Library Services

Reference Help

Librarians are 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.

Circulation and Borrowing

You can check out and return library resources at the Circulation Desk. For assistance contact Brandi Russell, Circulation Supervisor, 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.

Interlibrary Loan

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.

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. Request a research workshop by clicking here.

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 32" monitors 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 and are only available for students, faculty, and staff.

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

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For Students/Faculty/Staff

With the exception of computers, all SAU Library equipment is for SAU students, faculty, and staff only. There are several designated computers for public use that, if available, the general public may use. Public use is restricted to one hour.

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.


Julia Salting, Interim Director

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

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