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About The College of St. Scholastica Library: Welcome

Contact information, hours, mission, faculty & staff directory, directions to, and policies.

Welcome to the CSS Library

McGrew, Kevin - Director of the Library
     MA, MEd | Assistant Professor | School of Sciences
     218-723-6198 | kmcgrew@css.edu | LIB 1070
     Policies, procedures, daily operations, concerns, all other inquiries


Hoelter, Laura - Catalog/Systems Librarian
     MLS, MA | Assistant Professor | School of Education & Social Work
     218.723.6141 | lhoelter@css.edu | LIB 2100
     Cataloging, cooperative library systems


Johnson, Heidi - Instruction Librarian and College Archivist
     MLIS, MA | Assistant Professor | School of Nursing
     218.723.6488 | hjohnso2@css.edu | LIB1010
     Instruction, archives, research assistance


Rustad, Julie - Access Services & Distance Education Librarian
     MLIS | Assistant Professor | School of Business & Technology
     218.723.6535 | jrustad@css.edu
    Circulation, copyright, library student worker supervisor, distance students & faculty, research assistance


Snelling, Brad - Periodicals/Collection Development Librarian
     
MLS, MA | Assistant Professor | School of Health Sciences
     218.723.6644 | bsnellin@css.edu | LIB 1020
     Periodicals, collection development, research assistance, interlibrary loan


Walkowiak, Julie, BA - Acquisitions/Access Services Associate
     218.723.6649 | jwalkowi@css.edu | LIB 2100
     Purchasing, receiving & billing


White, Todd- Reference & Electronic Resources Librarian
     MLIS | Assistant Professor | School of Arts & Letters
     218.723.6473 | twhite@css.edu | LIB 1060
     Research assistance, Library web page, databases


Mission
The College of St. Scholastica Library is vital to scholarship and a sense of community for all students, faculty and staff. As both a physical and virtual space, it serves the Mission of the College by providing instruction, services, and access to resources that support the teaching mission of the College and foster independent intellectual inquiry. The Library supplements and enhances course-related instruction, providing a bridge to the kind of independent learning and critical thinking skills graduates will rely upon in their future personal and professional lives.

Vision
As a vital part of the academic community the College of St. Scholastica Library will play a central role in the realization of the College's vision. It will strive to preserve, disseminate and instruct in the retrieval and use of knowledge in order to provide faculty, staff and students with the framework to realize the College's and Library's missions.

The College of St. Scholastica Library's mission is first to support the College's curriculum and to provide resources to CSS students, faculty and staff but welcomes visitors and local users. Hours are posted on the Library's homepage.

All non-CSS borrowers are required to apply for a special borrower's card at the Library's main desk. Proof of identification such as a driver's license, student ID card, etc. is required.


Books can be checked out for four weeks, with a limit of two books at any given time. Only area college faculty are able to check out audio visual materials. Other items excluded from circulation include laptop computers, reference books, periodicals, course reserves, and masters thesis and projects.

Public computers are available for access to the Internet in order to use the catalog and databases to find books and articles for research.

The Library is connected to Tower Hall and is on the second floor directly above the Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel. When coming in the main entrance from College St. and Kenwood Ave., go to the left between Somers Hall and the Science Center. You will see the Chapel with its grand stained glass window. There are visitor parking spots in front of the Chapel.

Please Note: Permits for the visitor parking spaces are required. More information is available here.

 

Maps and Directions to Campus

1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811-4199
Phone: 800-447-5444

GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 46:48:40.536N
Longitude: 92:09:52.243W

From I-35 or South Highway 53:
Follow I-35 north to 21st Avenue East exit. Follow 21st Avenue East to Woodland Avenue. Turn right onto Woodland Avenue and follow it three blocks to College Street. Turn left onto College Street and follow it to The College of St. Scholastica.

From North Highway 53:
Follow Highway 53 south to Arrowhead Road. Turn left onto Arrowhead Road. Follow Arrowhead Road to Kenwood Avenue. Turn right onto Kenwood Avenue and follow it to The College of St. Scholastica.

From Highway 61:
Follow Highway 61 south to 21st Avenue East. Turn right to 21st Avenue East to Woodland Avenue. Turn right onto Woodland Avenue and follow it three blocks to College Street. Turn left onto College Street and follow it to The College of St. Scholastica.

From Duluth International Airport
Follow the Airport Exit to Haines Road. Take a right onto Haines Road. Follow Haines Road to West Arrowhead Road. Turn left onto West Arrowhead Road. Follow Arrowhead Road to Kenwood Avenue. Turn right onto Kenwood Avenue and follow it to The College of St. Scholastica.

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.

Library Cutaway Image

It is very intentional that the chapel and library share a building. As Sister Joan Braun, former College President & Librarian, 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.