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February 8, 2018
Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires since 1820 is a database trial of primary source documents from world empires. It is available from Feb. 8 - March 8, 2018. We invite you to investigate and contact Ula Gaha or Suzanne Hinnefeld with your observations on this potential new resource.
December 13, 2017

Cushwa-Leighton Library is pleased to announce new subscriptions to Web of Science and EndNote. Turn to Web of Science for comprehensive citation information in the life and physical sciences, and then turn to EndNote, a citation manager, to keep track of your citations. First time using EndNote? Sign Up for a free account. Please visit this Guide for more information or get in touch with a librarian with your questions!

October 17, 2017
dsm-5 small  Cushwa-Leighton Library is happy to announce a new online subscription to DSM-5, the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Other resources accessible in the DSM Library are the DSM-5 Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, DSM-5 Clinical Cases, Guía de Consulta de los Criterios Diagnósticos del DSM-5, and online copies of all previous DSM editions. Questions about how to use the new DSM-5 online edition? Ask a librarian!
May 30, 2017

Due to the campus systems outage, various library services may be unavailable on Saturday, May 27 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., EDT. 

The library's Research Guides and online catalog will be available, but access to licensed databases may not be available.  If you anticipate needing any of these resources during the maintenance period, we suggest that you bookmark them now, as this notice may also be unavailable.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

June 12, 2017


wall street journal digital access    

Enjoy free access to the digital edition of The Wall Street Journal, compliments of the Cushwa-Leighton Library. Visit for instructions on creating your Wall Street Journal digital access account. 


June 12, 2017

lexisnexis academic

Cushwa-Leighton Library is pleased to announce access to a new database sub-
scription, LexisNexis Academic. Turn to LexisNexis for information about companies,
legal information, and news. 

June 12, 2017

america: history and life





Check out the library's newest database, America: History & Life. It covers the history, culture, area studies, and current affairs literature of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.

January 16, 2017

NYT claim-a-pass
Adding The New York Times to one of your sources of news will help you discern real news from fake news. Enjoy free access to, compliments of Cushwa-Leighton Library. Visit Using your school email address, create an account. Check your email inbox and open your confirmation message. Click on the link to validate your email address and start reading! More info.

December 4, 2016

Chicago Manual of Style Online

Need help with Chicago citation style for that final paper? The library has recently subscribed to the Chicago Manual of Style Online; the online edition contains full contents of the 15th and 16th editions and is fully searchable. 

December 14, 2016

  We'd really like to know what you think, so we're planning focus groups on November 2nd and 15th. Join us for pizza and to talk about the library. We'd love to hear what you have to say. Sign-up in the Library on 10/25 and in the Student Center on 10/26
to participate. Or, email Your input is valued!

December 2, 2016

The library is pleased to provide online group access to!

  1. First, while on campus, click Create an Account to create a account using your school email address.
  2. At the bottom of the Sign Up page, click "Create Account."
  3. Once registered, you may access + NYT Smartphone Apps from any location using the email address you provided as your username.

For more information view this video from (1 min).

August 16, 2016

Have you ever found a book in our catalog that's at Notre Dame, Bethel, or Holy Cross, but you lacked the time or transportation to get there?  Thanks to our new enhanced local borrowing service, your books can be
delivered to Saint Mary's with just a click of a mouse button!  Here's a short (one minute) VIDEO showing you just how it works.  When you've finished with the book, return it in our campus book drop, just as you would with a book from our own library.  Easy!  Let us know if you have any questions or comments about this great new service.

April 11, 2016

This week, we join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries. April 10-16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of campus, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work, and study. They are also creative and engaging places where people can collaborate using shared technologies, find help and new resources, or just relax.  Join us in honoring our senior student-workers and participate in a drawing for $100 in coupons at the library this week.

February 22, 2016

Symptom Media is a collection of over 300 brief streaming videos of mental health simulations arranged by DSM 5 classification.

On campus: Click "Quick Login" button. Off campus, log in with username/password, Saintmarys / Trial (case sensitive). Is this a tool that would be useful to you? Please contact Suzanne Hinnefeld (shinnefe at with your feedback. Thank you!

February 29, 2016

The science database PubMed now has the same "Find Text" link that all of our other databases have.  PubMed's "Find Text" link connects you with the full text of articles via library resources -- so you won't be asked to pay money to purchase an article!

But in order to get the full benefit of your library's resources, you need to use a library link to PubMed, like the ones in this post, or the link in our A-Z list of databases, or a link from a research guide.  If you go directly to or search for PubMed in Google, you won't find the library's links!

If you have any questions, be sure to Ask a Librarian -- we're here to help!

December 11, 2015

  Captain Cushwa-Leighton, our superhero, is here with research help!
Papers, citations, PowerPoint presentations, lab questions, language tips, study skills. 

Ask us anything!

March 3, 2016

Open access week iconIn honor of 2015 Open Access Week, the library is holding a panel discussion on author's rights. Did you know that you do not need to sign away your rights when a publisher agrees to publish your paper?

Amy Cavender, Stacy Davis, Lisa Karle, Catherine Pellegrino, and Catherine Pittman will discuss their publishing experiences and rights as authors. For pizza and enlightenment, come on Friday, Oct. 30 at noon to the Mother Pauline Room. For more information visit the library's open access guide.

October 14, 2015

According to the JSTOR team, their platform is "experiencing intermittent, site-wide problems."

If you're having trouble searching JSTOR, try again in a few minutes or an hour, or ask a librarian for help!  The Cushwa-Leighton Library and JSTOR know about the problem and JSTOR is working as hard as they can to get their service back online as soon as possible.

October 8, 2015

       Reference Librarians are here to help. 

We love research, writing, citing, finding, reading...all of the skills that help to make assignments stronger, richer, and of better quality. 

So ask us anything!  We look forward to assisiting you.

March 3, 2016

Beginning Monday, Sept. 21, and each day of Pope Francis’s historic visit to America, Saint Mary’s College will join institutions across the country by turning to the same page of The Saint John’s Bible, Heritage Edition.  This simple act will be a rich symbol of Christian solidarity as the American people welcome the Holy Father.

There are over 160 illuminations and 1,150 pages in the seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible. Saint Mary’s College Library will display the following illuminations each day.

Monday, Sept. 21 Creation (Genesis)
Tuesday, Sept. 22 Abraham and Sarah (Genesis)
Wednesday, Sept. 23 Ten Commandments (Exodus)
Thursday, Sept. 24 Peter’s Confession (Matthew)
Friday, Sept. 25 Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Mark)
Saturday, Sept. 26 Two Cures (Mark)
Sunday, Sept. 27 Pentecost (Acts of the Apostle)

In addition to the illuminated pages, a reflection for each day, written by Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary, will also be on display.

(Creation, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2003, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)

March 3, 2016

New to campus? The library provides access to The New York Times web edition.

  1. First, while on campus, click Create an Account to create a account using your school email address.
  2. At the bottom of the Sign Up page, click "Create Account."
  3. Once registered, you may access + NYT Smartphone Apps from any location using the email address you provided as your username.

