Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Exhibit of 2017 Photo Contest Winners in Library’s Coffee Shop

Nick Hable’s 1st place winning photo in the Tommies Abroad category

The 2017 Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest Winning photos are on display in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library’s Coffee Bené gallery.  Students who had previously spent a semester or J-Term abroad were invited to submit photos documenting their time while studying in various host countries

Photos were submitted and judged in four categories:  Sense of Place, Global Classroom, Tommies Abroad, and Most Epic Selfie.   Winners from the first three categories are displayed now thanks to Allison Beardsley, Study Abroad Graduate Assistant. 

Read on for complete article and slideshow.

Congratulations, study abroad students, on your beautiful photographs and the many memories they will provide you for years to come.  Thank you for sharing them with us!   

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Meditative Prayer Walk in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, January 12


All are invited to experience The Labyrinth – A Meditative Prayer Walk on Thursday afternoon, January 12, 2017.  Following a J-term Aquinas Honors seminar in Contemplative Practices that will be using the labyrinth that morning, Professor Susan Stabile has graciously offered to make the Labyrinth available for anyone to experience.  Come to the second floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library between 11:30am and 2:30pm and she will help you get started on this meditative prayer walk and answer any of your questions.

Taken from the class handout:  The Labyrinth is an ancient tool for prayer and meditation, consisting of a winding path that begins at the periphery always leading to a central space, and then out again by the same path.  A Labyrinth is unlike a maze in that it has no blind alleys or dead ends.  There are no tricks or short cuts.  The path winds throughout and becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives.  It touches our sorrows and releases our joys.

We hope you will consider taking time out of your day’s work and activities to learn more about the Labyrinth and experience this spiritual journey.

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Lock it up in the Library!

Library student workers Lorna Nakabuye and Sarah Kamba Binamu demonstrate the great feeling patrons get when their valuables are stored safely in a free locker at the library circulation desk.

Library student workers Lorna Nakabuye and Sarah Kamba Binamu demonstrate the great feeling patrons get when their valuables are stored safely in a free locker at the library circulation desk.

Don’t let the haste and stress of the last weeks of the semester lead to the loss of your valuables.    You don’t need to lug everything when you go to class, or take a break to eat – there are free lockers for you to use in the library.

Bring your books, laptops, other possessions to the library circulation desk and request a free locker.

Your belongings will be kept safe until you return.


Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Guitar Ensemble in Great Hall, Dec 6 at 3:45 pm

Join us for an afternoon of beautiful music in the second floor Great Hall of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library!   Enjoy the sounds of the University of St. Thomas Guitar Ensemble under the direction of Joan Griffith.  Classical, Latin, and Jazz will be embellished with holiday music to brighten your day.

This is an informal concert – all are welcome – you are free to do your homework while you listen!

We will look for you at 3:45 pm in the Great Hall on Tuesday afternoon, December 6.

Refreshments will be provided and of course the concert is free and open to all!

Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Come as You Are! Tuesday, Dec 6 at noon in the Library


Hosted by Chris Kachian, Ph.D., guitarist and professor of music and Shelly Nordtorp-Madson, Ph.D., chief curator and a member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Art History, noonartsound is the library series that blends musical performance and historical perspective over a Tuesday noon-hour, six times a year.

You are all welcome and invited to the Tuesday, December 6 noonartsound presentation, Come As You Are!  Shelly Nordtorp-Madson, will share her expertise in the art of just showing up! and the Show’d Up Band will perform.  We never know for sure who will show up to play, but their bluegrass inspired music is always delightful.

Refreshments are provided – we look forward to seeing you at this change of pace noon-hour lunch break!


News & Events

Explore Difficult Topics

Check out these library resources as we struggle to learn about and find solutions for the difficulties Americans are currently facing.what-do-you-think

Kanopy Streaming: Search by subject and find videos on Politics, the Media, Race, Class, Gender, LGBT issues, and more.

CQ Magazine: The CQ news team includes more than 100 reporters, editors, and researchers that cover virtually every act of Congress, delivering nonpartisan news and analysis. Get in-depth reports on issues looming on the congressional horizon, plus a complete wrap up the previous week’s news, including the status of bills in play, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, committee and floor activity, debates and all roll-call votes.

CQ Researcher: Find original information on health care, criminal justice, political and social trends, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the economy. Each report includes an overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources.

Issues & Controversies: Explore timely, in-depth, and objective articles on topics such as politics, government, business, education, and popular culture. Updated weekly, this resource includes links to news coverage, pros and cons statements, timelines, statistics, and more.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context: A one-stop source for information on a variety of social issues. Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, as well as full-text magazine and newspaper articles.

Facts on File World News Digest: Find daily news stories of current events from around the world. This resource covers all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940. Search by story in the title index; browse by decade, country or issue. Also includes an Encyclopedia, Almanac and curriculum tools. Watch for Historic Documents link in special features to find older materials.

Access World News: Contains the full-text of thousands of national and international newspapers and other news sources, as well as Special Reports such as this one on the 2016 presidential election. Conduct a global search of all newspapers, or choose newspapers within a region, or even within an individual country. When searching for newspapers in North America, drill down to sources within a state, and in some cases down to smaller town newspapers. Includes foreign language newspapers, campus news, tv news transcripts, and business news.

News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Special Collections and Archives

Treasures from the Rare Book Collection – The Lapidary of King Alfonso X


The Rare Books collection contains a number of facsimlies of medieval manuscripts.  One of the most unusual is the Lapidario del rey d. Alfonso X , a photo-chromo lithograph of a medieval lapidary.

A lapidary is “treatise on (precious) stones.”  Works such as this were popular in the Middle Ages when many people believed that certain gems held inherent powers and the wealthy accumulated jewels to store and transport capital.




Commissioned by King Alfonso X of Castille and Leon, a group of Jewish scholars translated this work from an Arabic texts into the Castilian language. The content of the manuscript is different from more common lapidaries of the time in that it discusses the relationships between specific stones and the planets and other astrological bodies.  The work is divided by the Signs of the Zodiac with the various medicinal and magical properties of a stone (as it relates to a specific astrological sign) described and illustrated.



For more information on the UST Libraries rare books and manuscripts collections see our website.

Database Highlights & Trials

Technical Difficulties – Gale

galePlease note that our Gale resources are having a bit of trouble connecting and/or staying connected.  This is especially going to cause problems when you are trying to access them from off-campus. If this is a Gale emergency, please come into the library where the librarian can help you strip out the proxy prefix and connect directly. Sadly, this can only be done on campus.  The most common error you’ll see is  about a CONNECTION RESET. Other browsers may have other errors. Our best success for access has been Chrome.

Rest assured we are working with Gale to fix the problem. Sorry for the inconvenience, and as always, if you have a question, please ASK US.