Loyola University Maryland


Library Resources

The following library activities are available to Messina and Loyola 101 classes. Contact Joanne Helouvry, the Head of Research & Instruction Services, to schedule: 410-617-6834, jhelouvry@loyola.edu

Amazing Library Race (45 minutes)

In this fast-paced orientation to the library and its services, student teams race to complete three rounds of questions using the library website. Each team receives the first round of questions at the same time, then competes to correctly answer the questions in order to move on to the next round before the others. The first team to complete all three rounds wins. This activity can serve as a fun and challenging way to introduce students to the library.

Book Display Project (3 hours)

This is an opportunity for your section to get creative and collaborate on a library book display based on your theme. Each student in the group will use the library catalog to pick a book that they feel best represents the theme. They will then write a short paragraph that will be displayed with the book. The group can create accompanying signs and to make the display eye-catching and informative. Librarians will work with the group to help mount the book display in the library.

Introduction to the St. John's Bible (30 minutes)

The St. John's Bible, the first hand-illuminated Bible to be produced in 500 years, is a work of art and a work of theology. It is meant to be “experienced,” so students are able to handle the books, turn the pages, and touch the illustrations. The illuminations are deliberately left open to individual interpretation.

Schedule a session where students can examine the Bible firsthand and engage in a valuable discussion, integrating Messina themes with inspirations found in the Bible. These sessions can be led by the professor or a docent trained library staff member. 

Movie Night (2-3 hours)

Reserve the library’s screening room to show a movie with your group on the “big screen.” Consider asking a librarian to join you for a film discussion afterwards. The library staff would be happy to help you find films that might relate to your group’s themes.

Library Spaces

The following spaces are available to reserve. Contact Campus Events Services to book these rooms.

  • Screening Room: Seats 24 in comfy chairs with desk arms. Has laptop projection capability, as well as DVD and VHS. No food is allowed in the screening room.
  • Auditorium: Seats 100 with projection capability for laptop, DVD, VHS. Refreshments allowed in the back of the room.
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