The Library at the University of St. Katherine holds approximately 12,000 items. These include works in philosophy, theology, history, business and social sciences, music, art, language and literature, science and technology. Materials include printed books, periodicals, musical recordings, access to online journals and data sources, electronic editions of older books whose copyright has expired, and miscellaneous PDF and loose-leaf files.

The library space is divided between the first and second floors of the main administration building. The main area of the library is on the first floor. This includes the first half (call numbers beginning A – M) of the main stacks, the periodicals section, special books section, two computers for student use, and limited textbooks that students may check out. It also includes the office of the Director of Library Services, which houses the special books and textbooks sections. The space on the second floor includes the remainder of the main collection (call numbers beginning N – Z) and the reference section.

As an academic library, we use the Library of Congress classification system, which differs significantly from the Dewey Decimal system used in public and primary/secondary school libraries. Signs showing the general outline of topical headings and the corresponding call number ranges are found on both floors of the library.

The library uses OPALS as its online catalogue. You can access OPALS here, and bookmark the following URL:

The OPALS home page provides further library-specific information and links to additional resources on the Internet.
The library is overseen by the Director of Library Services, Mark Harrison. Mr. Harrison is generally available Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. He can also be contacted by email at

Library Appeal & Donor Information

The library at the University of Saint Katherine has been built entirely on donations, which are an invaluable part of any library’s growth. The nearly twelve thousand plus books that the library cover Philosophy, Theology, History, Business, Sciences and Technology. The Director of Library Services joins the president, the faculty and students of the University of Saint Katherine in thanking everyone who has contributed to the collection.

At the same time, the distribution of coverage in the library is far from even. The fields of art and literature are disproportionately overrepresented while sciences and technology are seriously underrepresented with other fields falling in between. This list prioritizes (highest to lowest) the current needs of our library.

  • Physical Sciences (e.g. Astronomy, biology, chemistry, kinesiology, physics, etc.)
  • Business
  • Technology (e.g. computer hardware & software, communications, engineering, etc.)
  • Mathematics
  • Post World War II history (worldwide)

While the library wishes to encourage donations, all libraries are faced with the challenge of making difficult decisions about which books to include in the collection, given the limitations of shelf space. It is important for potential donors to understand that academic libraries need to focus on materials appropriate to college-level academic use or professional use. Materials that are oriented toward a popular understanding in a field or toward elementary or secondary education are of very limited value, if any, in a college library.

In order to make objective decisions when choosing which materials to accept, libraries are guided by a collection development policy. The purpose of a collection development policy is to guide the decision-making process so that the collection will meet the needs of the particular community that the library serves. If you are considering donating materials to the library please have the following points in mind:

  • Materials should have bibliographic references: footnotes, endnotes, and/or bibliography.
  • Science books should be published no earlier than 2000, or be classical, seminal works (e.g. Newton’s Principia Mathematica).
  • All works should be written by experts in the field.
  • We prefer that multi-volume works be complete.
  • Materials should be in at least fair condition. Damaged covers with pages intact are fine; good covers but missing or loose pages are not. Exceptions can be made for older (early 1900s or earlier), classical works, and rare books.
  • Materials should be in English or contain English translations. Exceptions may be made for classical works.
  • Multi-media materials are welcome, but only dramatic productions of classical works, classic films, or films that deal with themes that might be covered in college-level classes (e.g. Gone with the Wind, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Casablanca, To Kill a Mockingbird, Les Misérables, The Great Gatsby) can be accepted.
  • Academic, peer-reviewed journals in all fields are welcome. Popular magazines cannot be accepted.

We hope that donors to the University of Saint Katherine will be pleased to know that books that we are not able to keep we take to a locally-owned and operated used bookstore that caters to a more intellectually-oriented clientele.


Mark Harrison
Director of Library Services
University of Saint Katherine