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Alumni and Guest Services

‌The Libraries are open to the public. Visitors may use reference materials and services, most electronic databases, journals, videos/DVDs, and other resources on-site.

  • Alumni are eligible for Alumni Cards, which are issued at the Circulation Desks in the Libraries.
    • Alumni of the UST and St. Catherine's University Graduate School of Social Work will need to acquire separate Alumni Cards from both libraries' circulation departments in order to use their materials. St. Catherine's University Alumni Privileges.
  • Retirees are able to retain some library privileges upon completion of the Retiree Privileges Request Form.
  • Neighbors of the University of St. Thomas may borrow books from the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library with a valid Friends of the Library card. A Neighbor is any person at least eighteen years of age who lives south of Highway 94, north of Jefferson Avenue, west of Fairview Avenue, and east of the Mississippi River. For more resources see the University of St. Thomas Neighborhood Relations site.


If you live within this area, you may apply for a Friends card at the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library Circulation Desk. Before issuing a card, we may ask that you provide us with proof of your address.

  • The Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library has a separate Friends of the Library service. Note that Friends of the Library cards are valid only at the library where issued. For more information call: (651) 962-5450. 

Borrowing Privileges

Alumni, Retirees, ESL Students, Friends of OSF Library, Senior Citizen Students

Book and Music Score Loan Period: 4 Weeks | Maximum Items: 6

Media (DVD and VHS) and Audio Recordings: In House Use Only

MTLA Consortium

Access to Ireland Library books only. Book Loan Period: 6 Weeks | Maximum Items: Varies

Friends of Ireland Library

Access to Ireland Library books only. Book Loan Period: 4 Weeks | Maximum Items: 6

Friends of Law Library

Access to Law Library books only. Book Loan Period: 4 Weeks | Maximum Items: 3

Electronic Resources and Database Access




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O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Charles J. Keffer Library

Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library

Schoenecker Law Library