Donate to Support UST Libraries
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Donate to Support UST Libraries
By: Kimberley Wroblewski
Have you ever needed a place to study, get help with homework, research, or a place to simply print a paper? Chances are the libraries at the University of St. Thomas have been there to help you.
Now the libraries at UST need your help in return. With the ever-growing collection of library materials and the increase of students, the UST libraries are in need of a new library on campus.
A new library would give relief to the overflowing stacks in the four libraries already on campus by providing shelf space for library materials as well as study space for library users. The four libraries already on campus are: the O’Shaughnessy-Frey, Charles J. Keffer, Archbishop Ireland Memorial, and the Schoenecker Law Library.
Combined, the libraries have over 730,000 books, with the collection ever-growing to fit users’ needs. It’s no wonder that the stacks are bursting with books, with no room to put new materials.
However, with tight budgets, the libraries need funding if they are to achieve their goal. Support the libraries by donating to the “UST Library Fund.”
In addition to the fund, there is an upcoming book sale at the end of January at the O’Shaughnessy-Frey library, where proceeds will go directly into the “UST Library Fund.” A small number of books have been weeded off of the shelves and will be sold to provide marginal relief to the stuffed shelves of the libraries. The dates and times of the event will be revealed as the event gets closer.
Tables and study rooms in the libraries on campus are filled with students. Results from surveys distributed by library staff shows that library users would like more study space and study rooms to work on homework and group projects.
At busy points of the semester, such as finals week, study rooms are in high demand. Rooms are claimed days in advance, making it hard for students and groups to find places to study at the last minute.
Results from the survey also indicated a desire for additional computer workstations for students to conduct research and work on homework.
But why else should you support a new library on campus? The answer takes shape in the form of the help that the libraries give to students, faculty, staff, and UST affiliates every day.
Besides housing books, study spaces and computers, the libraries at UST are excellent places for research. The libraries at UST have access to over 230 online databases and over 40,000 journals to assist students, faculty, and UST affiliates with research.
Reference librarians are available in person and online to help patrons with research questions as well as other questions such as how to locate materials in the libraries.
Librarians are also available to teach instruction sessions to classes on how to utilize library resources properly and avoid plagiarism.
The libraries at UST provide all of these services and more for library patrons. The addition of a new library on campus will not only provide relief on the shelves and additional study space for users, but will also allow the libraries to continue providing these services.
Without funding for a new library, there will be very little room for new library materials. With the growing rate of students at UST, available study spaces will be limited, as will available librarians to help answer questions, and computer workstations for research and homework.
It’s time to give back. Support the libraries by donating to the “UST Library Fund.”