For more information view this video or visit this library guide for information on all the formats of The New York Times, from archives (1851-present) to today's paper.

August 24, 2015

We're happy that you are here! The reference librarians are ready to answer your questions. Inter-library Loan is all set to help you access materials. Librarians will be offering instruction in your classes. All of this and more is available to you when you frequent the library.  Like us on Facebook.  Follow the library on Twitter and Pinterest.  Get the latest updates and be in the know!

August 20, 2015

Free coffee and hot chocolate are available again in the library.  In order to be ecologically friendly we're moving away from styrofoam cups, and ask that you provide your own reusable spill-proof travel mug.  Thank you!

August 21, 2015

For your browsing pleasure, we'll be featuring 20 popular titles:  Bust, Curve, Discover, Ebony, Entertainment Weekly, Essence, InStyle, Latina, MS, Mental Floss, Mother Jones, National Geographic, New Yorker, Psychology Today, Real Simple, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, Smithsonian, Time, and Women's Health.  Enjoy them in the library on your study break with a cup of coffee/hot chocolate and a comfortable chair!  And, please don't hesistate to let us know what you think of this new collection.

June 3, 2015

Bob Hohl shares his observations about the beauty and meaning of The Saint John's Bible, a facsimile of which has been given to the Cushwa-Leighton Library by alumna Judy Rauenhorst Doerr '74.  There will be an opportunity to examine the pages, calligraphy, and art of this handwritten and illuminated Bible, the first of its kind in 500 years.  The lovely display case was a gift of Anne Mahoney '05.

March 27, 2015

In conjunction with the OneBook/OneMichiana reading project, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, we are presenting a circus exhibit of our own!  Be sure to see the whimsical wagons from the Elves Circus Parade created by Michael Dalton, as well as fantastic circus images from our College Archives' William W. Dunkle Theatre and Circus Collection

Several copies of The Night Circus are available in the Leisure Reading Collection.  Displays are in both the front and back on the Library's main floor.

March 3, 2016

                           Storytime, Portola Valley Library, 2007, Creative Commons

Would you like to read a favorite storybook to adorable children from the Early Childhood Development Center? The library is looking for volunteers to read to children on Wednesday mornings from 10:00-10:30 in the recently enlarged children's literature area of the library, starting March 18.

Interested? Please contact Suzanne Hinnefeld (shinnefe@saintmarys. edu), Collection Development Coordinator.

March 3, 2016

In preparation for the new graduate degree, Masters of Science in Speech Pathology, the library has begun a subscription to the database ComDisDome, an indexing and abstracting tool covering the communications sciences and disorders literature, with focus on speech-language pathology and audiology. Nursing and psychology faculty and students may also find relevant content.

January 6, 2015

 Beginning Sunday, January 18, the library will be open until 2:00 a.m.
on Sunday evenings
during the spring semester to accommodate late
night studying.  This new schedule is in addition to the usual 24-hour
space in Trumper. 

We hope you will find the extra hours beneficial!

March 3, 2016

The library is pleased to provide online group access to!

  1. First, while on campus, click Create an Account to create a account using your school email address.
  2. At the bottom of the Sign Up page, click "Create Account."
  3. Once registered, you may access + NYT Smartphone Apps from any location using the email address you provided as your username.

For more information view this video from (1 min).

March 3, 2016

Stop by the first floor of the library and take a look at our new coffee area! You can pour yourself a delicious cup of coffee, latte, cappuccino, mocha, or hot chocolate. There is decaf, too, if that is your preference.


Beverages are free (thank you, Sodexo!) and available just in time for finals week.

December 2, 2014

The worldwide consortium that manages is currently experiencing a system outage.

OCLC is working to resolve the outage as quickly as possible, and as soon as they are back online we will continue to process your requests for books from other libraries.  You're always welcome to Ask a Librarian for help: sometimes we can find the material you need through other sources!

The Cushwa-Leighton Library apologizes for the inconvenience.

November 7, 2014


Have you seen the latest exhibit in the Library?

Halloween may be over, but these chilling tales of Saint Mary's legends endure! Torso on campus! Body under Lake Marian! Student accomplice to murder? Alumna poisons ND professor/husband?  And more!

Check it out on the first floor of the Library. And be sure to sign up for the Aline Ellis O'Malley mystery night, December 5th, 8:00-10:00.

It would be a crime to miss it...


March 3, 2016

The library has begun a trial of the Yale University database eHRAF World Cultures. It contains descriptive information on cultures and ethnic groups from around the world. As an ethnographic database, it appeals to academic disciplines in the social sciences, nursing, humanities, and any other area with an interest in cultural diversity.

Please experiment with the database and check in with Suzanne Hinnefeld, Coordinator of Collection Development, with your impressions. The trial runs through Dec. 14, 2014.

March 3, 2016

Open access week iconOpen Access Week is Oct. 20-26. What is open access? Open access is free online access to scholarly material without restrictions. To learn more about open access visit the library's open access guide.

March 3, 2016

Thanks to everyone who participated in our social media poll on Icee Pop Day last Friday! If you want to see which social media platforms your friends are using, see the full chart and information on our Facebook page.

September 11, 2014


"An obituary published shortly after her death at age seventy seven
described Sister M. Madeleva Wolff, C.S.C. (1887-1964) as 'the most
renowned nun in the world.'"  (Mandell, 2014) 

Please join the Library as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passing of Sister Madeleva with an exhibit and special "Madeleva Monday" events, including a lecture by Dr. Gail Mandell (9/8, 5:00), a presentation by College Archivist John Kovach (9/15, 4:00), a poetry reading by Sr. Eva Hooker (9/22), and a trivia contest throughout (ending 9/29)!

The exhibit runs through October 10.

August 29, 2014

Write Now

We are excited to announce the opening of the Writing Center Walk-In Only Satellite Location on the top floor of the Library! "Write Now!" will accommodate students unable to reserve an appointment in the main Writing Center. Before Fall Break, the Satellite Location will be open Sundays - Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. After Fall Break, it will be open Sundays - Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Since a reference librarian will also be available during these times, it is a great opportunity to get help with every aspect of your papers, from writing tutors to research assistance. 

(Image courtesy of Creative Commons.)

September 17, 2014
Welcome to the library! We asked students last year, "What is your favorite thing about the library?" Their responses are illustrated in this wordcloud. What will be your favorite thing about the library? We offer our sincere hope that you will make us an important part of your new home. Welcome!
June 27, 2014

Cushwa-Leighton Library








The Cushwa-Leighton Library has revised its Mission Statement: 

Library Mission Statement

The Cushwa-Leighton Library and its staff
provides its users with balanced and diverse sources, services, instruction,
and student-centered spaces. 

We use these to develop in students the
knowledge, skills, and critical thinking capacities they need in order to find,
evaluate, select, and apply information as educated women. 

We support the Saint Mary’s College
community, as well as the broader scholarly community, in their research
endeavors through materials and expertise. 

