National Library Week at St. Thomas Begins Tuesday, April 10

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

Library Week at St. Thomas will take place Tuesday through Friday, April 10-13. View the events here and below; we hope you find time to visit often.

Domino Kickoff in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library

This will be the fourth year that we have opened the annual book sale with a domino display created from library books and bound periodicals. We’ll kick off the first domino at about 10 minutes before noon.

Library Week Welcome Table

Stop by the Library Week Welcome Table anytime during Library Week in the main floor atrium of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library to keep up to date on what’s going on. Pick up a snack, learn about some of the library services, find out why you should consider being a librarian, book a tour, enter drawings for prizes, ask your library questions and more.

Library Week book sales

  • O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in the O’Shaughnessy Room (108)
  • Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday in the Reference Room

Discounted prices for UST community members will be offered on Tuesday; bring your ID. Shop the book sale each day and find treasures in many categories: history, music, theology, literature, philosophy, science, children’s books, paperback novels, etc. Prices are low – stock up for summer reading.

Library Week silent auction

Ireland Library will host a silent auction of reference titles and theological books, ending at noon Friday, April 13.

Library Week Daily Online Trivia Contest

Our trivia expert and reference librarian, Eric Kallas, again has selected tricky trivia questions to solve. Visit the Library Week website for details and instructions on how to play this popular daily contest. The competition begins on Tuesday, April 10. Look for daily questions and a daily winner.

Faculty-Staff Publication Open House

Stop by the Faculty-Staff Publication Open House and reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Room 102, O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center. See the impressive display of research by UST faculty and staff from the past year. Reference librarian Susan Price and her student assistant have worked hard to ensure that all online and hardcopy publications are reflected. Brief messages of congratulations will be given by Joe Kreitzer and Eleni Roulis at 3:15 p.m.

Treasure hunt, “Search for the Holy Grail”

New this year, Ireland Library will introduce a treasure hunt, “Search for the Holy Grail,” every day during Library Week. Watch the UST Libraries blog and Bulletin Today for details.

Mobile Library in Anderson Student Center and Koch Commons

Roving library staff Kate Burke and Nathan Wunrow will set up shop beyond the library so they can be found easily, even by those who are not regular library visitors. They will offer reference assistance, the opportunity to check out leisure reading books, media resources, DVDs, Kindles, and you also may return library books to them. They will have candy and Coffee Bené cards on hand, and offer the chance to enter a drawing for prizes. Watch for them between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day during Library Week:

  • Tuesday and Thursday in the Anderson Student Center’s Campus Way
  • Wednesday and Friday in Koch Commons.

Library Week Telos Project

Everyone is invited to participate in the Telos Project discussion Thursday, April 12. The discussion will be led by Dr. Renee Buhr of the Political Science Department. The lecture will be in Room 303 this week (a change from its usual location in the O'Shaughnessy Room) and will begin at noon. Treats will be provided.

Snap a photo of your favorite spot in the library

We’d love to find out what your favorite spots are in the library and invite you to submit a photo that you have taken to the library’s Facebook page. Upload the photo in a post on our wall directly (If you have the Facebook app on your phone, go to our Wall at and use the “Share Photo” button.) or email the photo to John Heintz and we’ll post it for you. Have fun; all entries will be put into a drawing and winning photographers will be notified of their prizes.