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Online Tour for Clemens Library

Stop 1: Introduction to Clemens Library

Welcome to our online tour for Clemens Library.

During this tour we’ll guide you through eleven different stops in the library and tell you about some of the resources and services you’ll want to make use of here at CSB/SJU. First, we’ll give you a little background on the library building. Then we’ll go over how to find books and journal articles, where to go to check out materials, and how to set up a meeting with a librarian for research help. Please ask for help at the circulation desk if you have any questions during the tour. Please pick up a map of Clemens Library at the Circulation Desk. Stops of the tour are on the back. The CSB/SJU Libraries’ main collection is divided between two separate buildings: The College of Saint Benedict’s Clemens Library and St. John’s University’s Alcuin Library and Learning Commons. Both libraries provide very similar services:

  • The hours are the same at both places.
  • Check-out periods, fines, and other circulation rules are the same at both libraries.
  • The same online resources are available for students at both campuses through our library website.
  • And librarians are available at both Alcuin and Clemens! If you ever have a question please do not hesitate to ask for help!

Clemens Library was built in 1986, and was named after major donors Bill and Virginia Clemens. (The old library used to be in the Main Building.) The library building was designed by Warner, Burns, Toan, and Lunde of New York, and the key components of the design were simplicity, function, and plenty of space. It is the main focal point and center of the campus, and you’ll also notice that it’s conveniently connected to the Gorecki Dining Center.

Here are a couple of things to notice as you look around the library building.

The fireplace lounge was designed to harken back to the fireplaces in the former library in the Main Building’s Teresa Reception Center. Marton Varo's statue Breaking Free IV was installed in the library in 2013.

One of the special features of Clemens Library is the bell tower. The inspiration and design for the tower came from the Benedictine Convent in Eichstatt, the Bavarian Mother House from whence the Benedictine Sisters in St. Joseph had come. The stained glass windows of the bell tower originally graced the Sacred Heart Chapel before its 1983 remodeling.

Your next stop is the circulation desk!

Stop 2: Circulation Desk

The Circulation Desk is where you can go to ask general questions and check out books, DVDs, interlibrary loan materials, course reserves, and media equipment. We have fantastic student employees in circulation and they are very helpful!

You can check out and renew items with your student ID, which works as your library card. You can keep library books for 28 days, and then you have an overdue grace period of 9 days. If you don’t return a book by the 10th day after it’s due, you’ll be charged $10. You can borrow DVDs for 24 hours, and the late fee is $1 per DVD per day. There isn’t a grace period for DVDs, so return them on time!

If you check something out at Clemens, it’s okay if you return it to Alcuin, and vice versa. We’ll deliver things back to where they belong.

Because of our two-campus system, the library provides Intercampus Delivery services between Alcuin and Clemens. So, if there’s a book at Alcuin that you need but you won’t be heading to SJU soon, you can place an Intercampus Delivery request online and have the book delivered to the Clemens circulation desk. We also deliver books from Clemens to Alcuin.

We also provide ILL (or Interlibrary Loan) services. Even with over 500,000 books and more than one million articles available in the CSB/SJU Libraries collection, we still may not have exactly what you need for your research. The ILL system lets us borrow books and articles for you from other libraries. If you put in an ILL request we’ll send you an email when your item arrives and you can pick it up at Alcuin Library (if you’re a Johnnie) or Clemens Library (if you’re a Bennie). This is a free service for students.

Sometimes instructors put materials on Course Reserve so everyone in the class can access a particular reading or movie. You can check out these Course Reserves from the circulation desk. Course Reserves can usually only be checked out for two to four hours and cannot leave the library.

Please note that Alcuin Library is closed for renovations until Spring 2017. Until Alcuin reopens, you will need to go to Sexton 200 to pick up materials like Interlibrary Loan (ILL) items or Course Reserves.

Need help with your research project? Find out how librarians can help you.

Stop 3: Research Help Area

Our research librarians can help you find the best scholarly articles and books to answer your research questions. Librarians will help you organize your thoughts and focus your questions as well. FYS sections and academic departments are matched with librarians to help with library and research use.

Our librarians staff the Clemens Research Help Desk between 11am and 4:30pm, plus evening and weekend hours. If you don’t see a librarian sitting under the “Research Help” sign next to the circulation area, just ask one of our student employees to direct you to a librarian’s office.

If you’d like to schedule a research appointment with one of our librarians, you can do that by filling out the Research Appointment Form on the library homepage.