We collaborate campus-wide to create a
dynamic learning environment and provide consistent access to resources. 

June 10, 2014

The Sesquicentennial Liturgical Quilt was commissioned in 1994 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Saint Mary's College.  It was quilted by alumna Regina Ivory Lupo '73.  It measures 15 ft. by 19 ft. and weighs 25 pounds.  The quilt is traditionally hung in the library in the summer and serves as a backdrop to liturgical services during the academic year.

June 27, 2014

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the passing of Sr. Madeleva Wolff in 1964, the library is displaying a collection of her printed works, including My first seventy years, Addressed to youth, and The four last things; collected poems.

April 14, 2014

April is National Poetry Month. Stop by the Library and pick up a poem to carry with you. Poem in your Pocket day is Thursday, April 24, but we are offering you poems every day of the month! Feeling creative? Write your own masterpiece using magnetic poetry. Stop by our display of books from poets of the Harlem Renaissance and World Poetry and check out something you may have never before read. If you would like some suggestions on poetry to read, ask one of our reference librarians! There are many volumes in the Library. If you feel inspired to write, April's challenge is to write a poem for each day. What is your favorite poem? What titles would you like to see in our Library? 

March 3, 2016

Join us Wednesday April 16th, 4:00-5:30, in the lower level of the library for a discussion of the book In an Antique Land. Laura Elder, Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Intercultural Studies, will frame the book in the context of the theme "Connected Histories."

The reading and discussion event on Muslim journeys is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association. Curious? Want more information? Stop by! Refreshments will be served. For more information about the event please visit

April 7, 2014

The One Book, One Michiana selection for 2014 is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. One Book involves community-wide programming through the St. Joseph County Public Library, and runs from March 28-May 3. For more information, see

July 30, 2014

Have you ever found a book in our catalog that's at Notre Dame, Bethel or Holy Cross, but you lacked the time or transportation to get there?  Thanks to our new enhanced local borrowing service, your books can be delivered to Saint Mary's with just a click of a mouse button!  Here's a short (less than one minute) VIDEO showing you just how it works.  When you've finished with the book, return it in our campus book drop, just as you would with a book from our own library.  Easy!  Let us know if you have any questions or comments about this great new service. 

April 4, 2014

The Literature of Prescription:  Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the "Yellow Wall-Paper, " a travelling exhibit from the National Institute of Health, is on display in the lobby of the library until April 19.  In the late nineteenth century, at a time when women were challenging traditional ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life, medical and scientific experts drew on notions of female weakness to justify inequality between the sexes. Artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story titled “The Yellow Wall-Paper.” The famous tale served as an indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women’s professional and creative opportunities. This powerful exhibit chronicles Gilman's life and legacy. 

March 3, 2016

Join us today, Feb 19th, 4:00-5:30, in the lower level of the library for a discussion of the book The Ornament of the World. Laura Elder, Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Intercultural Studies, will frame the book in the context of the theme "Connected Histories."

The event is the third of five reading and discussion series on Muslim journeys, made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association. Curious? Want more information? Stop by today! Refreshments will be served. For more information about the event please visit

February 20, 2014

The library is proud to announce the acquisition of three new online video collections!  Films on Demand, and Academic Video Online cover a wide varieties of disciplines and topics, and stream right to your desktop for immediate viewing. Great for classes, papers and projects, please take a look to see if there is a video there to help YOU make your work even better!  

January 29, 2014

Saint Mary's College is closed on Monday and Tuesday, January 27 and 28, 2014 due to dangerous winter weather and a county-wide travel restriction. The Cushwa-Leighton Library is also closed.  We intend to re-open on Wednesday, January 29 at 7:45 a.m.

(photo: "Closed Sign in Yellowstone" by Bryan Mills, used via Creative Commons license)

January 21, 2014

The library's collection of children's books has been reclassified and relocated!  The new Juvenile collection is on the second floor, near the elevator. All Juvenile Fiction (Easy,
Middle, Young Adult) and Juvenile Non-Fiction books are organized according to the Dewey Decimal System of classification.

January 13, 2014

The Cushwa-Leighton Library is pleased to welcome our new Instruction and Reference Librarian, Ula Gabrielle Gaha. Ula comes to us from Mississippi State University Libraries.  In addition to her master's degree in Library Science, Ula also has a Master of Arts in English Literature. 

Ula will be working with academic departments across campus, including Gender & Women's Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and the Writing Center. 

Her office is in room 110 of the library. Please help us welcome Ula to campus and to the South Bend community!

January 8, 2014

Saint Mary's College is closed on Monday and Tuesday, January 6 and 7, 2014 due to dangerous winter weather. The Cushwa-Leighton Library is also closed.  We intend to re-open on Wednesday, January 8 at 7:45 a.m.

(photo: "Closed Sign in Yellowstone" by Bryan Mills, used via Creative Commons license)

March 3, 2016

Join us today, Nov. 20th, 4:00-5:30, on the top floor of the library for a discussion of the book The House of Wisdom. Laura Elder, Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Intercultural Studies, will frame the book in the context of the theme "Connected Histories."

The event is the second of five reading and discussion series on Muslim journeys, made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association. Curious? Want more information? Stop by today! Refreshments will be served.

November 19, 2013

Great News about Chat reference!

Ever start to ask a question using the Chat box on a library page and lose the connection by leaving the page?  Well, that's no longer a problem!  

We have improved our Chat reference service by making the Chat box pop out of the page when you click on it.  Your chat will stay with you even if you move to another page, until you finish your conversation and close the box.   Finding answers was never easier!  Your librarians are waiting to help you find solutions to your research problems - give it a try!



March 3, 2016
Did you know that the Cushwa-Leighton Library has more than 7,000 eBooks? The college's eBooks are available on one of five platforms. To learn how to access them please visit the eBook library guide. eBook
March 3, 2016

Do you need a statistic to strengthen an argument in your paper? The Statistical Abstract is a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States.

word cloudThe Statistical Abstract previously was compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau. While the data are still collected by governmental departments, the Census Bureau suspended their Statistical Abstract program. The library now subscribes to the abstract through ProQuest.

March 3, 2016
new book list Have you stopped by the "New Books" shelf recently to browse? New books are on the shelves located to the left of the front doors. After new books arrive and are cataloged, they are shelved on the "New Books" shelf for approximately two months.


June 7, 2013

A trial subscription for the database Web of Science has begun. To access off campus, first, from on-campus, access Web of Science, sign in and register a Web of Science account. Then from off-campus use this Web of Science login to access Web of Science. For more information open Off-Campus Access. Web of Science contains multidisciplinary coverage of abstracts from over 12,000 journals and 150,000 conference proceedings in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

The trial consists of: Science Citation Index Expanded; Social Sciences Citation Index; Arts & Humanities Citation Index; Current Chemical Reactions (CCR); and Index Chemicus (IC).

Please provide feedback on the trial via a 5-question survey.

May 1, 2013

Bryn Geffert, Librarian of the College at Amherst College, will discuss new opportunities for changing the publishing paradigm in scholarly communication.

