The St. Olaf College Libraries welcome visitors and guests to enjoy our rich collection of books, periodicals, journals, and digital materials. As a guest of the college and the libraries, you are expected to abide by campus and library policies. Guests are expected to behave appropriately at all times. Guests may be asked to leave by library staff or college security as a result of conduct that is deemed disruptive or disrespectful. Abuse of college and/or library policies may result in suspension of some or all campus and library privileges.
Individuals who are not affiliated with either college but are residents of the townships listed below may apply for a library card at the circulation desk. This card gives the privilege of checking out materials from the library. Proof of permanent residence must be presented.
All college alumni who are Minnesota residents qualify for a library card. Cards may be requested at the circulation desk. Alums must show proof of permanent residence and provide their year of graduation.
Library guest hours are from the time the library opens in the morning until 10:00PM. When the library closes before 10:00PM, guests will leave at closing.
Guests may use the computers in the reference area of the library to search for materials and to document the resources found. Guests should check with the reference or circulation desks for the guest access code. Guests may be asked to relinquish a computer if student demand exceeds the number of available computers.
Guests may also use their personal laptops to search for materials using the St. Olaf guest network access.
Please see our circulation policy page for guest loan periods.
Late fees will be imposed for overdue and lost materials. Overdue materials are subject to a late fee and a service fee. Lost materials are subject to a minimum replacement charge of $60.00 and a $20.00 service fee.
Notification of Recall: Patrons will be notified by e-mail if an item in their possession has been recalled. Recall notices must be complied with immediately or the borrower will be subject to a $5.00/day per item late fee.
Minimum Use: All borrowers are guaranteed exclusive use of library materials for eight days after the time of check-out.
Approved by the Library Faculty Committee, March 2013.