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General Science Collection is now more specific

Published on: Friday, December 19th, 2014

Generageneralsciencel Science Collection is a database of full-text of science journals. It is provided free from the state through the Electronic Library of Minnesota (ELM).  I am pleased to announce that the product has become far less general and far more peer-reviewed.  What was a database of mostly general science magazines has now become a database of mostly peer-reviewed scholarly journals in the sciences.  When you search the results default to full text academic journals. You can narrow those results to peer-reviewed journals only, or only magazines, news and even  videos.

‘Tis the season to return books!

Published on: Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Greetings, Ireland Library users!  Congratulations on finishing another term strong! OSFBookdropMap1

After the semester ends you’ll be catching up on lots of mundane but important tasks, like sleep, laundry, paying bills, and returning library books! 

Ireland Library will be closed for the majority of Christmas Break, so please plan to return library items to the book returns outside of O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.  There are two of them.  The easiest one to get to is located on the south side of the building in the loading dock area off of Cleveland Ave.  The other book drop is located off the quad on the northwest corner of the building. 

Of course, you can return library items and chat with staff when Ireland is open as well. 

  • Fri, Dec 19:  8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Mon, Dec 22:  8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tue, Dec 23:  8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • J-term hours begin at 8 a.m. Mon, Jan 5, 2015.  For more details see

You can also return items by mail.  Please see details on the library’s Returning Books page

Blessings on your holiday preparations and celebrations with family and friends.

Your friends at Ireland Library, Curt, Betsy & Conie

Bookdrop Locations during Christmas Break!

Published on: Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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Just a brief reminder that if you need to drop off library materials that are due after regular library hours or over holidays, you can use one of our various bookdrop locations:

  • Outside O’Shaughnessy-Frey:  north of the front door at the bottom of the steps
  • Outside O’Shaughnessy-Frey:  south side of the library
  • Outside Keffer: in skyway near old front entrance & elevator

For more info, see our Returning Books page.

Ireland Library J-term renovation project results in restricted access to its reference room from December 22, 2014 through January 30, 2015

Published on: Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Beginning on December 22, 2014, Ireland Library will “temporarily” restrict access to its main reading/study room, public computers, and the library’s reference collection in association with a renovation project scheduled to be completed by January 30.  While it is closed temporarily, the reference collection will be unavailable for consultation in the reading room, classrooms, or for reproduction requests.

The much-needed building renovations include asbestos abatement, installing new carpeting, refurbishing ceiling lights, repairing the plaster and painting walls.

What can we do at Ireland Library during this temporary renovation project?

Many services, resources, and our knowledgeable staff members will still be accessible.  Patrons may study in study carrels in the building’s stacks.  Bible dictionaries and commentaries will be removed from the Reference Room and kept in a separate location where they may be used by students enrolled in J-Term classes.  Circulating books and periodicals will remain accessible and may still be borrowed.  Reference service and the Reserve Collection will be available.

Alternate public computing options

As Ireland Library’s public computing center will be temporarily unavailable, students, faculty and staff can access digital content such as e-books, full text articles or electronic journals (via CLICnet and library databases) on personal laptops, tablets, or smart phones at Ireland Library.  Campus and community patrons who need to use public computers may take advantage of those at OSF Library on North Campus, Keffer Library (Mpls), or the Schoenecker Law Library (Mpls).  [Check our Library Hours Page for all UST library addresses and hours.] Group study rooms are also available at the UST libraries listed above.

Ireland Library Hours during J-Term

M-F: 8 AM to 5 PM

Sat & Sun closed.

Hours will return to normal for spring semester.

Stressed About Finals? UST Libraries Can Help!

Published on: Thursday, December 11th, 2014

It’s the most stressful time of the year!
Keyboards are clicking and printers are printing and tables are full… 
Of students waiting to be done.
Oh, it’s the most stressful time of the year… 

As we see stressed out faces around campus, we just wanted to remind everyone that UST Libraries are here to help out!  We have prepared a variety of resources for the next week to help you get through.  Here’s a list of the highlights:


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As the Newsroom reported, we will be opening early and/or closing late many days in the next week.   Here’s a quick rundown of the extended hours (in bold):

Friday, 12/12: 7:00am – 10pm
Saturday 12/13:  10am  - 10pm
Tuesday-Thursday, 12/16-12/18: 6am – 2:30am
Friday, 12/19: 6am – 6pm

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Therapy Pets

Yes, folks – the therapy pets are back!  Stop by 6-8pm on Study Monday, 12/15, to get some furry cuddles in with dogs, rabbits, and a Guinea pig!


