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Far from campus?

Published on: Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Outside7CountyMetroSummer is wrapping up.  Did you spend time on-campus working towards a graduate education degree and are lamenting that you’ll be far away from campus and easy access to resources for your studies?

If you’re outside of the seven-county metro area, you’re in luck!  UST Libraries offers distant students the following services:

  • Electronically scanning and delivering book chapters and articles from periodicals.  Make a request through ILLiad.
  • Discussing research topics, little and large, via online chat or over the phone, 651-962-5001.
  • Mailing books from our circulating collections free of charge.  Check out the “Interlibrary Loan for Distance Students and Faculty” section here.
  • Plus mailing books other libraries lend to us for us.  This includes CLIC collections in addition to our local region and beyond!
  • And, of course, accessing our ever growing collection of e-books, full-text articles, and online reference works is as easy as logging into your email through the proxy server.

If you are finished with all of your course work and working on your final project or thesis, be sure you are considered active and “on the books” so your access to these resources isn’t cut off!  Each academic department handles this a little differently, so contact your registrar for details.

Best wishes on teaching this fall and on your own studies!

~ Mason M., fellow graduate student and Ireland Library student staff

Where are you going with books?

Published on: Friday, June 27th, 2014

OutdoorBkPic-MMYou can tell a true book lover by their vacation habits. No longer burdened with assignments, we turn to our reading lists. When given a day off, we naturally consider which novel we’ll finish. Most uniquely, we take advantage of the beautiful weather like everyone else…

…only with books!

This summer, Ireland Library would like to encourage you to enjoy books AND the great outdoors, and we’re strong believers in leading by example. From time to time this summer, we’ll send a few pics of our outdoor adventures.OutdoorBkPic-DD

Care to join us?

Share vacation photos of you and your summer reading outdoors with us on Facebook or Twitter (@USTIRLLIB) and tag them with #outdoorbookpic to spread the love of reading!

From the beach to the trail to a backyard Adirondack, there isn’t a place a good book can’t go!

~ Mason M., Ireland Library graduate student worker

New Walk-in Borrowing Policy with Macalester!

Published on: Friday, June 13th, 2014

DeWitt Wallace Library Exterior 2010 North Side


The University of St. Thomas and Macalester College libraries announce reciprocal walk-in borrowing policy.

Active Macalester patrons can walk into any UST library with their current Macalester ID and register it to check-out 6 books from the general stacks for a 4 week loan. One renewal is allowed for another 4 weeks. See the online policy here.

Active University of St. Thomas patrons can walk into the DeWitt Wallace Library at Macalester College with their current UST ID and register it to check-out 6 circulating items. Book loans will be 4 weeks long, with one 4 week renewal. DVDs and CDs will be checked out for a 1 week loan.

For more details on this change, see the June 4th blog post, “New Process for Requesting Materials from Macalester

UST Libraries Food for Fines (2014 Results)

Published on: Thursday, June 5th, 2014

The O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library and the Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library wrapped up their annual Food for Fines drive this past week.

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UST Library patrons donated a total of 927.2 lbs. of canned food. Donations went to the Emergency Food Shelf at the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches.

Library patrons were able to donate canned food in exchange for the waiving of overdue fines (1 can = $2).

Over the past 5 years we have donated a total of 3,344 lbs. of food. Our first year in 2009 we donated 156 lbs.

Previous recipients have been the Franciscan Brothers of Peace and Francis Basket Food Shelf.

Thank you to all who participated in this semester’s drive!

It’s National Library Week!

Published on: Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Since 1958, the American Library Association has chosen a week in April to celebration National Library Week.  It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special – participate.

National Library Week is April 13-19th this year, and the national theme is “Lives Change @ Your Library.” UST Libraries will be celebrating from April 14-17th and have come up with a variety of programs and events throughout the week. We are excited to share it all with you!

Check out the schedule below or view our National Library Week website to learn more!


Special Events:

Tuesday, 4/15
Ireland Library Academiclete Games – 4-5:00pm

Wednesday, 4/16
Daniel Volovets Concert – 6:30pm in the Great Hall

Thursday, 4/17
Tom Hennen Poetry Reading – 12-1:00pm in the Great Hall


Ongoing Events:

OSF Booksale
Noon-6pm, OSF Leather Room
4/14-17 and 4/19

Theology Used Booksale & Silent Auction
8am-10pm, Ireland Library

Daily Trivia
Questions will be posted Monday-Thursday on the UST National Library Week website

Food for Fines
Back again for 2014, donate nonperishable food items to help pay off any library fines you may have

“Why Get an MLIS?” Display
Throughout the week, information will be on display in the OSF library about Masters of Library and Information Science degrees and what they’ve meant to staff here at UST.

