The St. Ambrose University Library provides the environment, resources, and services to support teaching, learning, and personal growth of the SAU community.
Regular Operating Hours
Monday through Thursday – 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday – 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday – 1-5 p.m.
Sunday – 1-10 p.m.
Use Your SAU Library
Ask A Librarian!
Librarians are phenomenal researchers and available to answer your questions as well as help you conduct research, search databases, cite sources, and more.
Contact them in-person, by phone at 563-333-6245, via email, and by text, chat, and Webex video conferencing.
Search for References
- Library Central – Find books, articles, and more from the SAU Library as well as a wide range of online sources.
- SAU Ebooks – Electronic and audio books available through EBSCOhost.
- Electronic Reference Materials – Use these sources to begin your research. Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and more.
- WorldCat – WorldCat connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.
- Journals and Databases – Listing of journals and databases (A-Z Databases page)
Circulation and Borrowing
You can check out (borrow) and return library books, DVDs, CDs, etc. at the Circulation Desk. For assistance, contact the Circulation Supervisor at 333-6246.
Looking for something that's not in the St. Ambrose Library collection? We can still help with that. Interlibrary loan allows you to request books or articles from other locations. Access the interlibrary loan system with your SAU Network ID.
The Library provides access to Course Reserve materials in print format. Professors who put books, DVDs, practice tests, etc on reserve indicate those items on the syllabus. Reserves are located at the Circulation Desk, and may be checked out with a valid SAU BeeCard. For more information about Course Reserves, please call 333-6246.
Librarians are available to provide library research workshops tailored to the specific needs of any class.
The research workshop area located on the main floor of the library has a projector for demonstrations and multiple computers for hands-on exploration of networked databases. Request a research workshop by clicking here.
Individual Library tours can be arranged by calling the Reference Desk at 333-6245.
Group and 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. Group study rooms have 32" monitors that can be connected to a personal laptop to practice presentations. Study rooms cannot be reserved in advance and are only available for students, faculty, and staff.
Contact Julie Dobek, Administrative Assistant at 563-333-6463, to make reservations for university activities and events in the Library Media Room and Conference Room. The rooms cannot be reserved by individuals or groups not currently enrolled or employed by SAU.
Center for Instructional Design & Technology
Information Technology Department
Information Literacy Classroom/Media Program Room
Individual study rooms
Media Services Department and IDEA Lab
Older periodicals and journals
Microfilm collection & scanner
Children's literature collection
Current periodicals and journals
Leisure reading collection
Entertainment DVD collection
Technical Services Department
Interlibrary Loan Department
Reference book collection
Faculty media collection
"New Books" shelf
Circulating book collection (A-L)
Quiet study area
Archives & Special Collections (see below)
Circulating book collection (M-Z)
Library conference room
Group study rooms
Archives and Special Collections are located on the third floor of the library. Appointments are preferred. Please email the Archivist Onnica Marquez or call 563-333-5868.
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 specifically about St. Ambrose which include:
- University Publications
- And so much more!
The Special Collections division of the Library collects, preserves, and makes available unique materials. Items in Special Collections include:
- Book Arts
- Books about Saint Ambrose, his legacy, and his contemporaries
- Publications about St. Ambrose (the institution) and historical figures
- Publications written by Ambrosians (faculty, staff, students, and alumni)
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
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
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)
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.
Luke Beatty, Library Director
Hannah Carlton, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Olivia Davison, Head of Media Services
Julie Dobek, Administrative Assistant
Joyce Haack, Interlibrary Loan/Acquisitions
Stella Herzig, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Onnica Marquez, Archivist
Brandi Russell, Circulation Supervisor
Julia Salting, Asst. Library Director
Elizabeth Kunze Sanders, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Malavika Shrikhande, Cataloging Assistant
Luke Beatty, Director
St. Ambrose University Library
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