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Circulation and Borrowing

You can check out and return library resources, pay fines, or register your library card at the Circulation Desk. For assistance contact Bryan Hinds or Brandi Swanson, Circulation Supervisors, at 333-6246.

St. Ambrose Library participates in the Iowa Open Access program, which allows any Iowa resident to access library resources. Simply bring proof of Iowa residence and a photo ID to the circulation desk to receive a community borrower card.

Acquisitions Department

Eliza Gillies, Acquisitions Assistant
563/333-6470 phone
563/333-6248 fax

Located in the Technical Services area of the library, Acquisitions assists faculty in ordering books and videos as additions to the Library's collection. CHOICE magazine is available in the Library for those looking for book reviews. CHOICE may also be accessed online.

Ways to submit book orders to the Acquisitions Department:

  1. Complete a book order form through the MySAU Portal.
  2. Complete a paper book order form – available through MySAU Portal – and send to the acquisitions office.
  3. Orders or suggestions may be sent to the appropriate liaison librarian.

The first deadline to submit book orders is near the end of the Fall semester and the second deadline is midway into the Spring semester. All faculty receive notification of deadlines.

Media Services

Media Services provides a centralized inventory of campus media equipment, houses hardware and software for multimedia development, and provides assistance with multimedia projects to SAU students, faculty, and staff only. Other services include binding, laminating, scanning assistance, and electronic file conversion.

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 SAU faculty, staff, and students 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 information call 333-6247. Access ILL through MySAU Portal or the ClioWeb Login.

Distance Education Services

Ask a Reference Librarian

Troubleshooting/Access Problems for Online Access/Electronic Reserves

  • Do you have Adobe Acrobat Reader? You can 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 send it to your home, office, or mail it to you.


BookScan Station

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

Laptop Computers

With a valid SAU ID, students may check out laptop computers for use anywhere within the library. For further information please call 333-6246.

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 session of one hour.

Group & Individual Study Rooms

The library has six group study rooms on the 3rd floor and four individual study rooms on the lower level, all of which are 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 reserved 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