Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holiday Break Hours

Season's Greetings, SMU Community!!

TC Library is pretty pumped about the ever-nearing holiday season! In honor of Christmas, the library will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 23 - Sunday, Dec. 27.

And because librarians love a good New Year's celebration, the library will be closed Thursday, Dec. 31st - Sunday, Jan. 03.

We will be open 9am-5pm the following week, Jan. 04-Jan. 08, and closed on Jan. 09. Spring semester starts on Monday, Jan. 11th and normal library hours will then resume. For more information, click here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Library Hours for Wednesday, December 16

The library will be closed 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Read for Pleasure

SMU Community,

Consider reading some non-fiction or fiction literature over the holiday and semester break! TC Library has a lovely display of books to whet your reading appetite.

Tired of non-fiction? We've got some great literature available both for check out and on our free Book Exchange cart. Or, did your statistics book really get you into reading non-fiction this semester? Thought so. Try out some of our "non-fiction that reads like fiction."

If reading isn't your thing, we also have a nice selection of documentaries and fiction movies available!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Library Hours November 23-30

The Library will be open at the following times.
  • Monday, November 23rd: 9am-6pm
  • Tuesday, November 24th: 9am-6pm
  • Wednesday, November 25th: 9am-12pm
November 26-29: CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Library Closings--November 7-12

The library will be closed during the following times:

Saturday, November 7th: 9am-12pm

Tuesday, November 10th: 1pm-3pm

Wednesday, November 11th: 1pm-4pm and closing at 6pm.

Thursday, November 12th: 9am-4pm and closing at 6pm.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Journal Finder Unavailable Sunday Morning

Journal Finder will be unavailable on Sunday, November 1, starting at 5:00 a.m. for up to 6 hours. If things go exceptionally well the page will be available before 9:00 a.m. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

10/14: Closing at 6pm

Hi SMU Community,

Due to illness, TC Library will be closing at 6:00pm on Wednesday, Oct. 14. (No, the library itself is not sick, in case you took that last sentence literally.)

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Database Trials

Hi SMU community,

There are some interesting database trials available to you right now through October 31st! Read about them below. If you like any of these databases, please let the TC Library librarians know by emailing us at tc-library@smumn.edu

  • ABC-CLIO eBooks collections has over 6,000 titles covering subjects including business, marketing, education, criminal justice, psychology, security studies, pop culture, and more!
  • Marshall Cavendish Digital From their web site: "Marshall Cavendish Digital offers 53 specialized reference products...to meet student and patron needs. We provide authoritative content in science, health, social studies, and literature...."
  • American History in Video "provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion" (from their web site). This database trial is available until November 15th, with absolutely no username or password! Just visit their web site listed below.

Thursday, October 01, 2009


Database access on the Minnetonka campus is blocked as of Thursday Oct. 01 and is continuing through Monday, Oct. 05. IT is aware of and working on the problem. If you are in Minnetonka but are not on the SMU campus (aka are using your own Internet), you should still be able to access the SMU databases when you log in with your SMU username and password. As always, sorry about the inconvenience!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

UPDATE: Databases Working

UPDATED: Databases and Journal Finder working again on Sunday, Sept. 20.

SMU Community,

Access to the Saint Mary's University databases is unavailable. Journal Finder is not functioning, either. We are working to resolve these issues. Our best advice is to keep checking back throughout the weekend for access.

If you need to do research RIGHT NOW, please visit your local public library! Metro area libraries have many of the same databases as Saint Mary's. You'll log on with your public library information, however.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sat. 9/19: Open 10-3

The library will have abbreviated hours on Saturday, September 19: We will be open from 10am - 3pm. If you need to use a computer, please go upstairs to the student lounge or one of the labs, in LSH 212 and LSH 224.

CLOSED Friday, Sept. 18

The library will be closed all day on Friday, September 18. We will open again on Saturday, September 19 at 10am. We apologize about the inconvenience.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

September 16 CLOSING at 5pm

The library will close today, September 16 at 5pm. We apologize about the inconvenience.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Labor Day Weekend hours

The Twin Cities Library will be celebrating Labor Day weekend by not laboring. Our hours are as follows:

CLOSED Saturday, September 5 - Monday, September 7.

