Alvernia Resources for the local community

Alvernia University is proud to be part of the Reading community and has many quality resources to offer to area residents of all ages. Some lectures and other campus events are free and open to the public. Many cultural, educational, sporting events, and programs are available year-round. Take a look at everything Alvernia offers.

Holleran Center for Community Engagement

About the Center

The Holleran Center for Community Engagement identifies, cultivates and sustains strategic partnerships to strengthen both campus and community life. By making these community partnerships an essential part of the curriculum, the Holleran Center strives to foster the University mission and improve the quality of life in our community and to develop in its students a lifelong commitment to service as engaged citizens.


We are leading an effort to address the issues of education, mentoring, and support for healthy choices with our community colleagues through The South Reading Youth Initiative.

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Center for Ethics & Leadership

About the Center

The Center for Ethics and Leadership at Alvernia University is an interdisciplinary initiative for dialogue on ethics and leadership among members of the Alvernia community, the local and regional communities, and colleagues throughout the academy.


Ethics in journalism, the American Presidency, immigration, and the value of interfaith dialogue—the spring 2009 series of events explored topics of national importance.

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Senior College

Lifelong Learning at it's finest

The Alvernia Seniors College is a program which provides people with opportunities for intellectual and cultural exploration.  In addition to holding classes on Alvernia University's campus, the Seniors College runs programs at several other convenient area locations.


Sixteen Mid Year courses ran from January 12–May 15, 2009 covering topics as varied as "Superheroes and Comic Books" to "The Current Financial Crisis: Perspectives and Recommendations from People Who Know."

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Montessori School

A New Home

In 2009, Alvernia Montessori signed a lease for the empty St. Anthony of Padua School in Milmont. This gives the school the opportunity to be closer to the Alvernia campus and use the resources that the University offers, including interning students in the educational disciplines.

The Philosophy

The Montessori philosophy is contingent on the Multiple Intelligences Theory, in which children do not only learn by reading and writing. The school uses stories, Montessori materials, diverse cultural items, and traditional tools as learning vessels. Montessori students actively participate in planning their time and taking responsibility for their work.

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Community Events

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Alvernia Headlines

Alvernia expands partnership with Newcombe Foundation


Financial support doubles for adult women pursuing bachelor’s degrees

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Graduation Station


Looking for information on Alvernia's May 13 graduation ceremonies? We've got you covered.

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Seasonal Spotlight
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Alvernia University pairs with Leadership Berks

Leadership Berks and its impressive program became a part of Alvernia University through the completion of an asset purchase agreement approved by the University and the Leadership Berks board. The change became effective July 1, 2009.

Visit Leadership Berks online
Crusaders Corner

Get directions to Alvernia University's athletic venues.

View a schedule of upcoming sporting events.


Dr. Frank A. Franco Library Learning Center

Library Cards

Alvernia University alumni, residents of Berks County, and students, faculty and staff of ACLCP colleges are entitled to borrowing privileges.

Alvernia Alumni and Community members may register for a library card at the main desk by presenting a photo ID.

ACLCP patrons must present a valid college ID to receive an Alvernia University library card.

You must present this card whenever you want to check out materials. You will be held responsible for all materials checked out on your card, including any unauthorized use, until the library has been notified that the card is lost or stolen. You will also be charged for any lost or damaged materials. You must replace a lost card (at a nominal replacement cost) to continue borrowing library materials.

Loan Periods

The loan period for circulating books is 3 weeks. Patrons may check-out: general collection books, curriculum materials, children’s books, and CDs. Patrons may not check-out: Bestseller books, audiobooks, videos, and items in the Italian-American collection.


Items may be renewed once, either in-person or by phone.


The fine for overdue items is $0.05 per day. Items more than 1 month overdue are considered lost. Patrons with a lost item or more than $10 in fines will not be allowed to check out materials.