St. Olaf Libraries

Community Members and Alumni Access Policy

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.

Library Community Member Access

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.

Cannon Falls 55009
Castle Rock 55010
Dennison/Stanton 55018
Dundas 55019
Elko 55020
Faribault 55021
Farmington 55024
Hampton 55031
Lonsdale 55046
Nerstrand 55053
New Market 55054
Northfield 55057
Randolph 55065
Webster 55088

St. Olaf College Alumni

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.

Community Member Hours

Library community member hours are from the time the library opens in the morning until 10:00PM. When the library closes before 10:00PM, all library users will leave at closing.

Computer Access

Community Members and Alumni may use the computers in the reference area of the library to search for materials and to document the resources found. Please 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.

Community Member and St. Olaf Alumni may also use their personal laptops by connecting to the "St. Olaf Guest" wireless network.

Loan Periods for Materials

Please see our borrowing policies page for guest loan periods.

Fees for Overdue and Lost Materials

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.


An item may be renewed one time, provided no one else has requested it. Renewals may be made through Catalyst, or requested via the Rolvaag circulation e-mail account:

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.

Approved by the Library Faculty Committee, March 2013.