About our Library Services
Rocket Electronic Book
These electronic books are available for checkout to SAU faculty, staff,
and students only. Readers can view entire books on these hand-held
electronic devices. There are currently 27 titles loaded on the
Rocket e-book and 5 on the Kindle. They 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.
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. To access electronic
reserve readings on Blackboard, click here.
Photocopy Machines & Microform Reader/Printer
The library provides three
photocopy machines for public use at a cost of ten cents per page.
Programmable copy cards may be purchased allowing for a discounted
price per printed page as well as high volume printing. Three
microform reader/printers are located on the first floor on the
With a valid SAU ID card, a
current SAU student may use one of six Group Study Rooms on the
third level or one of four Individual Study Rooms on the lower level
within the Library. Video viewing stations can be found in
three of the individual study rooms. Rooms are assigned on a
first-come, first-served basis. For more information on
using a Study Room call 333-6246.
The Library provides a CCTV
MagnaReader in the first floor Periodicals Area for patrons with
visual impairments. Items can be magnified up to 70x in either
color or black and white.
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,
Virtual Reference Desk
The Virtual Reference Desk
allows members of the St. Ambrose Community to ask questions via
email. Responses to e-mail questions are returned via email
unless a phone call is requested. Due to the volume of
questions received, this service is limited to the SAU community.
To submit a question, click
may also be submitted via Meebo chat by clicking on the link on the
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 333-6467. This service is
available to current SAU students, faculty, and staff only.
To submit an interlibrary loan request,
All computers in the
Library offer access to the Internet, as well as to all of our
electronic database resources. Microsoft Office 2007 software is
available on all of the public computers in the Library. The
Library offers wireless internet access for those with their own
Leisure Reading Collection
The Leisure Reading Collection
is 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
Entertainment DVDs are available for a 3-day checkout to
faculty, and staff
only. Titles include popular
Media Services offers
equipment for loan or for use in the Library. Other services
offered include cassette duplication, dry mounting and laminating,
slide reproduction, and binding of printed materials. Media
Services is also equipped to provide assistance in the preparation
of multi-media presentations, burning CDs, and tape dubbing.
For more information call 333-6242.
Special Collections & Archives
This collection includes
St. Ambrose University publications and history, as well as
materials that require special preservation. The Ambrose Room
is a reading room available to those who are using Special
Collections materials and is located on the third floor. The archival material is housed in
Special Collections, on the third floor of the Library.
Special Collections & Archives are accessed by appointment only. For more
information call 333-6463.