Library and Archives

Friends of the Libraries

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.

About Friends

About Friends of the Libraries

The Friends of the St. Catherine University Libraries exist to support and promote the University Libraries' growth and development. Through their support of library endowments and gift funds, the Friends provide more than $26,000 annually for enriching the collections for the undergraduate and graduate programs and collections such as Women's Studies, Library and Information Science and Multi-Cultural Studies. The Friends also provide support for the development of services to meet the needs of the 21st University.

Every gift makes such a difference in the quality of the collections and services. Your new or renewing Friend membership allows you to support the Libraries' improve and diversify our collections and services. It also provides you with opportunities to meet and mingle with colleagues and friends as you participate in library and Friends' sponsored events. With each membership, the Friends can help the St. Catherine University Libraries meet the challenges of the present while anticipating and planning for the future. You can make a difference in the educational experience of our students.

Friends share two things in common:

Appreciation of the importance of libraries in strengthening the scholarly potential of the University

Commitment to the profession and those who represent the future.


Join the Friends

Join by giving to the Friends of the St. Catherine University Libraries Friends using the link below.

When you give, under Gift Designation choose Other Fund and type: Library Friend.

Following Library Friend, designate which of these funds you'd like to give to:

  • Friends of the Libraries Fund – supporting the Libraries and Archives where the need is greatest
  • Ade Bethune Fund – supporting preservation of the collection
  • Eleanor McCahill Denny Endowment – supporting the undergraduate book collection
  • Mary Farrell Endowment – supporting the children’s literature collection
  • Marie Inez Johnson, CSJ Endowment – supporting the Information Management and Library Science collections
  • Catherine Lupori Book Endowment – supporting the Women’s collection
  • MLIS Graduate Assistantship – supporting MLIS graduate assistantships
  • June Smith Endowment – supporting multicultural resources
  • Yvonne Brettner Wagner Library Endowment – supporting graduate studies resources


Friends Events

There are usually a couple Friends events throughout the year where Friends of the Libraries and current library staff gather together. Often there is a theme to the event, a speaker, or a fun author meet-and-greet before a campus event, like the recent meet-and-greet with author Shannon Gibney.

Check back for future events, or suggest one to Emily Asch (

Executive Committee

Friends of the Libraries Executive Committee

Matt Lee, President
Minitex, Reference, Outreach & Instruction Librarian

Deb Rash, Vice-President
Boston Scientific, Library and Knowledge Services

Shawn Swearingen, Secretary
Faegre, Baker, Daniels, LLP, Director of Client Technology Solutions and Knowledge Management

Emily Asch
St. Catherine University Libraries and Archives, Director

Adam Kauwenberg-Marsnik
Normandale Community College, Cataloging & Library Systems

Michele McGraw
Hennepin County Library, Information Services Manager

Amy Riegelman
University of Minnesota, Librarian for Government Information, Psychology, and Institute of Child Development

Sara Swenson
Edina Public Schools, Librarian/Media Specialist


Questions About the Friends?

Contact Library Director Emily Asch if you have questions about the St. Catherine University Libraries Friends.

Emily Asch
St. Catherine University Library
2004 Randolph Avenue, #F-10
St. Paul, MN 55105