 Hour Fall ScheduleBack by popular demand ---during the semester’s final weeks, the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library will remain open 24 hours Sunday through Thursday with regular hours on Friday and Saturday. Extended hours begin this Sunday, December 2 at 11 a.m. and will continue through Saturday, December 15 when the library will close at 5 p.m.


During this period, additional “Silent Study” areas will be designated in the Library Instruction Room on the first floor, and Library Conference Room on the lower level. Guidelines for use of these rooms will be posted in the areas. Online room reservations will be available for other group study rooms. A reference librarian and other staff members will be available for assistance throughout the 24 hour opening period, and public safety also will be in the library during this time.


Students faculty and staff are reminded that after 10 p.m. a valid Canisius College I.D. will be necessary to enter the library.


Please note—weekend hours remain in effect for Friday and Saturday.


The extended opening schedule is as follows:

The library will open Sunday, December 2 at 11 a.m. and remain open for 24 hours through Friday, December 7 with closing at 8 p.m. On Saturday, December 8 regular hours are in effect from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The library reopens Sunday, December 9 at 11 a.m. and remains open for 24 hours through Friday, December 14 with closing at 5 p.m. Saturday, December 15 hours will be 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Daily hours are posted on the library home page in the upper right hand corner at   or check the Library Hours Page.


For more information contact the Library Service Desk at 716-888-8412 or

Brian Castner to Read @ALBL During Veterans Day Commemoration

Western New York’s Brian Castner will read from his critically acclaimed book, The Long Walk : A Story of War and the Life that Follows, in Andrew L. Bouwhuis, S.J. Library, on Monday, November 12 at 1 p.m.


Castner, a Marquette University graduate, served as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1999 to 2007, deploying to Iraq to command bomb disposal units in Balad and Kirkuk in 2005 and 2006. He and his team “disabled roadside IEDs, investigated the aftermath of roadside car bombings and searched door to door to uncover bomb-makers at their homes.” He is a Bronze Star recipient who continues to train EOD teams to disable bombs, as a civilian. His memoir offers a hard look at the reality of war and the effect on warriors “in country” and back home. Critics have compared The Long Walk … to Erich Maria Remarque’s, All Quiet on the Western Front, and recognize Brian Castner as a gifted writer whose candor will strike a chord with veterans of all wars, and those who love them.


Also in the library are several displays from Archives & Special Collections of historic documents and artifacts related to past wars and veterans. These include a selection of original newspapers, government documents (and some propaganda), scrapbooks and a recent acquisition  of greeting cards [ca. 1944-54] meant to "support the troops".  YALT students researched and created a display on the lower level focused on patriotic themes.


The ALB Library joins with the Office of Veterans Affairs and YALT offer these special events in honor of all Veterans of all wars. Events and displays are free and open to the public.


Contact Kathleen DeLaney, archivist/reference librarian at or ext. 8431 for details.

Preserving 170 Years of Jewish Memories in Buffalo

The Canisius College Archives Speaker Series present


The 2012-13 Canisius College Archives Speaker Series will present Chana Revell Kotzin, Ph. D. Community Archive Project Director, Jewish Buffalo Archives Project/Bureau of Jewish Education speaking about “Preserving 170 Years of Jewish Memories in Buffalo”,  Wednesday, November 7, 2012 in the Bouwhuis Library, 2nd Floor from 2:30-4 pm.


The Jewish Buffalo Archives Project (JBAP) seeks to create a comprehensive archive of Jewish institutional, organizational and group documentary holdings, as well as family materials in the Buffalo and Niagara area. Since 2007, Dr. Chana Revell Kotzin has overseen the project and secured archival donations from the oldest synagogues in Buffalo to the area’s longest running Jewish sleep-away summer camp, as well as a range of family donations and many other Jewish groups or initiatives.   She’s recorded a series of oral histories with a wide array of individuals that complements the documentary record.   Much of the work of the project has involved working with the University Archives of the University at Buffalo, who are partnering with the project to provide guidance, repository services and access services. To view the online project click here:


Dr. Chana Kotzin was born and educated in Britain, and initially followed a career in geological sciences including stints on various North Sea oilrigs. In 1994, she retrained as an historian and received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Southampton in the UK in 2000. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the ways in which European Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi anti-semitism were received in Britain during the 1930s. 


Dr. Kotzin has served as guest curator, scholarly advisor, and researcher for an exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, “Lives Lost, Lives Found: Baltimore’s German Jewish Refugees, 1933-1945”. She has researched and written oral histories for the Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA), an on-line resource for the history of Jewish women, with the aid of fellowships and grants from the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and the Jewish Women’s Archives.  She has also researched and written about aspects of Jewish women’s history in the twentieth century, and has  published works in Shofar, The Journal of Holocaust Education, and Jewish History and Culture and has taught courses on Anglo-Jewish History and Modern Jewish History.


The Archives Speaker Series showcases scholars with a special understanding of archival research, based on their own experiences; and who have completed a book or other expression of scholarship reliant on archival research.


This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


For more information contact: Kathleen De Laney, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at 716-888-8421 or


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