St. Olaf Libraries

Community Members and Alumni Access Policy

St. Olaf College Libraries Guest Access

The St. Olaf College Libraries welcome guests to enjoy our collection of books, periodicals, and DVDs. Guests are expected to abide by campus and library policies, and may be asked to leave by library staff or college security as a result of any 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.

Guest Hours

Guest hours are from the time the library opens in the morning until 8:00PM. If the library closes before 8:00pm, all library users will leave at closing. Carleton College students, staff, and faculty may continue to use Rolvaag Library after 8pm - see Building Access for details.

Building Access

St. Olaf ID Cards are required to enter the St. Olaf Libraries after 8 pm. Carleton students, faculty, and staff may still access Rolvaag Library by coming to the main doors and calling the number posted to request entry. They will be required to show their Carleton ID. Halvorson Music Library is not accessible to Carleton students, faculty, and staff after 8pm.

Community Cards

Residents of the local townships listed below qualify for a Bridge Community Card, which allows individuals to borrow materials from the St. Olaf Libraries and Carleton College’s Gould Library. Ask at the Rolvaag Library Circulation Desk for a Bridge Community Card. Applicants must show proof of their permanent residence.

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

Community Residents Under 16

There are no age restrictions for community members wishing to obtain a library card, but parents or guardians of juveniles under the age of 16 will be required to sign the library card application to accept responsibility for all library fees and fines incurred by their minor children. Cards for students 16 years of age and older will be issued without a parent or guardian’s signature with proper picture ID.

St. Olaf College Alumni

St. Olaf graduates who reside in Minnesota qualify for a Bridge Community Card. Alumni seeking a Bridge Community Card must show proof of permanent residence and provide their year of graduation. Cards may be requested at the circulation desk.