Library today: Leisure reading collection available

UST Libraries offers the Leisure Reading Collection located in the middle of the reference collection on the first floor of O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center, where comfy chairs welcome you to browse.

The collection includes popular fiction and materials generally not considered scholarly or appropriate for an academic library’s permanent collection. These items will be chosen by a committee made up of staff and students. A quarter of the collection will be housed at the Charles J. Keffer Library.

The loan period for everyone is three weeks, and the collection will be available only to the students, staff, faculty and friends of the University of St. Thomas. See a complete listing of the collections titles in the CLICnet catalog.

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Summon – a new way to search

 UST Libraries presents the beta version of Summon – a new discovery tool that allows you to search many library resources as you would the free Web. Summon retrieves citations from most, but not all, library resources; each citation includes a link to either the online version of the item or a link to a record that indicates where a paper (or microfilm) version is located within UST Libraries.

It works by indexing content from thousands of publishers and then retrieving results from publishers with whom UST Libraries has agreements. Summon doesn’t index content from all publishers, and UST doesn’t have agreements with all publishers. So in many cases, you’ll still want to use subject-specific databases to find more information.

However, when you don’t know where to start, Summon is a good place. Find all types of resources in a single search: books, e-books, audio and video recordings, music scores, articles, theses, dissertations and more. Stay posted for more news on this new resource; in the meantime, give it a whirl. Keep in mind that St. Thomas is still in the beta phase, testing and tweaking Summon so that the UST community can get maximum return.