SAU Library

A positive influence in the Quad Cities and global library community

The St. Ambrose University Library provides the environment, resources, and services to support teaching, learning, and personal growth of the SAU community.

Circulation Desk: 563-333-6246
Reference Desk: 563-333-6245
Administration: 563-333-6241
Interlibrary Loan: 563-333-6247
Archives: 563-333-5868

Library Central

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Spring Semester Hours

Monday through Thursday – 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday – 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday – 1-5 p.m.
Sunday – 1-10 p.m.

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Librarians are phenomenal researchers and available to answer your questions as well as help you conduct research, search databases, cite sources, and more.

Contact them in-person, by phone at 563-333-6245, via email, and by text, chat, and Webex video conferencing.

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Borrow from SAU or Use Interlibrary Loan

Circulation and Borrowing
You can check out (borrow) and return library books, DVDs, CDs, etc. at the Circulation Desk. For assistance, contact the Circulation Supervisor at 333-6246.

Interlibrary Loan
Looking for something that's not in the St. Ambrose Library collection? We can still help with that. Interlibrary loan allows you to request books or articles from other locations. Access the interlibrary loan system with your SAU Network ID.

Reserve Course Material

The Library provides access to Course Reserve materials in print format. Professors who put books, DVDs, practice tests, etc on reserve indicate those items on the syllabus. Reserves are located at the Circulation Desk, and may be checked out with a valid SAU BeeCard. For more information about Course Reserves, please call 333-6246.

Schedule Research Workshops and Tours

Librarians are available to provide library research workshops tailored to the specific needs of any class.

The research workshop area located on the main floor of the library has a projector for demonstrations and multiple computers for hands-on exploration of networked databases. Request a research workshop by clicking here.

Individual Library tours can be arranged by calling the Reference Desk at 333-6245.

Room Reservations

Group and Individual Study Rooms
The library has six group study rooms on the 3rd floor and four individual study rooms on the lower level, all of which are available on a first come, first serve basis. Group study rooms have 32" monitors that can be connected to a personal laptop to practice presentations. Study rooms cannot be reserved in advance and are only available for students, faculty, and staff.

Room Reservations
Contact Julie Dobek, Administrative Assistant at 563-333-6463, to make reservations for university activities and events in the Library Media Room and Conference Room. The rooms cannot be reserved by individuals or groups not currently enrolled or employed by SAU.

Library Floors

Lower Level

Lower Level
Center for Instructional Design & Technology
Information Technology Department
Information Literacy Classroom/Media Program Room
Individual study rooms
Media Services Department and IDEA Lab
Older periodicals and journals

First Floor

Circulation desk
Reference desk
Microfilm collection & scanner
Children's literature collection
Current periodicals and journals
Leisure reading collection
Entertainment DVD collection
Technical Services Department
Interlibrary Loan Department
Reference book collection
Faculty media collection
"New Books" shelf

Second Floor

Circulating book collection (A-L)
Student lounge
Vending machines
Quiet study area

Third Floor

Archives & Special Collections (see below)
Circulating book collection (M-Z) 
Library conference room
Director's office
Group study rooms
Ambrose Room

Archives and Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections are located on the third floor of the library. Appointments are preferred. Please email the Archivist Onnica Marquez or call 563-333-5868.

University Archives
The mission of the St. Ambrose University Archives is to preserve, arrange, describe, and make accessible historically significant documents and other materials which reflect the University's origins and development, and the activities and achievements of its officers, faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Materials in the Archives are produced by or specifically about St. Ambrose which include:

  • Artifacts
  • Photographs
  • Documents
  • Yearbooks
  • Catalogs
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • University Publications
  • Theses
  • And so much more!

Special Collections
The Special Collections division of the Library collects, preserves, and makes available unique materials. Items in Special Collections include:

  • Book Arts
  • Books about Saint Ambrose, his legacy, and his contemporaries
  • Publications about St. Ambrose (the institution) and historical figures
  • Publications written by Ambrosians (faculty, staff, students, and alumni)
St. Ambrose University Digital Collections

The St. Ambrose University Digital Collections features digital materials from the St. Ambrose University Archives.

Irish Collections

McCaffrey Irish History Collection

A gift from Dr. Lawrence J. McCaffrey to St. Ambrose University
The St. Ambrose University Library's collection of books and materials on Ireland, the Irish peoples and the Irish in America has been significantly enhanced by the generous gift of Dr. Lawrence J. McCaffrey '49. The following pages list the titles, authors, and call numbers of the books placed in our collection, as well as the many unusual and interesting article reprints which are kept in our Special Collections area.

BOOKS List of books added to St. Ambrose University Library's circulating collection.
ADDITIONAL BOOKS added in 2009
ARTICLE REPRINTS List of items placed in St. Ambrose University Library Special Collections.    

The Timothy Walch Collection of Irish and Catholic Americana

A gift from Dr. Timothy Walch to St. Ambrose University
Dr. Timothy Walch, retired Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa, has donated his private collection of Irish and Catholic Americana books to the Library at St. Ambrose University. The collection includes books on Irish artists, biographies of Irish figures, novels, and Irish American culture. The donation is being provided over a three year span beginning in 2005, with approximately 600 books being received each year. The books join the Lawrence McCaffrey Irish History collection at the Library to comprise one of the largest Irish Studies collections in the region. The following documents list the titles, authors, and call numbers of the books added to our collection.

V-12 Naval Training

V-12 Naval Training

Calendar of St. Ambrose College in the War Time, 1943
"Anchors Aweigh at Ambrose," by John Willard, Quad City Times, 7-17-01
"The Navy at St. Ambrose College," Bees & Burr Oaks by Fr. Anthony Farrell

Excerpts from The Navy V-12 Program by James G. Schnieder,1987

"The Physical Training Program", pp. 175-177
"The Program At St. Ambrose College," p. 476  

Photographs Pertaining to the V-12 Naval Training Program

Class of 1944, V-12 Naval Training Program
Class of 1945, V-12 Naval Training Program (on Flickr)
V-12 Naval Training Unit, 1945
V-12 Naval Training Unit on Parade
V-12 Naval Training Unit Parade March (on Flickr)

Kenneth J. Hartman Collection of Manned Space Flight

Dr. Kenneth J. Hartman, St. Ambrose College Class of 1939, donated his private collection of books and videos on the manned space flight programs in the United States and Russia to the St. Ambrose University Library.

Hartman worked as a human factors engineer for North American Aviation, the company that built the Apollo command module that ferried men to the moon. His role was to act as liaison between the astronauts and the design engineers.

Hartman went on to work for McDonnell Douglas and as an instructor of statistics and math before retiring in Oregon. Additional information about Dr. Hartman can be found in the Library's Special Collections & Archives on the third floor.

Books in the Hartman Collection Dr. Kenneth J. Hartman Collection Of Manned Space Flight (pdf)

Contact Us

Faculty and Staff

Luke Beatty, Library Director
Hannah Carlton, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Olivia Davison, Head of Media Services
Julie Dobek, Administrative Assistant
Joyce Haack, Interlibrary Loan/Acquisitions
Stella Herzig, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Onnica Marquez, Archivist
Brandi Russell, Circulation Supervisor
Julia Salting, Asst. Library Director
Elizabeth Kunze Sanders, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Malavika Shrikhande, Cataloging Assistant


Luke Beatty, Director

St. Ambrose University Library
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6246 Front Desk
563-333-6245 Reference Desk

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