St. Olaf Libraries

Rolvaag Memorial Library

Rolvaag Research Resources

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Library Hours

Rolvaag Library Thanksgiving Break Hours

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 7:45am - 5pm
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 9am - 4pm
Thursday, November 26, 2020 CLOSED
Friday, November 27, 2020 CLOSED
Saturday, November 28, 2020 CLOSED
Sunday, November 29, 2020 CLOSED

Rolvaag Library Winter Break Hours (November 30th - December 23rd)

Rolvaag Library will be closed December 24th - January 3rd.

Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 1pm
Saturday CLOSED

Library Maps

Rolvaag Library is connected to Buntrock Commons on the east side of campus. The library is 5 and a half levels, with collections and services distributed as follows:

Call Numbers starting A - HG Level 5
Call Numbers starting HJ - N Level 4
Call Numbers starting P Level 2
Call Numbers starting Q - Z Level 1
Call Numbers starting M Located in the Music Library
Oversize Books Level 3 1/2
Periodicals Level 1
Music Periodicals Located in the Music Library
Genealogy Materials Level 3
Government Documents Level 1
Reference Collection Level 3
VHS & Documentary DVDs Media Room Level 3
Feature Film DVDs Media Room Level 3
Music Recordings Located in the Music Library
Public Copiers Levels 3, 3 1/2, 4
Public Computer Labs Levels 3
Restrooms Levels 1, 3, & 5

Food and Drink in the Library

Please review our food and drink policy if you wish to bring food into the library.

About Rolvaag Library

Rolvaag Library is named for Ole E. Rølvaag (1876-1931), novelist, educator, St. Olaf graduate, and father of Karl Rølvaag, Governor of Minnesota. A Norwegian immigrant, Rølvaag is best know for two novels, I de dage (1924) and Riket gundlæges (1925). These two works, the story of Norwegian immigrant and pioneer Per Hansa, were translated into English as Giants in the Earth in 1927.

Although completed in 1942, Rolvaag Memorial Library remained without a name until 1944. Advocates for Rølvaag encountered concern among those who objected to the "sordid" realism of his novels and his criticism of the cultural sensibilities of some Lutheran clergy. (Shaw, Dear Old Hill, p. 142)

The Felland wing (1966) provided additional stack space and quarters for the Norwegian American Historical Society (NAHA). The Dittmanson wing (1991) added more stack and study space. Renovation of the original building accompanied the construction of Dittmanson.

Today, NAHA, the Kierkegaard Library, Information Technology, the English Department, and the St. Olaf College Archives all share the building with the Library.