Resume normal hours Tuesday, September 8. Fall semester begins!

APA 6th Edition

Hey there academic writers of the SMU ilk. We've got three hot-off-the-press APA 6th Editions in the Twin Cities Library--two of which you can check out and take home!

Verify the APA Manuals' availabilities here. If both circulating copies are checked out, you can place a hold on the book and you'll be notified when it is returned--we'll hold the book for you!

Utterly confused by APA? Don't hesitate to contact the Writing Center.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Chat Service Sporadic

Monday, July 20 - update, 11:00am

TC Library's chat reference service, LibChat, is currently experiencing some sporatic connection problems. The chat box still loads, but the live connection to TCLibrary occasionally cannot be established. If this happens to you, please simply contact us with your questions by email: tc-library@smumn.edu or by phone: 612.728.5108

Thursday, July 02, 2009

July 2nd: Closing @ 6pm

Happy Fourth of July weekend, SMU community!

To get the long weekend started off right, TC Library is shutting down at 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 2nd.

Instead of working hard being studious, TC Library recommends you take the night off, watch some baseball (except the Twins are off that night), and enjoy a good book.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Closings June 23rd-25th

The Twin Cities Campus Library will be closed during the following hours: Tuesday, June 23rd: 10-11:30, 1-2:30 Wednesday, June 24th: 1-2:30 Thursday, June 25th: 1-2:30 Library materials may be returned to the LaSalle Hall receptionist during these times.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Closed Thursday Morning

TC Library will be closed this Thursday, June 11th, from 9:00am-12:30pm due to the All Schools Meeting. Worry not, for we shall reopen around noon.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

FindIt! Unavailable 6/7 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The FindIt! button will not work on Sunday, June 7th from 5am-1pm for maintenance purposes.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Closed Memorial Day Weekend

The Twin Cities Campus Library will be closed Saturday, May 23rd--Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day Weekend. The Library will reopen on Tuesday, May 26th at 9am. Enjoy the holiday!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Close on Fridays at 5pm

Starting this Friday, May 22nd, we will be open from 9am-5pm on Fridays. We will resume regular Friday hours (9am-6pm) on July 10th.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

May Book Display

Swing by TC Library to see our May 2009 book display featuring a wide assortment of Academic Writing & ESL Resources. Both students and faculty members will find useful if not life-saving materials this month! Check out an interactive photo of the display here.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Art on Park--New Library Art Exhibit

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus Library presents a new exhibit called Art on Park. Art on Park exhibits artwork created by alumni, faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, and local artists residing in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Art on Park aspires to cultivate community partnerships, promote library and university visibility, and foster the exchange of diverse ideas. The purpose of Art on Park is to:
  • Exhibit visual artwork
  • Foster artistic expression of ideas and creative approaches to art
  • Create awareness and partnerships
  • Promote appreciation of the visual arts
For eligibility requirements and application materials, click here.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Closed 10am-12pm on 5/6/2009

The Library will be closed from 10am-12pm on 5/6/2009 for an all-staff meeting. We will re-open at 12pm.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Downtime for Find it

The Find it and Journal Finder tools will be unavailable beginning at 4:00 a.m., Sunday, May 3rd. It may be down for up to ten hours. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Semester Break Hours

Semester Break Hours Monday, April 20th - Saturday, May 9th
Students--because we want YOU to be outside in the evenings enjoying the Springtime daylight and warmth, we must close the library early for the next 3 weeks. Brilliant! Our hours are as follows:
  • Mon. April 20th - Fri. April 24th: 9am - 5pm
  • Sat. April 25th: CLOSED
  • Mon. April 27th: 9am - 9pm
  • Tues. April 28th - Fri. May 1st: 9am - 5pm
  • Sat. May 2nd: 8am - 3pm
  • Mon. May 4th: 9am - 9pm
  • Tue. May 5th - Fri. May 8th: 9am - 5pm
  • Sat. May 9th: 8am - 3pm
  • Mon. May11th: resume regular hours
Check our hours page for more information.

Monday, April 06, 2009

American History in Video

Faculty, staff, and students--check out this cool resource! The Alexander Street Press has created a video database of "historical events, and the presentation of historical events over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries." Included with the videos are transcripts and chapter/clip headings. Search or browse for your favorite person, place, historical era, or historical event. Some of the unique resources included in this database:
  • Newsreels from WWII.
  • History Channel documentaries.
  • A&E Biographies.
We have a free trial until the end of April so grab some popcorn, stream the video online, and check it out!

