Library Services

Faculty members are granted extended borrowing privileges at the Cushwa-Leighton Library. Books and other library materials checked out by a faculty member must be returned or renewed annually at the time determined by the Collection Management supervisor and at other times at her request. Such a request is made when someone else wishes to borrow the item, or when materials are required for inventory or other library purposes. A full description of current faculty privileges may be found on the Library Policies web page.

Notre Dame faculty may use the library collection with the use of their faculty identification card. Scholars officially visiting the College enjoy the same privileges as regular faculty; an application for use of the Library should be made to the Head of Library Services.

Study carrels in the Library are available for assignment to faculty members engaged in research and writing, or on sabbatical. Assignments are generally made for one (1) term or one (1) year at a time, depending on the length of the research project or sabbatical leave. Faculty may contact the Head of Library Services for information about availability of carrels.

Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff may reserve a variety of meeting rooms for collaborative study, learning and meetings using Campus and Community Events’ online reservation system

Saint Mary’s faculty members also enjoy borrowing privileges at the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries. Detailed information about using the collections at the Hesburgh Library can be obtained at its circulation desk.

Faculty at Saint Mary’s have borrowing privileges at the other supported libraries of the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI), which is accessible via the Cushwa-Leighton Library’s online catalog. Books may be requested from any other participating PALNI library and are usually delivered to campus in three to five days.

The use of local public libraries is based on residency. 

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