Please join us Tues, April 30, 2013, 7-8 pm in Vander Vennet Theatre in the Student Center on Saint Mary's College campus to hear Mr. Geffert describe his vision of a new future for academic publishing.

October 29, 2013

Online access is now available to the Chronicle of Higher Education, a newspaper published every weekday for the higher education community, containing news, opinion pieces, and job listings.

Visit for access. Off campus, navigate to the Chronicle of Higher Education from the library homepage Quick Links menu.

April 23, 2013

This week, the Cushwa-Leighton Library joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week. Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work, and study.

We also take this time to honor our senior student-workers for their service to our library and to the SMC community: Nora Cawley, Megan Considine, Amie Fleming, Tyler Hernandez, Marian Hunckler, Jessica Lopez, Kari McClowry, Beth Morales, Julie Novak, Gabby O’Connor, Rose Prucknic, Joi Pugh, Heidi Ryan, Mara Scott, Tina Sorensen, and Ciara Ward.

October 8, 2013

Saint Mary's College is showcasing its Civil War era heritage in connection with the One Book, One Michiana project of the St. Joseph County Public Library, which is reading The Killer Angels, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

On exhibit at the Cushwa-Leighton Library through May 11, 2013 are images from the college's archival collections, including letters from students, photographs, and most notably, the "Pinkerton Chair."  The embroidery work on this chair was created by Isabella Pinkerton during her time at Saint Mary's, from 1859 to 1861.  Her father, Allan Pinkerton, directed security for President Lincoln during the war, and went on to establish the Pinkerton Detective Agency.

March 3, 2016

Oxford Islamic Studies Online contains core references and content on Islam. Current titles in the database include The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art & Architecture (2009, 3 volumes), The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (2009, 6 volumes), What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam (2011), and two translations of The Qur'an.

The database has been provided by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant awarded to the library.

March 3, 2016

Does the snow and cold make you want to stay inside with a good book and cup of hot chocolate? Visit the new Leisure Reading Guide for book recommendations, to suggest a book for the library to purchase, or to access free books online. Learn how to get a public library card and even which bus to take to get there. Happy reading!    


Does the snow and cold make you want to stay inside with a good book and cup of hot chocolate? Visit the new Leisure Reading Guide for book recommendations, to suggest a book for the library to purchase, or to access free books online. Learn how to get a public library card and even which bus to take to get there. Happy reading!    

March 3, 2016

The printer in the classroom in the library's lower level (room B11, the Collaboratory) has now been configured to work as a scanner as well as a printer.  It can scan documents, save them as PDF files, and send them to any email address -- all for free! No more hunting for cash to feed the photocopiers, jammed coin slots, or cumbersome paper copies! And even though it only prints in black and white, the printer can scan in color.

Use the touch screen on the front of the printer to select the scanner function, then follow the prompts on the screen. It's very easy, but there are detailed directions posted to the left of the printer if you need help.  You can also ask the librarian at the reference desk for help, or contact us via chat from one of the computers in the classroom.  Happy scanning!

March 3, 2016

The Cushwa-Leighton Library is proud to share our Christmas tree, made from 1,366 volumes from our collection. The 7 ft. 6 in. tall tree (9 ft. wide at the base) was built mostly from withdrawn books and little-used collections of periodicals by library staffers Judy Weeks, Margaret Michaels, and John Kovach and student worker Erin Smith.

The "star" at the top is A Child Asks for a Star, a collection of Christmas poems by Sister M. Madeleva Wolff, C.S.C.

The "gifts" wrapped with bows at the base represent just a few of the books that have been purchased with funds from the library's endowments, and the donors' names are noted on tags with each gift.

See video news coverage of the tree from WNDU News and ABC57 News! We hope you enjoy this festive — and creative — holiday decoration!

March 3, 2016

We apologize for the inconvenience, but access to CatalogPlus from Saint Mary's College, Holy Cross College, and Bethel College is temporarily out of order.  We are working with Notre Dame's library and information technology offices to restore access as soon as possible. 

In the mean time, our Classic Catalog still works, and we encourage you to use it instead of CatalogPlus.  We also encourage you to Ask a Librarian for help whenever you need it -- whether the catalog is working or not!

March 3, 2016

Investigate the library's newest resource, AccessScience, the online edition of McGraw-Hill's 20 volume Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 11th ed.
AccessScience also includes McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms and more than 2000 profiles from the Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Access is on-campus until Nov. 24. After Nov. 24 access will also be available off-campus with Saint Mary's login.

March 3, 2016

Open access week icon

October 22-27 is Open Access Week. Open access is free online access to scholarly material without restrictions. To learn more about open access visit the library's open access guide or talk to a librarian.


The Saint Mary's community is invited to two lectures by Nick Shockey of Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) on open access on Wed., Oct. 31, 2012 at the University of Notre Dame.

10:00-11:30 am, ND Conference Center, McKenna Hall. "The Basics of Open Access."
4:00-5:30 pm, Geddes Hall Auditorium. "Author's Rights."

March 3, 2016

The library is proud to host a display of t-shirts from The Clothesline Project, in collaboration with Saint Mary's College Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO).  The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women. 

Each shirt represents an individual's experience, by the survivor herself or by someone who cares about her.  At Saint Mary's, the shirts may represent a personal experience or be a means to simply speak out against violence.

For more information, please see The Clothesline Project's web site, or contact Belles Against Violence at Saint Mary's College.

March 3, 2016

Oxford English Dictionary logoThe library is pleased to announce that we now have access to the Oxford English Dictionary Online!  The full text of the OED, the definitive dictionary of the English language, is now available to our campus community at any time, from anywhere. 

In addition to the OED, we now also have Oxford Reference Online, a collection of over 200 reference works from Oxford University Press, as well as Oxford Art Online, a portal to Grove Art Online and other Oxford art resources.

March 3, 2016

In a good library, an inquiring mind can seek nourishment in the recorded memory of mankind. It can choose among scores of teachers, boldly explore the vast diversity of human thought and base its conclusions on centuries of evidence. Good libraries are needed to serve and supplement teaching and to support research. A good library helps us to learn continuously, to use our leisure intelligently, and to govern ourselves wisely.

We at Saint Mary's are proud to dedicate the Cushwa-Leighton Library, for it stands as a source of knowledge and embodies our hopes and dreams for a bright future.

-- John M. Duggan, former President, Saint Mary's College

These words are as true today as they were upon the official dedication of the Cushwa-Leighton Library in 1982. Please stop by the library and enjoy the exhibit of pictures and mementos to commemorate the design, construction, and formal opening of the current library 30 years ago. Times have changed, but the overall goals remain the same!

March 3, 2016

Photo of Sister Madeleva

Sister Madeleva Wolff (Mary Evaline Wolff) is synonymous with Saint Mary's College. Indeed, first as a student and later as the College's third President from 1934-1961, Sister Madeleva was instrumental in shaping Saint Mary's into the premier women's college it is today.

