The Library is in the upper floors of Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, built in 1938 on the eve of World War II, in the Romanesque architectural style.
The Library was originally on the first floor with the Chapel above. A major renovation occurred in 1986 where the Chapel and the Library exchanged places. The tall ceilings of the Chapel were divided into three floors.
It is very intentional that the chapel and library share a building. As Sister Joan Braun is quoted as saying at the Library’s renovation dedication on September 25, 1986, “Medieval libraries were housed near the Church; St. Scholastica's library is now housed above the place of worship. I would like to suggest to you that this location has a rational relationship as well as a symbolic one. In the library, we seek knowledge; in the chapel we seek wisdom which builds on knowledge.”
The first floor of the Library has the circulation and reference desks and is for group study with research resources and public access computer terminals.
The second and third floors are quiet study floors and house the majority of the books.
Our unique Library retains much of its original old-world craftsmanship after the renovation. Marble pillars, leather studded doors, embossed ceilings, exposed wooden beams, and stained-glass windows made by Emil Frei, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri can be seen throughout the Library.