St. Olaf Libraries

Using the Library from Off-Campus

Library Hours

Rolvaag and the Music Library will be closed until further notice.

Getting Assistance

The circulation and research desks are now staffed virtually. Please use our live chat (the bubble in the lower right corner of any library webpage) or email us at if you have questions or need research help. At your request, we will set up a call or Google Meet session with you.

Getting Materials

Thousands of online resources are available to you in Catalyst from anywhere in the world. You do not need to connect to the St. Olaf VPN to access these resources, but please be sure to use the links on our website or in Catalyst. You will be prompted for your username/password the first time you access a resource and then you should be authorized for the rest of your web browser session.

If you are bookmarking or providing links to online resources that the library provides, please follow the steps in our permalink guide to ensure your links are configured to work for users accessing both on and off campus.


When searching in Catalyst, please use the Digitized Copy Request for print materials and the Request via Interlibrary Loan for everything else (you must be signed in to Catalyst to see these options). If you are on campus, you can also use the Request for on-campus pick up link. You can also request resources directly through Interlibrary Loan.

Faculty and staff

Access to physical-only materials is provided through the Catalyst Request for on-campus pick up link (you must be signed in to Catalyst to see this option). You will be notified when your materials are ready for pickup.

Please contact if you have questions.

Instruction Requests

Research & Instruction Librarians continue to be available to provide library instruction sessions and consult with faculty. Faculty can contact or their liaison librarian with any requests.

For instructions and resources for remote teaching and online learning, please visit the Academic Continuity webpage.


All our subscription databases work from off-campus. You will be prompted to sign in with your St. Olaf username and password the first time you access one. If you have problems accessing a resource, please contact or use the chat bubble in the lower right corner of the databases page.

Due Dates for Checked Out Materials

Due dates for materials checked out from St. Olaf Libraries and Carleton College Library have been extended to May 20th, 2020 for all graduating seniors. For all other students, due dates for books and DVDs have been extended through to September 10th.

All students, regardless of graduation date, should return Reserves, AV equipment, and Interlibrary Loan items by May 20th. These materials should be mailed to:

Circulation Services
1510 St. Olaf Ave
Rolvaag Memorial Library
Northfield, MN 55057

Please contact for questions about mailing items back to the library.

View your checked out items.

Special Collections and Archives

During the Covid-19 disruptions, the Libraries are not scheduling appointments to view physical materials in the Special Collections and/or College Archives. Some of our materials are available digitally, and can be found here:

In order to capture our community's experience, the College Archives invites you to document and share how COVID-19 is impacting you. We encourage you to keep a journal, write poetry, exchange letters, create art, take photos, etc. Reflecting on what you are living through is what is important, not the format. Your story will help contribute to the broader history of St. Olaf College during this time. You can let us know you are interested in documenting and donating your experiences by filling out this form

St. Olaf College COVID-19 Information

For more information on St. Olaf services and changes related to the COVID-19 outbreak, please see the campus COVID-19 site.