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Find Love at the Library

Are you ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day, library-style?!

It seems that love is in the air everywhere you look this week, including at UST Libraries! Stop by this week to join us in these heart-felt (pun intended!) celebrations:

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Have you ever been on a blind date with a book? Stop by this week to try it out…titles are wrapped up so you won’t know what you’re getting, but isn’t that the fun of finding a new book?

All titles have been hand-picked by library staff. Happy Reading!

All Week, OSF Rotunda Reference Desk


Therapy Pets

Who doesn’t love a good snuggle with the ever-popular UST Libraries Therapy Pets?

This time, the dogs and bunnies will have some Valentine’s swag with them just perfect for you to take a snuggly selfie with you and your friends!    #ustlibfindlove

Thursday, Feb. 11, 6-8pm in the OSF Rotunda

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, News & Events, Services

Do you Summon?

Hi Students! As your research is gearing up this semester, we have a question for you:

Do you Summon?

Summon is a Google-like search tool here at UST Libraries, and you can use it just like you’d use Google…Go ahead and search our databases, book catalog, video collection, and more – all at once!

We know your professors ask you to find specific types of resources for assignments.  With Summon, you can easily filter for peer-reviewed articles, items published in a particular time range, and more.  Even better, it automatically refers you to a relevant UST librarian if you need more help!

Watch the short video below for more great tips and hints about using Summon, and (as always), Happy Searching!

Archbishop Ireland Library, News & Events, Theological Libraries Month, Theology

October is Theological Libraries Month!

October is a special month. Yes, the leaves are falling, the wind is blowing, and the children look forward to a late-night sugar high come the 31st, but there’s something more…

October is Theological Libraries Month!


Please, come celebrate with us, and bring your friends!  Here’s two ways we can suggest:

  1. Need a study break? Why don’t you take some time to play in our stacks making book spine poetry? Spend a few minutes looking for some of our more curious titles and stack them together. Whether silly, serious, romantic, or moody, take a picture of your pile and share on our Facebook page or Twitter with the tag #bookspinepoetry.Print
  2. Studying outside in the last warm days of 2014, or are you already curled up by the fireside? A theological library is nothing without its patrons, and we’d love to see you and your current read! Take a selfie with your book wherever you like to curl up and share it with #ireadeverywhere.


And, of course, whether you’re reading or writing, a theologian or an entrepreneur, come on in and visit us this October!

Happy Theological Libraries’ Month everyone!

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

Therapy Dogs and Bunnies at the Library!

Hear ye, hear ye!  The ever-popular Therapy Pets will be in the OSF Library rotunda

6-8pm on Wednesday, September 24th!

We’re nearly a month into the semester, and that back-to-school energy is starting to wane.  But have no fear: the library is here!

Take a break from your paper to give a friendly dog a pat or watch a few hops from a fluffy (and amazingly talented) agility bunny.*

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They are sure to bring to a smile back to your face and bounce back to your own step as you remember a fluffy loved one at home.  Bring your friends, roommates, and cameras and be ready for a fun time!

Tweet at #ustlibpets; we can’t wait to see your pics.

As always, remember that library staff are available to assist you find any help or information you need!


*Curious about agility bunnies?  These fun rabbits are from a group that is determined to beat out cats in the cute video department. Check this short clip out  to see more about the “Rabbit Revolution” –  it stars several of “our” bunnies!

Archbishop Ireland Library, News & Events

Where are you going with books?

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

Library Week, News & Events

Coming Soon: Storytime at OSF Library!


Wednesday, April 9th – 10-11:00am

on the front patio (weather permitting)

or the Leather Room – 1st floor, OSF Library

Children of all ages – and those who are young at heart! – are welcome to help us kick off an early preview to National Library Week with springtime stories, songs, and fun.

Classes from UST’s Child Development Center will join us in a joint celebration of National Week of the Young Child and National Library Week.

National Week of the Young Child is from April 6-13, 2014.

National Library Week is April 13-20.  Get a sneak preview of all the fun in store at UST Libraries next week on our National Library Week webpage.

Archbishop Ireland Library, Library Week, News & Events

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

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

Therapy Pets Return for Study Monday

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The ever-popular Therapy Pets (dogs, bunnies, and new this time – a Guinea pig!) will be in the OSF Library rotunda

6-8pm on Monday, December 16th.

Is a little snuggle from a friendly dog just what you need to rejuvenate your studying?

Would watching a few hops from a fluffy (and amazingly talented) bunny give you enough of a boost of energy to power you through finishing that page of APA citations?

You’re in luck!  Everyone is welcome to take a few moments’ break from the stress of finals, receive some fluffy encouragement, and spend time with other animal lovers before heading back to work.

As always, remember that library staff are available to assist you find any information you need to complete your work.  Please don’t hesitate to ask!

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

Stress Free Zone @ UST Libraries

Is studying for finals getting you down?  Stress Free Zone

From Monday-Friday of this week, stop by the library’s Stress Free Zone, located in the Leather Room (#108), to enjoy a break from your studies. Puzzles, games, coloring, and other stress-reducing activities will be available, along with healthy study and finals stress management tips.

The ever-popular Therapy Pets, both dogs and bunnies, will also be returning to the OSF library rotunda from 6-8pm on Study Monday, 12/16.  Check this blog and the UST Libraries Facebook page for more information.

Remember: studies show that taking regular breaks can help concentration and increase productivity, especially if you let yourself relax during the break.

Amidst all of the stress, we hope you get a chance to relax this week, and as always, let any library staff know if there is something we can do to help you finish your work!

Archbishop Ireland Library, Kudos, News & Events, Theological Libraries Month

Book Spine Poetry Grand Prize Winner!

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.