In honor of Sister Madeleva's 125th birthday in May, 2012, the Library presents an exhibit focused on her life and accomplishments, including Sister's love of poetry, her many honorary degrees, and a sampling of the individuals whose lives she touched.

Join us in commemorating the birth of this incredible woman whose talents continue to inspire women's leadership and the "teaching of truth," as her legacy lives on today.

March 3, 2016

Our "Ask a Librarian" live online chat service has a new look!  Improvements on both the patron and the librarian end will mean that now we can offer our online chat service during all the hours that the reference desk is open:

  • Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The new Ask a Librarian chat works exactly the same way that the old one did: simply click in the lower box and type to send a message. A librarian will answer your question immediately!  During the hours that the service is unavailable, a link will direct you to our Reference Request Form, to which we will respond as soon as we're back in the office.

We look forward to helping you with your research needs with this new service!

March 3, 2016

Beginning with the Fall 2012 semester, books checked out to faculty and administrators will be due on May 31 of the current academic year, instead of October 1 as they had been previously. This change helps the library better manage our collections and keeps our due dates consistent with due dates for books at Notre Dame's Hesburgh Libraries.

Books currently checked out with a due date of October 1, 2012 may be renewed until May 31, 2013. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lisa Karle, our Collection Management Supervisor.

(Image: Weapons for Work by Flickr user koalazymonkey, licensed via Creative Commons.)

March 3, 2016

Have you noticed the little warning at the top of our Ask a Librarian chat boxes?  We certainly have!  Our Ask a Librarian chat service is powered by Meebo, a free online instant messaging service that was recently purchased by Google. Unfortunately, Google has decided to discontinue Meebo Messenger, the part of Meebo that we rely on for our chat reference service, effective July 11, 2012. 

Don't worry, though! We are actively pursuing a replacement for our service, and have every intention of having the replacement up and running before Meebo disappears on July 11.  And whatever solution we come up with will still work exactly the same from your perspective: click on the chat box and get live help from a librarian here at the Cushwa-Leighton Library. No account necessary, no software installation required. Just click and ask!

March 3, 2016

As final exams approach, we're pleased to announce our extended hours for reading period and finals week:

Friday, May 4 7:45 am-10:00 pm
Saturday, May 5 9:00 am-10:00 pm
Sunday, May 6 9:00 am-2:00 am
Mon-Weds, May 7-9 7:45 am-2:00 am
Thursday, May 10 7:45 am-midnight
Friday, May 11 7:45 am-4:30 pm

No services (circulation, reserves, media center) will be available after midnight.  Good luck with your exams!

March 3, 2016

Justine Siegal, founder of Baseball For All, will give a talk in Vander Vennet Theater in the Student Center on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. in conjunction with the display "Diamond Dreams: Girls and Women in Baseball."

Baseball For All is a non-profit dedicated to providing meaningful opportunities and instruction in baseball, especially for girls. Baseball For All envisions a day when girls will have the same opportunities as boys to compete in baseball at every level of play.  Justine Siegal has played baseball since childhood, playing in high school leagues, men's summer leagues, women's international play, and pitching batting practice for several Major League Baseball teams.

The talk is free and open to the public.

March 3, 2016

Women have been a part of the baseball scene in the United States since 1866. However, most people only associate females and baseball with the movie A League of Their Own

This exhibit showcases female baseball players from the 1860s through players who have been a part of the current USA Baseball National Women's Team. Learn about players like Lizzie Arlington and Clementina Brida, two players from Mahanoy City, PA who went on to baseball fame between 1890 and 1940, as well as players of today, including young women playing both high school and college baseball. 

There is even an exhibit case showing how baseball was first played on the Saint Mary's College campus during Founder's Day in 1905!

There are also trophies, medals, a uniform worn in the filming of A League of Their Own, and a bat used in the television series, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" during an episode featuring an 1870s baseball game!

The exhibit is free and open to the public through June 15, 2012.

Update, May 7, 2012: See John Kovach, Saint Mary's College archivist and the curator of the exhibit, interviewed by WNIT Public Television for their "Experience Michiana" series!

March 3, 2016

Belle Starr, outlaw of the wild westDr. Ima Gonner, a visiting History professor at Saint Mary’s this semester, is missing. At the time of her disappearance, Dr. Gonner was working on an article about women and crime in the 1880s. The focus of her article was the infamous Belle Starr, a female outlaw from the Wild West.

Search the Library after-hours for clues, and use your powers of deduction to determine the whereabouts of Professor Gonner. . .

Friday, April 13 | 8:00-10:00 pm | Cushwa-Leighton Library

Refreshments will be served!  Sign up at the library: individuals or teams. (Junior moms welcome!)

February 9, 2013

Need help with library research? Now you can get help from the library right on your cellphone!

Send a text to 265010 and start your message with "SMCrefdesk," and a librarian will reply with a text message response.

See this How do I? page for more information about texting us at the library!  (Please note that depending on your service plan, sending and receiving text messages may result in charges from your provider. )

April 1, 2012

The fifth annual Saint Mary's College Photography Club open competition is a community wide opportunity for Saint Mary’s College students, staff and faculty to display their creative sensibilities and talents in the medium of photography. This is an open competition that does not specify or require specific subject matter or techniques. The competition is sponsored by the Saint Mary’s College Photography Club and was initially developed as an informal opportunity for the SMC community to share and display its talents. In its fifth year, the Competition is attempting to maintain the informal character of its past while continuing to encourage aspiring talents to share their vision!

Photos entered in the competition will be on display in the library lobby from March 19 through March 31, 2012.

March 3, 2016

Self-portrait by N. Krou 2009An exhibition of screeprint images by students from Prof. Doug Tyler’s courses, created over the past 35 years here at Saint Mary’s College, will be on display at the library through March 14.

The exhibit displays the amazing versatility of the medium of screenprinting and its tremendous affinity for color while also chronicling the depth and breadth of sensitivity and creativity of those students who have participated in Prof. Tyler’s courses over these many years at Saint Mary’s College. Various processes are on display including direct stencil printing, color separated halftones, and computer assisted images among others.

(Image: Self-portrait by N. Krou, 2009)

March 3, 2016

frog On Leap Day the Faculty Writing Group is sponsoring a workshop on Zotero, a tool to collect, manage, and cite research sources. (Image: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License)
: Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, 12:00-1:00
Where: Library classroom, lower level, B11
Who: Sue Wiegand, Kitty Marschall,
Suzanne Hinnefeld, and Amy Cavender

February 3, 2012

Check out the Cushwa-Leighton Library's Winter Newsletter (pdf), with news and updates about our new library hours, books that are being turned into movies, and our newest librarian! 

March 3, 2016

The library has started a trial subscription to a new collection of 130 electronic reference sources (subject encyclopedias, handbooks, source books...) called the Gale Virtual Reference Library. The trial runs until Feb. 23.

