SAU Library

A positive influence in the Quad Cities and global library community

The St. Ambrose University Library selects, organizes, and maintains print and electronic resources that support the curriculum and information needs of our campus community.

We contribute to the educational mission of St. Ambrose University by teaching library use and strategies for independent learning and providing an environment that encourages study, intellectual and cultural endeavors, and personal growth.

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Regular Operating Hours

Regular Operating Hours (beginning Aug. 23)
Monday through Thursday – 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday – 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday – 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday – 1-10 p.m.


Labor Day
Sept. 4-5, CLOSED
Sept. 6, 6-10 p.m.

Nov. 23, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 24-27, CLOSED
Nov. 28, Noon - 10 p.m.

Pre-Finals & Finals week – Extended Hours
Dec. 11, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Dec. 12, 1 p.m. - Midnight
Dec. 13-14, 7:45 a.m. - Midnight

Christmas/New Year
Dec. 23, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 24-Jan. 2, CLOSED

Library Public Health Protocols

  • Only SAU students, faculty, and staff with active BeeCards are able to enter the building.
  • Study rooms are available for Fall 2021.
  • Students are advised to bring their own personal earbuds/headphones to watch or listen to course material delivered in various media formats. Full participation in Webex courses – including speaking – is allowed in the Library.
  • Masks are required in the Library in accordance with university policy for indoor public spaces.

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Do your research

We offer research assistance, library services and collections in LibGuides.

The Hot Topics Guide is a selection of guides on popular topics with authoritative sources to help students gather excellent information for their papers and projects.

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Inside (and outside) the Library

Find Books

Library Central

Find books, articles and more from the SAU Library as well as a wide range of online sources.

SAU e-books

Electronic and audio books available through EBSCOhost.

Electronic Reference Materials

Use these sources to begin your research. Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and more.


WorldCat connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.

Find Journals and Articles

The SAU Library provides access to thousands of online articles and hundreds of printed journals.

In general, all journals from the last 10 years are on the first floor; earlier years are on the Lower Level. A list of the journals and database links is on the A-Z Databases page. You can also do a search for online articles, books, and more at Library Central.

For questions or help in finding information in journals or articles, consult a reference librarian.

Archives and Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections are located on the third floor of the library. Appointments are preferred. Please contact the Archivist, Onnica Marquez at or 563-333-5868.

University Archives

The mission of the St. Ambrose University Archives is to preserve, arrange, describe, and make accessible historically significant documents and other materials which reflect the University's origins and development, and the activities and achievements of its officers, faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Materials in the Archives are produced by, or are specifically about, St. Ambrose. Items in the Archives include:

  • Artifacts
  • Photographs
  • Documents
  • Yearbooks
  • Catalogs
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • University Publications
  • Theses
  • And so much more!

Special Collections

The Special Collections division of the Library collects, preserves, and makes available unique materials. Items in Special Collections include:

  • Book Arts
  • Books about St. Ambrose (the saint), his legacy and his contemporaries
  • Publications about St. Ambrose (the institution) and historical figures
  • Publications written by Ambrosians (faculty, staff, students, and alumni)
St. Ambrose University Digital Collections

The St. Ambrose University Digital Collections features digital materials from the St. Ambrose University Archives.

Irish Collections

McCaffrey Irish History Collection

A gift from Dr. Lawrence J. McCaffrey to St. Ambrose University
The St. Ambrose University Library's collection of books and materials on Ireland, the Irish peoples and the Irish in America has been significantly enhanced by the generous gift of Dr. Lawrence J. McCaffrey '49. The following pages list the titles, authors, and call numbers of the books placed in our collection, as well as the many unusual and interesting article reprints which are kept in our Special Collections area.

BOOKS List of books added to St. Ambrose University Library's circulating collection.
ADDITIONAL BOOKS added in 2009
ARTICLE REPRINTS List of items placed in St. Ambrose University Library Special Collections.    

The Timothy Walch Collection of Irish and Catholic Americana

A gift from Dr. Timothy Walch to St. Ambrose University
Dr. Timothy Walch, retired Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa, has donated his private collection of Irish and Catholic Americana books to the Library at St. Ambrose University. The collection includes books on Irish artists, biographies of Irish figures, novels, and Irish American culture. The donation is being provided over a three year span beginning in 2005, with approximately 600 books being received each year. The books join the Lawrence McCaffrey Irish History collection at the Library to comprise one of the largest Irish Studies collections in the region. The following documents list the titles, authors, and call numbers of the books added to our collection.

V-12 Naval Training

V-12 Naval Training

Calendar of St. Ambrose College in the War Time, 1943
"Anchors Aweigh at Ambrose," by John Willard, Quad City Times, 7-17-01
"The Navy at St. Ambrose College," Bees & Burr Oaks by Fr. Anthony Farrell

Excerpts from The Navy V-12 Program by James G. Schnieder,1987

"The Physical Training Program", pp. 175-177
"The Program At St. Ambrose College," p. 476  

Photographs Pertaining to the V-12 Naval Training Program

Class of 1944, V-12 Naval Training Program
Class of 1945, V-12 Naval Training Program (on Flickr)
V-12 Naval Training Unit, 1945
V-12 Naval Training Unit on Parade
V-12 Naval Training Unit Parade March (on Flickr)

Kenneth J. Hartman Collection of Manned Space Flight

Dr. Kenneth J. Hartman, St. Ambrose College Class of 1939, donated his private collection of books and videos on the manned space flight programs in the United States and Russia to the St. Ambrose University Library.

Hartman worked as a human factors engineer for North American Aviation, the company that built the Apollo command module that ferried men to the moon. His role was to act as liaison between the astronauts and the design engineers.

Hartman went on to work for McDonnell Douglas and as an instructor of statistics and math before retiring in Oregon. Additional information about Dr. Hartman can be found in the Library's Special Collections & Archives on the third floor.

Books in the Hartman Collection Dr. Kenneth J. Hartman Collection Of Manned Space Flight (pdf)

Faculty and Staff

Julia Salting, Interim Library Director

Hannah Carlton, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Olivia Davison, Head of Media Services
Julie Dobek, Administrative Assistant
Joyce Haack, Interlibrary Loan Assistant
Stella Herzig, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Elizabeth Kunze, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Onnica Marquez, Archivist
Brandi Russell, Circulation Supervisor
Malavika Shrikhande, Cataloging Assistant


Julia Salting, Interim Director

St. Ambrose University Library
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6246 Circulation Desk
563-333-6245 Reference Desk

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