Look for updates about regular study break treats, hosted by the USG and Wellness center.


Coffee Bene has also graciously agreed to be open on Saturday (!), 12/13, from 10:30am-4pm

Stress-Free Zone

Do you need to just get away from it all for a moment or two?  Stop by our “Stress Free Zone” in room 102 each afternoon 12/15-19 for some coloring, puzzles, card games, and more.  Remember, it’s been proven that regular study breaks can help with concentration!

Ear Plugs and Lockers

Need some help focusing?  Grab some earplugs in the OSF Rotunda and/or drop off your valuables in a locker at the circulation desk.  Noise and worry about theft will be gone, leaving more time to focus on your work!

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We are ALWAYS here to help you – whether to find out how to cite that pesky article or figure out a quiet place to study, we are here for you!  Let us know if there’s anything else we can do to help out, and best of luck on Finals!

IBISWorld – now covering more of the world

Published on: Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Those of you who use IBISWorld probably use it to look up US industry information. I’m pleased to announce that IBISWorld now covers more of the world. Sure, you can still use it as your go-to for US industry information, but we’ve expanded our subscription to include

  • U.S. Specialized Industry Reports
  • Canada Industry Reports
  • China Industry Reports
  •  Global Industry Research Reports

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Need storage while studying in the Library?

Published on: Thursday, December 4th, 2014

lockers1The OSF Library now has 14 lockers available for patrons to use!

The lockers will offer patrons a place to store personal belongings such as laptops, small backpacks, and purses when they leave the library for dinner or class instead of leaving these items unprotected at tables, study carrels, and in study rooms.

So stop by the Circulation Desk to check-out a locker for a 4 hour period, today.




Victor O’Malley scrapbook, 1918 – 1920

Published on: Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Recently, the University of St. Thomas Archives was given a scrapbook compiled by St. Thomas Military Academy (STMA) graduate, Victor O’Malley.  A native of Waunakee, WI, Victor attended STMA from 1918 to 1920, his junior and senior years in high school.  During his time at there, he was a member of the academy football team and the Cauirdhe na H-Eireann (Friends of Ireland) club.

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Victor O’Malley (left) and friend stand next to Foley Theater

His scrapbook gives us a unique view into student life on the College of St. Thomas campus of the time. He collected programs, ticket stubs, soda fountain menus and other memorabilia documenting how he spent his time outside of the classroom.

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I’ve been especially intrigued by some of the photos of the neighborhood around campus which are included in the scrapbook.  While the streetcar line no longer runs along Selby Avenue, several of the houses and buildings are still standing in the neighborhood.

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(left ) Selby-Lake streetcar near the St. Thomas campus

(right ) Store near the corner of Dayton and Cleveland Avenues

For another of view of campus on from the same time period, you can view the short film “A Day at St. Thomas” on YouTube.


UST Libraries accepts donations for Women’s Advocates, Inc. through Friday, December 12

Published on: Monday, November 24th, 2014

All are invited to join staff members of the UST Libraries in a collection drive for Women’s Advocates, Inc., a local organization that offers hope and help to women and children in crisis.    If you are able to help in this effort, please drop off your donations at one of our four libraries:   the Ireland library on south campus;  Keffer or Law libraries in Minneapolis, or the O’Shaughnessy-Frey on the main campus in St. Paul.   We will accept  your items until Friday, December 12.  All donations will be brought to Women’s Advocates, Inc. during the week of December 15.

These are most needed and requested:

Pajamas                                   for women of all sizes;   children all sizes

Disposable Baby Diapers        Sizes 5 and 6 in particular at this time, but all diaper sizes are welcome

Socks & Underwear          for women all sizes;   children all sizes

Thank you very much!

Cancelled: Dec 2 noonartsound in the library

Published on: Monday, November 24th, 2014

We are sorry to have to share this news, but the noonartsound that was scheduled for December 2 with Spanish Flamenco guest guitarist, Tony Hauser, has been cancelled.

We will resume our noonartsound schedule in 2015, however, and hope to see you for next season’s noon-hour conversations about art and music:

Flamenco Guitarist Tony Hauser

Flamenco Guitarist Tony Hauser

March 3, 2015   Vienna and Franz Schubert with Chris Kachian and David Jenkins performing the Arpeggione Sonata.

April 7, 2015     The British Invasion with Chris Kachian and friends

May 5, 2015      The 1930s with guests artists Wilkenson-James singing songs of the early union/labor movement

We will seek to re-schedule Tony Hauser, if at all possible, during the spring.   Thank you very much!