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Library of The College of St. Scholastica: Books

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Feles bibliothecia

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Our catalog is named after Scholaticat, the legendary monastic feline (feles bibliothecia - the "cat of the library"). Stop by the Library and pick up a Scholasticat tee-shirt today.

Special collections

Getting started with books

The printed book created the modern world. For your research, they provide you with the depth to explore a topic at length - neither the overview of an encyclopedia nor the tight focus of a journal article. 

Borrowing books from other libraries

People still speak of the Internet "freeing" information. But not everything a futurist dreams comes to fruition. Copyright law restricts the lending of ebooks. However, libraries have hundreds of years of history of lending printed books, and we still do it today. As a CSS student you have access to almost every library in the state. If you can give us a week, we can open the door for you to over 5 million printed books.

Find books the old-fashioned way

Use our Library Browser to browse selected books, reference books, children's books, and DVDs added to our collection.

The Big Red Books Gone Digital

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) has been actively maintained since 1898 to catalog materials held at the Library of Congress.

Books in the public domain

As a rule, any book published before the 1920s is not protected by copyright and has moved into the public domain. Various entities have developed projects to digitize these books.

Other local libraries

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service that allows you to request books, videos, and articles from other libraries.