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Celebrating the 150th Birthday of G. K. Chesterton!

On May 29th,  the world will celebrate the enduring legacy of the remarkable English author, critic, Catholic apologist, and philosopher, G. K. Chesterton, on what would have been his 150th birthday. Revered as “the apostle of common sense,” Chesterton’s literary repertoire spans across various genres – from prose to poetry, drama to journalism – covering a wide array of topics including history, theology, and current events, all infused with his distinctive wit and irony.

While many know Chesterton for his influential autobiography, Orthodoxy, where he vividly recounts his journey to Christianity, his contributions extend far beyond this seminal work. A convert to Roman Catholicism in 1922, Chesterton is perhaps best remembered for his metaphysical thriller, The Man Who Was Thursday, his noted work of apologetics, The Everlasting Man,  biographies of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Thomas Aquinas and, of course, the beloved Father Brown mystery series.

At the St. Thomas Libraries’ Special Collections Department, we curate a treasury of over 2,000 first editions, fine printings, and foreign translations of Chesterton’s literary masterpieces. This collection is one of the most comprehensive gatherings of its kind in the United States. For more information see our website.

Libraries, News & Events

Library Hours restored for the Spring Semester

January is traditionally a quiet time on campus with most students away for J-Term.  While on some level we enjoy the slower pace, it can get a little too quiet around here.  That’s why we always look forward to the start of a new semester and the renewed energy of students returning to campus.

The O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library is open seven days a week, most nights until 12:00 am.  Check here for more details and sporadic schedule changes throughout the semester.  And note that OSF Library access will be available by St. Thomas ID card only after 8:00 pm. 

And if it’s a quiet place to study, or a lively environment to meet with a group, the OSF library has space to accommodate everyone; along with the re-opening of Stacks Cafe, our in-library coffee house that offers drinks and light snacks. 

As a reminder, librarians and library staff are here to help students at any point in their research process, either in the library or via online databases that they can access from remote locations 24/7.  We are all here to help students have a successful semester! 

Art, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Artstor moving to Jstor on August 1st

jstor and artstor logos

No doubt many of you have learned that Artstor will permanently become Artstor on JSTOR effective August 1st. All current Artstor access points on the UST Libraries site will redirect to JSTOR on August 1st. Given that JSTOR is one of the most frequently used online resources by students and faculty, this migration should help everyone easily find Artstor’s growing collections of images. JSTOR will include the same functionality as the current Artstor platform with enhanced capabilities, such as the two search tabs: All Content and Images. To learn more about what’s included in this move, JSTOR has provided an Artstor on JSTOR support page.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to Ask Us.


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

Folio Society Books on Exhibit

Step into the O’Shaughnessy Room, affectionately known as “The Leather Room,” on the main floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by a treasure trove of classic works of history and literature. These gems were generously donated to the library by the late John O’Shaughnessy (grandson of I. A. O’Shaughnessy and a former member of St. Thomas’s Board of Trustees).

This remarkable collection pays homage to the artistry of the book. A significant portion of this collection is the output of the Folio Society, a publisher renowned for producing exquisite, illustrated editions of the world’s greatest books and facsimiles of historically significant manuscripts.

Currently on display within the room’s exhibit cases are:

– a facsimile of “The Royal Choirbook”: a collection of vocal motets which were presented King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon in 1518.

–  a facsimile of the Hereford Mappa Mundi: the largest and most elaborate map of the fifteenth century, offering a captivating glimpse into the geographical and cultural perceptions of the era.

–  limited edition publications of Jonathan Swift’s Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories.

Latin America, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events

Join Us for the First Latiné Film Festival at UST

University Libraries, MCL, Film Studies, OCB, HOLA will be hosting the first 2023 Latiné Film Festival this April! The festival will be screening three films: Guie’dani’s Navel (Dir. Xavi Salas, 2018), Song Without a Name (Dir. Melina León, 2019), and Los Lobos (Dir.  Samuel Kishi Leopo, 2019). More details about each film below.
Come view these films to learn more about immigration, nationality, race and ethnicity, and gender in Latin America and the United States.
Broaden your knowledge through these three amazing films and participate in the panel discussion at the end of each film. Even more, attending a film will count for extra credit for Spanish classes and/or an event for the Social Justice & Cultural Transformation for the Common Good TBLC. Receptions will follow.

When: Wednesdays in April (April 5, 19, 26) from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: OEC Auditorium

Wednesday, April 5th at 6pm

Guie’dani’s Navel (2018): This film follows the journey of a young girl forced to leave her indigenous village in southwest Mexico, to accompany her mother as a domestic servant in an affluent neighborhood in Mexico City.

Wednesday, April 19th at 6pm

Song Without a Name (2019): This historical fiction film tells the story of the nightmare that many Indigenous Peruvian women experienced in the 1980s.

Wednesday, April 26th at 6pm

Los Lobos (2019): Los Lobos depicts the struggles of single mother Lucía and her two young sons, Max and Leo, in their early days of their arrival in New Mexico.

If interested, click the link to login and RSVP on Tommie Link:

Libraries, Media/Music Collections, News & Events

Get Creative in a Video & Podcast Studio!

Have you ever wanted to start a YouTube channel or podcast? Well, did you know that UST has video and podcast studios available for you to use?
Dedicated to students, these studios are available during normal library hours. Studios provide students with self-service recording capabilities for assignments and personal projects.

The Video Studio

The space can be changed to accomplish the look and feel you are going for in your video. A few studio configuration ideas are stand-up presentation, sit down presentation, or morning talk show. To achieve these configurations, there’s a height adjustable SMART Board, furniture, lighting, sound, etc. This gives your project the perfect, distraction-free setting. Feel free to use the camera provided in the room or bring your own smart phone or device.

The Podcast Studio

The studio is equipped with a table microphone to record 1-4 people in a round-table environment, acoustic padding, and a computer with your choice to record using Panopto or Audacity. It is a distraction-free setting perfect to record group discussions, audio presentations, and podcasts.

To reserve the podcast studio, scan the QR code below!

Be creative and have fun!

By Claire Weiss

Classical Languages, Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Modern Languages

Database Trial: European Etymological Dictionaries Online (Brill)

During the month of February, the University of St. Thomas Libraries is conducting a trial for the Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries Online (IEDO). IEDO reconstructs the lexicon for the most important languages and language branches of Indo-European. It is a rich and voluminous online reference source for historical and general linguists.

To access to the trial click this link
Please send comments to Cindy Badilla-Melendez, Head of the Music & Media Collections.



Art, Database Highlights & Trials, English, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, Music, News & Events

Video Streaming Database Trial: Digital Theatre+

During the month of February, the University of St. Thomas Libraries is conducting a trial for the Database Digital Theatre+. It includes videos of over 900 full-length productions, including Digital Theatre, BBC, Royal Shakespeare Company, Broadway Digital Archive, Royal Opera House, London Symphony Orchestra, as well as in-depth interviews with industry professionals including actors, directors, and all backstage staff: lighting technicians, fight coordinators, stage managers, et al.

To access to the trial click this link
Please send comments to Cindy Badilla-Melendez, Head of the Music & Media Collections.

Database Highlights & Trials, Latin America, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, Modern Languages, News & Events

Video Streaming Database Trial: Platino Educa

During the month of February, the University of St. Thomas Libraries is conducting a trial for the Database Platino Educa.  This platform offers unlimited access to hundreds of Spanish and Ibero-American movies and documentaries. It is classified by subjects and covers themes including Environment, Social Sciences, Language and Literature, Arts, and Social Justice.

To access to the trial click this link

Please send comments to Cindy Badilla-Melendez, Head of the Music & Media Collections.