Title examples:

Encyclopedia of Adolescence, 3 vol., 2011

Encyclopedia of Religion 2nd ed, 15 vol., 2005

Encyclopedia of Research Design, 3 vol., 2010

Please let us know what you think of the format, accessibility, and content of this new resource by sending email to Suzanne Hinnefeld,!

March 3, 2016

Welcome back from the winter holidays!  In response to student requests, the Cushwa-Leighton Library is pleased to announce that we will be opening two hours earlier on Sundays.  Starting on Sunday, January 22, we will open the library at 11:00 a.m. rather than 1:00 p.m.  Reference librarians will be available starting at 1:00 p.m. 

To compensate for the additional Sunday hours, we will be closing two hours earlier on Fridays, at 8:00 p.m. instead of 10:00 p.m.  (Image from Flickr user ehoyer, licensed via Creative Commons.)

March 3, 2016

The Cushwa-Leighton Library is proud to host an exhibit of handmade wooden toys by South Bend toymaker and craftsman George Efta from December 6 through January 31. Titled simply, "Toys," the exhibit showcases puzzles and other toys made by Efta and other artists.

Efta is recognized as one of the nation's foremost craftsmen of wooden toys and puzzles. He has made cars, planes, and other mobile toys but now is primarily focused on producing colorful tray puzzles, some of which are double layered.

An artist's reception in planned for Monday, December 12 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the library. All are invited to attend.

March 3, 2016

In recognition of the Advent Season and of November as All Saints Month, the Cushwa-Leighton Library is exhibiting icons by the hand of Janet Johnson from October 31 through December 22, 2011. The exhibit features portraits of Christ and the saints painted in traditional icon style, along with drawings of the Madonna and Child Jesus, all by local Mishawaka artist Janet Johnson.

An opening reception with the artist will be held at the library on Thursday, November 3 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 6:15.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Center for Spirituality and the Art Department.

March 3, 2016

The library is delighted to welcome Suzanne Hinnefeld as our new Collection Development / Reference and Instruction librarian!  She'll be managing the development of our book collection, as well as handling the licensing of article databases and other electronic resources. 

Suzanne is a longtime resident of South Bend who comes to us from her previous position as the head of reference at the Good Library at Goshen College. Her background is in the biological sciences, and she has worked in biomedical and biochemical research before pursuing a career as a librarian.

You'll be seeing Suzanne at the reference desk soon, so please stop by and say hello! We're very glad she's joined the library and the Saint Mary's College community.

March 3, 2016

During Banned Books Week 2011, join us for daily readings of selections from banned and challenged books!  Every day from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Mother Pauline Room, students, faculty, and administrators will read selections from their favorite banned books.  Friday's readings include:

Caitlin Housley: Lord of the Flies; Megan Steron: Of Mice and Men; and Regina Wilson: Beloved.

An exhibit of Banned Book Week posters designed by the students of Robert Sedlack's design course at Notre Dame will be exhibited in the library atrium.

March 3, 2016

On Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3, JSTOR will be performing maintenance on its database.  You will still be able to search, access, and download JSTOR articles, but you won't be able to create a MyJSTOR account, save articles to your MyJSTOR account, or make changes to your account. 

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you enjoy the football game.

August 24, 2011

Welcome back to Saint Marys, and a special welcome to our incoming Class of 2015 first-year students!  We hope you'll find lots of good things at the library this year, but here are some highlights to look for this fall:

  • The Leisure Reading Collection is updated, expanded, and relocated!  Now centrally located in the middle of the computing area on the main floor, and updated with recommended titles from students like you! Stop by and pick up a fun book for when homework just gets to be too much.
  • Group study rooms!  Use one of our group study spaces on the first mezzanine or second floor for your group projects or just when you need to study with friends. One of them even has a TV with a DVD/VCR player for group viewing of videos!
  • Live online chat! Get help with library research live online via chat or text message!  Look for the chat boxes on our website, or send a text to 265010 and start your message with SMCrefdesk for live, just-in-time research help.

And best wishes from the staff of the Cushwa-Leighton Library for a successful academic year!

March 3, 2016

Just in time for Final Exams, it's the return of a campus tradition: the Stress Free Zone at the Cushwa-Leighton Library!

Join us on Monday, May 9 and Tuesday, May 10 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm for food, drinks, games, coloring pages, and some special surprises in the Mother Pauline Room on the second floor of the library!  This semester's Stress Free Zone is generously co-sponsored by Sodexo and the Belles Against Violence Office.

(Image from Flickr user Virtualphotographystudio, licensed via Creative Commons.)

March 3, 2016

Need a place to study with friends? We have several group study rooms available here in the library!

There are three rooms on the First Mezzanine (next floor up from the first floor) at the back of the building, and two rooms on the 2nd floor near the front of the building. Each room has a chalkboard, and one of the rooms on the 2nd floor has a TV with a VCR/DVD player for group viewings of videos!

All rooms are first-come, first-served, so play fair and let your classmates have a chance to use them, too. And good luck on your finals from your friends at the Cushwa-Leighton Library!

(Photo courtesy of UBC Library Graphics, licensed via Creative Commons)

March 3, 2016

On Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m., on the 2nd mezzanine level of the library, Assistant Professor of English Frances Hwang and her creative writing students will read from their original works.

Professor Hwang has taught creative writing and English at Saint Mary’s College since 2007.  A graduate of Brown University and the University of Montana, she is the author of the short story collection Transparency, and her fiction has appeared in Tin House, Subtropics, Glimmer Train, and The New Yorker, among other magazines.

This event is presented in conjunction with National Library Week, and is co-sponsored by the Cushwa-Leighton Library and the Department of English.

March 3, 2016

Please join us for a fiction reading by Kelcey Parker on Wednesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m., on the 2nd Mezzanine (south). Parker is the author of For Sale By Owner, a collection of stories published by Kore Press in February 2011. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati and currently directs the creative writing program at Indiana University South Bend.

This reading is part of a series of events celebrating National Library Week and its theme of "Create Your Own Story @ Your Library.” It is made possible through the generous support of the Department of English and Cushwa-Leighton Library.

March 3, 2016

On Thursday, April 14 at 3:00 p.m., join the librarians and library staff as we celebrate National Library Week with a cake reception!

National Library Week is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians. All types of libraries participate, and this year’s theme is “Create Your Own Story @ Your Library.  This event is co-sponsored by the Cushwa-Leighton Library and the Department of English.

March 3, 2016

On Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m., Sister Eva Mary Hooker, C.S.C., and Max Westler will read from their new chapbooks. Sister Eva is Writer In Residence at Saint Mary's College and a faculty member in the English Department.  Max Westler is Professor of English at Saint Mary's College.  The reading will take place on the 2nd Mezzanine level of the Cushwa-Leighton Library and the public is encouraged to attend.

This event is presented in conjunction with National Poetry Month and is co-sponsored by the Cushwa-Leighton Library and the Department of English.

March 3, 2016

IRS form 1040The library now has 2010 Federal and Indiana state tax forms available for students, faculty, staff, and the general public. We also have a comprehensive binder of forms that you can photocopy and use.  If you can't find what you need in our collection, please try these links:

While we cannot give tax advice, if you need help finding a particular form, please Ask a Librarian!

