Blakley closure continues

Pardon our progress! Work in the Blakley building will continue, and therefore that area of the library will be closed to patrons. Please contact the folks at the circulation desk for help with any materials you may need from that area. We will be glad to get what you need for you!




Book Sale This Week!

Attention book lovers! This Thursday, May 26th, Blakley Library will be having a one-day sale on gently used books. With 5 carts to choose from, there will be something for everyone. The carts will be located in Braniff foyer under the windows to the right of the library entrance.  All books will be 25 cents each or 5 for $1.00. Cash or check only please.
What – Blakley Library Book Sale – 1 Day Only
Where – Braniff foyer
When – Thursday, May 26th
Time – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Featured Library Staff Member: Dean of Libraries Cherie Hohertz

Dean Hohertz in her office

Cherie Hohertz is Dean of University Libraries at University of Dallas. Get to know her in this interview!

What is your job at Blakley library? What do you do?

I am the Dean of University Libraries and Research. I oversee all of the daily operations of the library, but the majority of my job includes library planning and assessment, budgeting, and administrative work. Making sure the library runs smoothly.

What made you want to work in a library?

I don’t think I ever knew I wanted to work in a library until I started working in one. My undergraduate degree is in piano performance and I quickly learned I couldn’t support myself with a piano degree. I saw an ad for a library job that was mainly clerical, so I took it. Once I started working there, I realized that I loved it and could see myself as a librarian. It was a match made in heaven!

What has your education been like?

I have an Bachelor’s of Music in piano performance and a Masters in Library Science. In library school I concentrated on information architecture, information management, and library management.

What is your favorite part of working in the library?

I think my favorite part is that everything is always changing, so you have to stay up on technology and library trends. This is not a profession where you do the same thing every single day. There are always challenges and I love that a big part of my job is problem solving.

What is your favorite resource Blakley offers?

There are several. I love LexisNexis because of the international newspapers. If there’s some current event, it’s good getting all different perspectives (and I love that it has the translate feature!). I also love browsing the images in ArtStor. No matter the subject, there are always images in there that can help tell the story.

Tell us about some of your hobbies or interests outside of the library. Outside of the library?

Is there life outside of the library???? Really, I enjoy reading, knitting, spending time with my husband, Jason, and our two daughters, Sarah and Rachel.

Food for Fines


The William A. Blakley Library, along with Campus Ministry, is sponsoring the 10th Annual Food for Fines. From March 14 – 25, patrons of the William A. Blakley Library are invited to help the community and themselves by donating non-perishable food items in lieu of paying library fines. Donated items will benefit the St. Jude’s Catholic Church food pantry, so any food donations will be gratefully accepted (regardless of whether or not you are paying a fine).


For each non-perishable food donation you make, we’ll reduce your fines by $1, to a maximum of $50. Just bring your donations to the Circulation Desk at any time during regular hours. Items needed are as follows:

  • Soup
  • Canned meats
  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Canned juices
  • Personal hygiene products (soap, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Evaporated and powdered milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Baking mixes
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Dried fruits
  • Paper and cleaning products

Don’t have any fines? You can request that your donation be applied to someone else’s fees!


Neither glass jars nor expired food will be accepted. Certain restrictions apply. For more information, visit Food For Fines