Need a place to study? Learn about our Group Study Rooms next.

Stop 4: Group Study Rooms

Clemens Library has five group study rooms for students to use. You can reserve a room online from the library’s homepage or ask for help at the circulation desk.

Did you know we have Artist Books as well as Special Collections available at Clemens Library? Learn more next.

Stop 5: Special Collections

The Special Collections at CSB contain rare and valuable books in a number of different disciplines as well as poetry from the CSB Literary Arts Institute, titles by well-known book artists, and more. Please contact librarian David Malone if you are interested in exploring these collections.

Need to scan a document, email it, or print it out? Learn how to do that next!

Stop 6: Scanner and Printers

Behind the clock you’ll see a small alcove for our scanner. You can use the scanner to scan pages and email them to yourself as a PDF. We have instructions posted next to the scanner, but our circulation student employees are happy to show you how to use it too!

Outside the alcove you will notice a few computers available to use. The side that has only two computers is for public use – you do not need a CSB/SJU student ID and password to log in. You can check your email and search the Internet on these computers, but you won’t have access to your M:Drive or any Microsoft Office products. If you print from these computers the document will go to the circulation desk printer and will cost 20 cents per page to print. The other five computers are only available to those who have a CSB/SJU student ID and password. You will have access to your M:Drive, Microsoft Office products, and academic software. If you print from these computers your document will go to the printers in the Clemens Computer Center, and your student account will be charged.

Need a journal article or perhaps want to read the latest news? Then our next stop is just for you: the Current Periodicals shelves!

Stop 7: Current Periodicals

Most of our periodicals – our magazines, newspapers, and journals – are available online through the Libraries’ databases, but we still have a print periodical collection too. We keep the most recent print copies of a publication (usually from the past year or so) in the white shelves past the circulation desk and on your left as you walk over to Gorecki. Publications are arranged alphabetically by title. We display the most recent issue, and older issues can be found be lifting up the display shelf. Print periodicals that are more than a year old can be found further along on your right, on the shelves in the mezzanine area on your walk toward Gorecki.

Check with a librarian if you want to read something from a magazine or journal that you don’t see in the print periodical collection.

Our next stop is our general book collection in the North Book Stacks – let’s head there now!

Stop 8: General Collection

The shelves of books in this area are the Libraries’ General Collection. How are the books arranged? We use the Library of Congress classification system, which is a different system than that used by most high school or public libraries. In our collection, very book is given a unique call number that starts with a letter from A-Z, and books are grouped according to their main subject or topic. For example, books on religion are in the B’s, political science is in the J’s, literature is in the P’s, and science is in the Q’s. Just remember that when you find a good book on your topic you can browse nearby to find other books that might be useful.

Keep walking through the alphabet, past the Z call numbers, to find the Oversize and Juvenile Collections.

Stop 9: Oversize and Juvenile Collections

Past our General Collection, we have a couple of separate collections that you should be aware of. Our Oversize Collection are the books that are just too big to fit on our regular shelves. And our Juvenile Collection holds children’s and young adult books for our Education majors and for students looking for something fun to read. Walk through Clemens Computer Lab for our next stop.

Stop 10: Computer Lab

The Clemens computer lab is a great place to study, get your work done, and pick up your print jobs. In the computer lab, you’ll also see the Training Center. This is an instruction space, and you may have a library instruction session here later in the semester. Most of the Information Technology Services staff are in Lottie Hall, but they have a student assistance desk and the Connection Room in the Clemens Computer Lab in case you run into technological problems.

Our final stop is the Media Services Creative Lab.

Stop 11: Media Services Creative Lab

Our media services staff can help you with audio video and multi-media projects and can show you how to use specialized software and equipment. Everything from 3D printers, video cameras, editing software, digital audio recorders, microphones and lighting kits are available for check out or for training. Media services also works with a wide variety of student groups including Johnnie/Bennie Media, Extending the Link and others. The Creative Lab is available to anyone working on any type of media project. So make sure to stop by the Creative Lab after the tour to explore these options further.

Stop 12: Conclusion

This concludes the tour. Our librarians are here to help you succeed, so we hope that you’ll come to us whenever you’d like some help with research assignments. We hope you’ll also take time to explore the building and the library website further. Since Alcuin Library is closed until Spring 2017, remember to go to Sexton 200 if you are at SJU and need Interlibrary Loan materials, Course Reserves, or other library resources.

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