The Libraries and Archives of St. Catherine University fosters exploration and engagement by providing opportunities -- independent and collaborative, curricular and co-curricular, formal and informal -- to discover, experiment, and create.
The Libraries and Archives collaborates in the University’s mission to develop ethical, reflective, and socially responsible leaders. We empower our community to be engaged scholars, professionals, and citizens through the cultivation of services, collections, spaces, and experiences. Building on traditional foundations of research and teaching, we facilitate innovative and emerging methods of inquiry, pedagogies, and technologies.
The staff in our Libraries and Archives includes librarians, an archivist, and other dedicated professionals who are ready to help the St. Kate's community.
If you need research help for a certain subject, or if you need someone to come talk to your class, find the librarian that specializes in your subject area.
If you're not sure who to contact, try contacting a certain department.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 651.690.6655
email@example.com | 651.690.6553
1st floor Coeur de Catherine
2004 Randolph Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Visit our Library Hours page to find hours for the library and for the Archives.
Information about checking out library materials, loan periods, and lost items (don't forget your ID!).
Want the library to order a book? Don't like what you see?
Expectations for group study room use.
Shhhh! Food is allowed in the libraries (within reason).
Your privacy and the library.
Want to have someone else pick up materials in the library on your behalf? You want to set up a proxy.
The Friends of St. Catherine University Libraries was established in 1996 to provide funds for the purchase of materials to enrich the collections of the Library and to provide materials we could not afford were it not for the Friends. Through membership contributions and additional donations, Friends provide thousands of dollars annually for purchase of new books and help support the four library endowment funds.
At St. Catherine University Libraries we know that we have friends all over the Twin Cities and across the United States. We appreciate your continuing support. For more information, contact Emily Asch, Director of Libraries.
We employ both undergraduate students and graduate students in a variety of different positions in the library.
When positions are open you can find them listed in KatieCareer, but read more about some of the positions on our Student Employment Opportunities guide.
Before St. Kate’s Library was its own place on the campus, it was at first located on the first floor of Derham Hall when the university, then a college, opened in 1905, then later moved to the basement of the Our Lady of Victory Chapel in 1924. But it wasn’t until 1960 when St. Kate’s Library had its own place built for its bountiful books, equipment, and resources to call home.
Since St. Kate’s Library’s founding along with the rest of the college, it was always growing bigger with more books for its collection and study spaces needed for students. The Rare Books and Archives rooms, as well as the book collection room, were all placed in Derham Hall after renovations in its former kitchen and basement were made to be able to hold the materials. Even though these accommodations were needed given how limited the space became in the Chapel’s basement, it’s still quite weird to think about all of the different resources being separated while looking at the library we have now with everything in one place. The first plans to build a separate building were discussed in 1950, and construction finally began in 1959-1960 academic year.
The librarians at the time designed the interior layout, which would include the space to hold 300,000 volumes, seat 500 students, as well as having a library science department room, a rare book room, an archives room, a listening room for records and tapes, a viewing room, a typing room, and a photocopy room. The architectural firm Lang and Raugland used Mankato stone to go along with the simple-colored yet modern aura the college gave off, and the construction contract was given to Rauenhorst Construction Company of Minneapolis to build the new library.
When construction was completed, students, faculty, and staff were given the task to help move all of the books from the Chapel’s basement to the new building in what was called “Operation Booklift”, which took place on October 11th, 1960. This was also the day the old location officially closed. Those who participated in Operation Booklift were rewarded with brownies by the librarians the next day for their hard work and dedication to helping the new library building get ready for its grand opening. On October 13th, 1960, the new St. Kate’s Library was officially open to the college community with excitement and promise for a bright future of reading, studying, and learning.
St. Kate’s Library looks very different compared to the way it looked back in 1960, with the changes of looking like a sterile hospital to a welcoming environment completed with carpet, more comfy furniture, and better use of space, as well as being joined with St. Joseph’s Hall, and later the Coeur de Catherine’s during its construction in 2004. But the new building created a new beginning for a college library that was always getting cramped in the small spaces they were given, and for students, faculty, and staff to go to a fun place to excel in the St. Kate’s community.
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