Easter Break Hours

In honor of Easter, TC Library will be closed Friday, April 10th - Monday, April 13th. We will reopen bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Tuesday morning at 9:00am, April 14th. Feel free to deposit leftover and/or on-sale bulk Easter candy near the reference desk on Tuesday. The librarians will dispose of it swiftly and properly.

Thursday, April 02, 2009


In honor of Arbor Day and Earth Day this month, TC Library has put up a display of our resources related to the Green Movement. Learn about the Green Movement, eco-friendly job opportunities, how to plant a tree, local green-related groups and activities, and more.
  • Check out TC Library's display online here.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Update: Interlibrary Loan Available

Monday, March 23, 9:00am: Interlibrary Loan is available again. Hooray!!!
In order to make improvements to our catalog, Interlibrary Loan services will be down from March 21, 2009 2:00 a.m. to March 23, 2009 9:00 a.m. You will not be able to request books and articles online during this period. Instead, please email your Interlibrary Loan requests to tc-library@smumn.edu. Please include the following information with your requests:
  1. Your name
  2. Book/article title
  3. Book/article author(s)
  4. Book/article year
  5. Journal title
  6. Journal volume and issue (if possible)
  7. Article page numbers
Requests emailed between March 21-23 will be processed the morning of Monday, March 23, 2009. Please call the library at 612-728-5108 if you have any questions. Thanks for your patience!! The catalog upgrades will be worth the wait!

Spring '09 New Books

Check out TC Library's Flickr page to see some of our new Spring purchases! If you see a book you like, click on its cover. Each book is hyperlinked to its Library catalog record--see its contents, check its availability, and come pick it up!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Trial Database: SAGE Reference Online

Looking for some background information to get a basic understanding of a course subject? Finding you need a general understanding of your broad topic in order to narrow it down to an appropriate research topic? Need ideas for keywords or controlled vocabulary? Here is a great resource for you, beloved SMU student!! For the month of March, try out SAGE Reference Online!

To access this exclusive trial, please use this username and password for your free access to SAGE Reference Online. The trial will expire March 31, 2009.

Username: librarians Password: marchtrial

To access SAGE Reference Online, follow the instructions below: 1. Log onto http://sage-ereference.com/ 2. Select "Enter SAGE eReference" 3. Enter the user name and password provided 4. Click "Go" Please contact eaccess@sagepub.com with any technical issues.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Introducing W. T. l'Orange

The fish naming contest is over and the votes for best name have been cast! Our library mascot, the lil' orange beta fish, is officially christened as W. T. l'Orange. W. T. stands for Wiggle Tail. The winner of the contest is SMU's very own Theresa Crawford, program coordinator for the Master of Arts in Human Development, Arts and Cultural Management, and Organizational Leadership programs. Results of the poll are below.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Monday, February 02, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Free Books!

OK, not really free...more like exchangeable!! The library is happy to announce the addition of a fiction and literary nonfiction book exchange. The way it works is you see a book on our shelf that looks interesting, and you can take it home and read it. You don't even have to check the book out; you can just take it. All we ask is that you return the book, or exchange it for one you already have at home. That way our collection will always be dynamic and always available! Our Book Exchange is located on the black rolly-cart near the Librarian's desk in the TC Library. Some titles waiting to be read are below:

Grand Opening February 3rd

Join us to celebrate our new space! The library will have a grand re-opening kickoff Tuesday, February 3rd 4:30-7pm with exciting events continuing throughout the week. There will be a library scavenger hunt, raffle, contest to name the new beloved library fish, drinks and snacks. The first 15 students to arrive on Tuesday will receive a free Saint Mary’s book bag. Stop in and enjoy the festivities!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Renovation & Grand Opening

If you've stopped by the TC Library recently, you've probably noticed that it looks a little bigger and grander than ever before. Our 2008 renovation is complete, and we are excited to announce a week-long Grand Opening celebration coming up soon! Check back here in late January/early February for information regarding the TC Library Grand Opening. Dates, times, and activities to be announced.