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Rocket Electronic Book and Kindle

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.

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.  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 north side.

Study Rooms

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, click here.

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 here.  Questions may also be submitted via Meebo chat by clicking on the link on the Library homepage.

Interlibrary Loan

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, click here.


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 laptops. 

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 first floor.

Entertainment DVDs
          Entertainment DVDs are available for a 3-day checkout to
          SAU students, faculty, and staff only. Titles include popular
          and recently released movies.
Media Services

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.


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Dec 2011

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