St. Olaf Libraries

Using the Libraries During the Pandemic

Rolvaag Library and Halvorson Music Library Building Hours

Check our hours page for current information. Please remember to follow the College rules for public spaces, including wearing a mask.

Getting Help with Your Research or Courses

For research assistance, please chat with us or make a research appointment. You can also find tutorials and recommended resources by browsing the guides we’ve created for courses, subjects, and research tools.

Finding and Using Online Library Resources


Millions of online resources are available through Catalyst (the library catalog) from anywhere in the world. You do not need to connect to the St. Olaf VPN to access these resources, but you will be prompted for your St. Olaf username and password the first time you access a library resource if you are off-campus.

Databases and Digital Collections

Over 350 databases and digital collections are also available for your research needs. You will be prompted to sign in with your St. Olaf username and password the first time you access a database or digital collection if you are off-campus.

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.

If you have problems accessing a resource, please submit an Online Library Resources Issue ticket. If you can’t find a resource you’re looking for or have other questions, please Ask a Research Librarian.

Library Instruction Requests and Faculty Consultations

Research & Instruction Librarians are available to consult with faculty and to provide online library instruction sessions.Faculty should submit a Library Instruction Request or contact their liaison librarian for assistance.

Special Collections and Archives

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 Information

For more information on St. Olaf services and changes related to the COVID pandemic, please visit the campus COVID-19 website.