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Library of The College of St. Scholastica: Home

Welcome to the CSS Library. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Library open to CSS community only

NOTICE:  Due to rising rates of COVID-19 in our community, the CSS library is closed to community members & area students.
The Library is only open for use by CSS students, faculty, and staff.

Welcome to the Library

    Old Sol might be down to his last 4 billion years but SOLAR will just keep serving your needs. It's like Google, only better. 

Before you visit the Library ...
Due to COVID-19, there are a few changes in the Library this year. The only access to the Library is via the tunnel. The Cloister Walk between Tower Hall and the Library is closed for the safety of the Sisters. The stairwells in the Library are one-way only. The front stairwell is designated as up only, and the back stairwell as down only. Just as with classrooms and hallways, we are not allowing any food in the Library this year. Please eat your meals in the areas on campus where eating is expected. You may still bring a beverage (as long as it has a cover on it) into the Library. Thank you for your help keeping the CSS community safe!

The College of St. Scholastica Library
1200 Kenwood Avenue, Duluth, MN 55811

Library Hours

Monday:  7:45 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday:  7:45 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday:  7:45 - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday:  7:45 - 10:00 p.m.
Friday:  7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday:  10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday:  12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Library will be CLOSED Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29th. Regular hours resume Monday, November 30th.

Chat Hours
Chat with a Librarian between 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CST) weekdays. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CST) on Sundays. At other times, use our  question form on the Library's homepage. 


InterLibrary Loan Not Available

Due to an unexpected error in a software upgrade, InterLibrary Loan is not available over Thanksgiving weekend. We are hoping service will resume Monday, November 30th.

Monday Update: A  tech ticket has been submitted and and we are waiting on a solution. 

Library News

Banner of the Duluth News-Tribune

What if there was one site you could visit that would give same day access to the Duluth New-Tribune & the St. Paul Pioneer Press, as well as links to hometown papers around the state of Minnesota?

And what about access to national newspapers? And maybe 2,500 international news sources in English language translations?

And since this is a wish list, how about historical newspapers dating back to the 1800? And, hey why not, maybe 6,500 full-text American magazines from the Colonial Era through Reconstruction?

Yes, Virginia. There is a Santa Claus. And Virginia, there is one place where all the above comes true, too – the CSS Library.

Visit our just published newspaper guide.

Julie Schumacher's talk on Satire and the Campus Novel was a hit, with over 60 quests laughing out loud and perhaps some even catching a glimpse of themselves in her words!  ;) If you missed it, watch the recording here. Our thanks to Professor Schumacher and to the English Department which co-sponsored this event with the Library.

Two ravens on the South Tower of Tower Hall

The Twa Corbies

Ravens are magical birds in real life & in myth. Librarian Brad Snelling captured this image of a pair of ravens (Twa Corbies, for you Scots) taking in the sun on the South Tower. Visit our guide A Catalog of Birds to learn more about the 118 species of birds on campus, a list than began in the early 1980s with Sr. Donna Schroeder and her biology students.

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