March 3, 2016

Friday, March 4, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., everyone is welcome to join us in a drumming and rhythm circle with Judith Hizer and friends. Bring your own drum and percussion instrument! Followed by an open microphone for peace. Share an original or favorite poem or thought on peace, war, and reconciliation. We also will be making two panels from Saint Mary's for the CodePink peace ribbon currently exhibited in the library.

Refreshments will be provided. Co-sponsored by Justice Education, CWIL, and the Cushwa-Leighton Library.

March 3, 2016

Monday, February 28 at 4:00 p.m. at the Cushwa-Leighton Library, "Wisconsin From The Inside Out: A Conversation on Labor Issues and Politics."

A look at the mounting protests throughout the state of Wisconsin and spreading to Indiana and elsewhere on issues affecting working people, including their right to organize unions and make a living wage.

Join the conversation to learn more and how to reflect on these issues as people of faith with Barbara Fick, labor law expert at Notre Dame Law School, Tony Flora, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers Union at South Bend, and Jan Pilarski, Director on Justice Education on the Catholic tradition on work and labor.

Sponsored by the Justice Education Program. (Image from Flickr user rochelle, et al., licensed via Creative Commons.)

March 3, 2016

Bet you didn't know you could chat live online with a librarian!

This chat box is available on the "Get Help" page, the "Getting Started with Library Research" page, and right here on the front page. Any time you see it and the librarian is online, type a question for immediate, personal help! If the librarian isn't online, leave a message with your contact info, and we'll get back to you as soon as we're back online.

Need help? Ask a librarian!

March 3, 2016

At noon on Monday, February 14 in the Mother Pauline Room of the Cushwa-Leighton Library, Karen Jacob, national chair of WAND (Women's Action for New Directions) will host a conversation entitled "Women Empowered for Peace: Models of Change and Hope."

Karen Jacob is a peace activist and advocate who chairs the national board of Women's Action for New Directions. WAND lobbies against militarism at the expense of other critical needs here in the U.S. Karen Jacob is a past recipient of the Gandhi Peace Prize for her consistent activism and lifetime work for peace.

A light lunch will be served.  This event is co-sponsored by the Cushwa-Leighton Library, the Justice Education Program, and the Center for Women's InterCultural Leadership.

February 8, 2011

A conversation considering the thought and lives of three distinguished thinkers at a remembrance of the year’s anniversary of their deaths:

The Catholic theologian Edward Schillebeeckx (died December 23, 2009) will be remembered by Sr. Kathleen Dolphin, Director of the Center for Spirituality at Saint Mary’s College. The feminist theologian Mary Daly (died January 3, 2010) will be remembered by Prof. Stacy Davis of the Religious Studies Department at the College. The social historian and activist Howard Zinn (died January 27, 2010) will be remembered by Jan Pilarski, Director of the College’s Justice Education Program.

The public and college community are invited to participate in this conversation. [read more]

March 3, 2016

On Wednesday, February 9 at noon in the Mother Pauline Room, Pat Hunt, Co-chair of Chicago CodePink, will lead a discussion based on CodePink's anti-war organizing and how art has brought a deeper expression of the toll of the Iraq War. This talk is presented in connection with the CodePink Peace Ribbon displayed in the Library.

A light lunch will be provided.

Co-Sponsored by the Justice Education Program, the Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership, and the Cushwa-Leighton Library.

March 3, 2016

Twenty panels of the CODEPINK Peace Ribbon are currently on display at the library through March 11, 2011.  A series of programs is being scheduled in connection with the exhibit.

CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming activities.

The Peace Ribbon Project honors the victims of the Iraq War by creating a cloth memorial panel to individual fallen soldiers, Iraqi civilians, and others affected by the wars. It is an ongoing grassroots project where individuals and groups make a panel. Over 400 panels have been completed.

March 3, 2016

Welcome back to the "spring" semester! (Doesn't look much like spring out there, does it? Sorry about those three feet of snow we got last week!)

The librarians want you to know that we are here to help with any library, information, or research task that you have.  And to prove it, we're expanding the hours that we're at the reference desk: we're now available starting at 9:00 a.m. on weekdays, right through until 5:00 p.m.  We're also on the desk from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sundays.  That's a lot of help!

The reference desk is located right next to the computer terminals on the main floor of the library. The librarian is there to help you, so don't be shy!  Come by and talk with us. We'll loan you a pencil or give you a paperclip, too.  (And sometimes we have chocolate!)  (Image from Flickr user ehoyer, licensed via Creative Commons.)

March 3, 2016

The library is pleased to announce that we now offer online access to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the South Bend Tribune, and over 850 other international, national, regional, and local newspapers, through ProQuest Newsstand.  This fully-searchable database contains archived issues going back as far as 1980, and is updated daily with today's news. 

ProQuest Newsstand was selected as a less expensive, and easier to use, alternative to the New York Times in microfilm.  The library will continue to receive the New York Times daily in print.

(Image from Flickr user Michael @ NW Lens, licensed by Creative Commons)

December 3, 2010

Find out what's been happening at the library this semester: take a look at the December 2010 issue of the Library Newsletter -- now in full-color PDF format for your viewing convenience!  Highlights include the new Leisure Reading Collection, a new online newspaper database, and the Saint John's Bible!

October 8, 2010

Join us for an interesting talk and discussion by Prof. Ujvala Rajadhyaksha on Thursday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. Prof. Rajadhyaksha will present a response to the Ladli: Beloved Daughter photography exhibit currently at the Cushwa-Leighton Library.

These photos by internationally recognized Fazal Sheikh witness the lives of India's forgotten daughters. All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

The Ladli exhibit continues through October 15.

March 3, 2016

Looking for a fun book to read when your classwork just gets to be too much?  We've got just the thing here at the library! 

We've pulled together some of our more popular fiction and non-fiction books, and placed them right inside the front door so you can find them easily.  We've got New York Times bestsellers and other books we think you might like to read for fun.  Stop by and see what's there -- you never know what you might find!

And if there's a book you'd like us to add, let us know.  We want to hear what you want to read!

August 17, 2010

Welcome back to campus, everyone, and a special welcome to our incoming Class of 2014!  We hope your summer was fun and restful, and that you're ready for an exciting new academic year here at Saint Mary's!

In response to student requests, we have collected some fun books in our new Leisure Reading Collection, located just inside the front doors to the library.  Stop by and check out a book to take your mind off your classwork!

And of course, don't forget to stop by when you have a research assignment this semester -- remember, to get help at the library, all you have to do is ask!

March 3, 2016

To help provide a quiet, productive environment for study, the Cushwa-Leighton Library is pleased to announce its extended hours for Finals Week:

  • Monday, May 3-Wednesday, May 5: 7:45 am - 2:00 am
  • Thursday, May 6: 7:45 am - 12 midnight
  • Friday, May 7: 7:45 am - 4:30 pm
  • Summer hours begin Saturday, May 8

For more details on library hours, please see our complete hours page, and good luck with your final exams!  (Image from Flickr user ehoyer, licensed via Creative Commons.)

