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Joint Libraries and Media
Alcuin Library (SJU) 320::363-2122
Clemens Library (CSB) 320::363-5611
Michael D. Kathman, Director

What types of resources are available in the Libraries?
Professional reference staff members are available to assist students with all their information needs. A walk-in and online service, via the major instant messenger services (AIM, MSN, and Yahoo! Messenger) is available during regular hours for students needing immediate attention; for more help with in-depth needs, a reference librarian is available by appointment for one-on-one assistance. While all librarians provide general guidance in all subjects, each librarian possesses an in-depth knowledge of one or more subject areas that can be tapped by students working on complex research topics.

The print collection of the Joint Libraries and Media are one of the largest collections in Minnesota’s private colleges, numbering over 700,000 items. The media collection of over 35,000 items contains a variety of holdings in several formats including video, laser disk, film, audiotape, LP, CD and DVD. Our online catalog (MnPALS) provides access to these collections as well as the collections of some 70 additional libraries in Minnesota. Items not owned by the Joint Libraries can be obtained via our Document Delivery Service from virtually any library in the world.

Last but not least, we provide full access to materials on the Internet/World Wide Web (via our home page:, as well as an increasing array of electronic materials, including electronic books, databases, journal indices, and approximately 16,000 electronic journals. All electronic and printed information is accessible in both libraries; in addition, all of our electronic resources are available at any of the nearly 1,200 computers on our campus computer network. (See Information and Technology Services.) Most of our electronic information is available to students and staff with a valid college or university account from any place in the world, through our proxy server.

What hours are the Libraries open?

Both Library buildings are open:

Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - midnight
Friday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am - midnight

Reference walk-in and instant messenger service hours are:

Monday – Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm & 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm & 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm & 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

How are First-Year Students introduced to the Libraries?
In conjunction with the First-year Symposium, first-year students spend at least two class sessions in the library or computer lab with a Reference librarian. Typically, the fall sessions consist of an orientation and tour of the libraries, plus an overview of the library website and our online databases. The spring sessions coincide with the research paper assignments in First-year Symposium classes and are tailored to the student’s choice of topic. Students learn to access relevant, scholarly materials from a variety of sources.

Additional assistance is available at the reference desk and through workshops, classes, etc., are taught by librarians on a variety of subjects and in many upper division courses.

What other services are available?
For complete information on the services and policies of the joint libraries, please visit our World Wide Web site at or call the SJU Alcuin Library at 320:363-2122 or the CSB Clemens Library 320:363-5611.