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You can check out and return library resources, pay fines, or register your library card at the Circulation Desk. For assistance contact Bryan Hinds, Circulation Supervisor, at 333-6475.

Media Services

Media services provides a centralized inventory of campus media equipment, houses hardware and software for multimedia development, and provides assistance to students, faculty, and staff with multimedia projects. Other services include binding, laminating, scanning assistance, and electronic file conversion. For more information click here or call 333-6242.

Print Reserves

The Library provides access to Course Reserve Materials in print format. Print Reserves are held at the Circulation Desk, and may be checked out with a valid SAU ID. Electronic reserve readings are password protected materials available through Blackboard on any computer with Internet access. For more information on Print Reserves please call 333-6246. Access electronic reserve readings on Blackboard

Library Instruction & Tours

Librarians are available to provide library instruction tailored to the specific needs of any class. A Bibliographic Instruction area located on the main floor of the library has multiple workstations and a projection system for hands-on exploration of networked databases in a classroom setting. Individual Library tours can be arranged by calling the Reference Desk at 333-6245. To submit an electronic request for an instruction workshop, click here.

Interlibrary Loan

The SAU Library offers Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services so that patrons may acquire materials the Library does not own. In some instances there may be restrictions placed on the materials, (e.g. borrowed textbooks may be designated as "in-library use" only). For Interlibrary Loan information please call 333-6247. This service is available only to current SAU students, faculty, and staff. Submit an interlibrary loan request

DBA Dissertation Guidelines

Forms and Guidelines for the preparation of DBA Dissertations may be found on the Library page in the MySAU Portal.

Distance Education Services

Ask a Reference Librarian

Databases -- Search for information you won't find on Google

Interlibrary Loan

Blackboard Reserve Readings

Troubleshooting/Access Problems for Online Access/Electronic Reserves

  • Do you have Adobe Acrobat Reader loaded on your computer hard drive? You can go to to download it free.
  • Are you trying to gain access at work? Your office network may have a firewall installed for protection which prevents you from downloading .pdf forms. Check with your office computer support person.
  • How old (and fast) is your computer? It may take a long time (5+ minutes) to download a file or module depending on the age of your computer. If that is the case, you may want to click on the file, then go do something else while it loads.
  • Do you have the correct password? Passwords change every semester. To obtain the current password, call the Reference Desk at the Library at (563) 333-6245 and be prepared to verify your student status by providing the librarian with your St. Ambrose ID number
  • If all else fails.... Call the Reference Desk at the the Library at (563) 333-6245. Perhaps we can print the information you need and fax it to your home, office, or mail it to you.


BookScan Station

There are 2 BookScan Stations located on both the north and south walls of the library. They are high-speed, easy-to-use, self-service scanning kiosk for SAU Library students, faculty and staff. These touch screen scanning stations can convert book pages, documents and photos into PDF, Word, Tiff, of Jpeg files. The created files can then be sent easily to Google Docs, USB, email, or a printer.


The Kindle is available for checkout to SAU faculty, staff, and students only. There are currently 5 titles loaded on the Kindle. It can be checked out for a three-week time period. For further information call 333-6246.

Laptop Computers & CD Players

With a valid SAU ID students may check out laptop computers, headphones, and audio compact disc players for use anywhere within the library. For further information please call 333-6246. The Library offers wireless internet access for those with their own laptops.

Microform Reader/Printer

A microform reader/printer is located on the first floor on the north side.


SAU students, staff and faculty have primary use of the computers in the library. There are several designated computers for public use that, if available, the general public may use. Public use is restricted to one (1) session of one (1) hour.

Group & Individual Study Rooms

The library has 6 group study rooms on the 3rd floor and 4 individual study rooms on the lower level all available on a first come first serve basis. All study rooms have TV/VCR/DVD players and white boards. Group study rooms 3 & 4 each have a 32" LCD display with available connections to a computer. Study rooms can be checked out at the library circulation desk when presenting a valid SAU ID. Study rooms may not be reserved in advance.

Room Reservations

Contact Julie Dobek to make reservations for university activities and events in the Library Media Room and Conference Room.

Julie Dobek
Administrative Assistant

Fun Stuff

Entertainment DVDs

Available for a 3-day checkout to SAU students, faculty, and staff only. Titles include popular and recently released movies.

Leisure Reading

Available for check out to St. Ambrose faculty, staff, and students only. It is a collection of popular leisure reading that may be checked out for three weeks. Library staff add new titles to the collection on a monthly basis. The collection is located in a bookcase behind the Library Information Desk on first floor.