How have Libraries Changed Your Life?
Join the community discussion of this year’s National Library Week theme on the OSF Rotunda whiteboard, Twitter, Flickr, and other social media sites (viewable on our website, as well)

“Tommies on the Loose” Selfie Scavenger Hunt
Do you like taking selfies?  This week, look for pictures of Tommie reading scattered throughout the libraries and share selfies with them for prizes.

New Borrowing Policy for Alumni, Neighbors, and Friends

Published on: Friday, March 28th, 2014

The UST Libraries will be changing to a new computer system over the next few years.  In advance of this development, we’re changing the lending policy for our books (and other physical materials) or alumni, neighbors, and friends borrowing card holders.  Your new borrowing period will be 28 days in length, with one additional 28-day renewal available one week before the due date if there are no other hold requests waiting.  A six (6) item material limit remains.  Review other restrictions by patron category on the libraries’ “Borrowing” page.  These privileges are effective Monday, March 31, 2014. 

If you have recently moved or changed your email address or phone number, please take a moment to contact the circulation desk of the UST library you frequent and update your contact information with us. 

Thank you for being part of the UST Libraries’ community of users.  As always, everyone is welcome to use our building and resources when we are open.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this or any other library policy. 

Contact us by email at or call:

  • O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, St. Paul (North Campus):  651-962-5494
  • Ireland Library, St. Paul (South Campus):  651-962-5450
  • Keffer Library, Minneapolis:  651-962-4642

New Ireland Library Academiclete Games date! Tue, Apr 15, 4 p.m.

Published on: Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

AcademicleteIreland Library staff is excited to share the date for the Ireland Library Academiclete Games! 

Academicletes, mark you calendars for Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 4 p.m.

Tommies are good academic sports.  So we challenge your mental toughness, intellectual flex, academic rigor, and scholastic agility!  Compete in the Ireland Games and show us your burn to learn in three Academiclete events. 

  • For the daring, play a round of SkeeBook, sending eager journals rocketing down a banister* like greased lightning with the accuracy of Swiss Biathletes! 
  • For the focused, race against time as you bring harmony to a shelf of books faster than anyone before! 
  • For the adventurous, plumb the stacks for hidden volumes and bring them home for all to see!


  • First, second, and third place finishers in each event will be awarded chocolate for their efforts. 
  • The best all-around winner will be awarded a $25 gift card from the UST Bookstore. 
  • The first 50 participants will receive a commemorative Ireland Library Academiclete button. 
  • The best Academiclete uniform will be awarded a special prize. 

Register now at!

Contact us at if you have questions! 

Fortuna Fortibus Favet! 

~ Ireland Library Staff

* Disclaimer:  No university library property will be harmed in the playing of these games. 

November Drive – New Women’s Socks and Flip Flops

Published on: Friday, November 1st, 2013

socksNovember 1st through November 25th the St. Thomas Libraries and IRT Department will be collecting donations of new women’s socks and new women’s flip flops for Women Advocates, Inc.

Donation boxes will be located at the entrances of O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Ireland Library, and Keffer Library as well at IRT’s offices in the basement of O’Shaughnessy Education Center (OEC).

Founded in 1974, Women’s Advocates was the first shelter in the nation for battered women and their children. Women’s Advocates offers shelter, meals, clothing, transportation, personal needs items, counseling, support, advocacy, referral, crisis phone and other basic services to women and their children daily. An average of 1,000 women and children stay at the shelter each year.







Book Spine Poetry Grand Prize Winner!

Published on: Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Ireland Library is pleased to announce “With Roots and Wings” as the Grand Prize Winner of the Theological Libraries Month Book Spine Poetry Contest!  Sean Goossens & Andrea Bettschen teamed together to create the simple and evocative poem.  They will receive a box (30 pieces) of the Queen’s Assortment from Regina’s Chocolates.

The 2013 Winners of Ireland Library's Book Spine Poetry Contest:  Andrea Bettschen and Sean Goossens!  Congrats!

The 2013 Winners of Ireland Library’s Book Spine Poetry Contest: Andrea Bettschen and Sean Goossens! Congrats!

The staff of Ireland Library thanks the following folks who made Theological Libraries Month special:  our Book Spine Poetry contestants, all you who voted for your favorite Book Spine Poetry, all the student staff at Ireland who created sample book spine poetry, and especially Sarah P whose enthusiasm for social media made this contest possible.

Vote for Ireland Library’s Book Spine Poetry Finalists

Published on: Monday, October 28th, 2013

Ireland Library is happy to announce the last weekly winner and … the beginning of the final leg of the Book Spine Poetry Contest!