June 1, 2010

The Cushwa-Leighton Library is proud to host an exhibit entitled "Asian Beauty Trespassing Borders," featuring works from the faculty of the Nanjing Art Institute this spring.  

The exhibit features works from the following artists:

  • Zhou Jungxin, the Vice President of the Nanjing Art Institute's Department of Fine Arts, who has permanent collections throughout China,
  • Zhang Youxian, the Associate Dean at NAI, who is best known for his Chinese traditional paintings, and
  • Yang Zhilin, a professor at NAI, known for his non-traditional Chinese methods in painting.
March 3, 2016

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a poetry reading on Thursday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Library, featuring the students of Prof. Westler reading their original poetry. The students who will be reading their poetry are Jordan Bartrom, Jennifer Becker, Katherine Brown, Lauren DeBruce, Kelsey Knoedler, Lauren Konopacz, Kristy Kucharski, Kathryn Lynch, Kathleen Mause, Bridget Ronayne, Emily Sauer, Matthew Slomski, Alicia Smith, Lisa Sommers, and Megan Sotak.

March 3, 2016

You've seen them in libraries around the country: the famous READ posters, featuring celebrities and their favorite books.  Now, in honor of National Library Week, the Cushwa-Leighton Library is proud to unveil our own series of READ posters, featuring local celebrities: our senior student workers!

The series of four posters highlights the contributions of our student workers to the smooth operation of the library -- view the complete series of posters to see all our graduating seniors, and be sure to thank our loyal students when you see them!

March 3, 2016

The Saint Mary's College Photography Club is pleased to announce that the selected works from the Annual Photo Competition are on display in the Cushwa-Leighton Library.  Please stop by to see the exhibition and vote for your favorite photograph in the People's Choice Award, one of the evolving traditions of the competition.

The competition awards will be presented at the exhibition's Closing Ceremony to be held Friday, April 16 at 5:00 pm in the Library. Please come, bring a friend and be part of the festivities!

(Image from Flickr user BigTallGuy, licensed by Creative Commons.)

February 4, 2013

Help us improve the library, get snacks and a goody bag, and enter a drawing to win a Vera Bradley makeup kit - all in just an hour!

We need small groups of students to participate in focus groups with library staff:  you'll talk with us about how you use the library and what you like and don't like about it, so we can make the library work better for you. Use this link to sign up for an appointment during the week of April 12-16, or contact Margaret Michaels at or 574-284-5299 for an appointment!

Thank you for your help!

March 3, 2016

We're pleased to announce that we have a trial subscription to Credo Reference, an online reference collection featuring full-text content from hundreds of reference books in a wide variety of subjects.  Credo Reference includes over 3 million entries, as well as images, pronunciations, and sound clips.

To explore Credo Reference, go to  You can view a video tour of its main features, and also find a printable user guide (PDF).

Our trial subscription extends through April 26, so please give this new resource a try, and let us know what you think!  (You may especially want to compare Credo Reference with our current subscription to Oxford Reference Online.)  Comments may be sent to Julie Long,

March 26, 2010

It's the last week for the "We're MarCom" exhibit at the library! Come and see what the creative people in Marketing and Communications do for the College and in their spare time. The exhibit closes this Thursday, March 25.

February 18, 2010

We're pleased to announce that we now have access to Art and Architecture Complete via EBSCOhost.  This database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 730
academic journals, magazines and trade publications with full text for
over 330 periodicals and 215 books, and an Image Collection of over 64,000 images.

Art and Architecture Complete replaces our previous subscription to Art Full Text from Wilson.

March 3, 2016

Laissez les bon temps roulez!

February 15, 2010

Due to upgrades in the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at Notre Dame, certain library tools, including the catalog, off-campus access to databases, and the "Find Text" button in databases, will be offline from 11:00 p.m. Saturday, February 13, until possibly as late as 11:00 a.m. Sunday, February 14.

We apologize for the disruption.  For more details from the OIT, please see this link.

March 3, 2016

During the month of February, the library is offering a trial of Films on Demand from Films Media Group. The collection consists of over 6,000 films in the humanities, social sciences, business, economics, sciences, mathematics, health, and medicine from such top-quality producers as PBS, BBC, Films for the Humanities and Sciences, and many more. You can watch entire films or pre-defined segments.  To preview the collection of films, go to and log in with the username mlc and password trial.

Let us know what you think of this resource! Please send feedback to Julie Long at

March 3, 2016

Need help with library research? Now you can get help from the library right on your cellphone!

Send a text/SMS message to 265010 and start your message with "SMCrefdesk," and a librarian will reply with a text message response. 

Please note that depending on your service plan, sending and receiving text messages may result in charges from your provider. 

See this How do I? page for more information about texting us at the library!

January 4, 2010

Welcome back to a new semester!  We hope you had a restful, relaxing, and most of all joyous holiday break, and that you're ready to tackle the new semester in style.  Be sure to stop by and say hello, or ask us for help when your research assignments start rolling in.  In the mean time, enjoy the snow!

December 9, 2009

Is your professor requiring you to use the Chicago Manual of Style (humanities style) to format your papers this semester?  Wondering how to get Microsoft Word to do footnotes?  Never fear, the library can help!  Here's a quick video that shows you how, in less than 60 seconds.  Still confused?  Ask a librarian!

November 22, 2009

We hate to remind you, but finals are coming up soon.  Do you need to get together with some friends for a study group?  Or maybe you need a space where you can practice that big group presentation for class.  Either way, the library can help! 

We have five group study rooms -- three on the 1st mezzanine floor, and two on the 2nd floor -- with tables, chairs, and chalkboards for groups to use.  One of the rooms even has a TV/VCR/DVD player for group viewing of videos. 

The rooms are kept unlocked, and they've available on a first come, first served basis.  Please ask at the main desk if you have any questions.  And good luck with your finals!

November 11, 2009

It's that time of year: books you checked out a few weeks ago will be due soon!  But what if you're still using them?  It's easy to renew your books online!  Check out our new "How Do I Renew My Books?" page that explains how it works.

November 12, 2009

EBSCO has just announced a new version of its databases, optimized for mobile computing devices like the iPhone and BlackBerry.  Now you can search Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, ERIC, PsycINFO, and other EBSCO databases from your smartphone.  Follow this link to get to the new mobile interface and try it out. [...]

November 17, 2009

The library has a trial subscription to Art and Architecture Complete (currently in a beta version) through December 15.  Art and Architecture Complete offers indexing and abstracts for more than 630 academic journals, magazines and trade publications as well as for over 150 books with full-text coverage of more than 250 of the periodicals. Subject coverage includes antiques, art and art history, interior and landscape design, and much more.

We're especially interested in how this database compares with our current art database, Wilson's Art Full Text.  So please try it out, and let Julie Long ( know what you think! 

November 2, 2009

Have you ever had a quick question about the library that you needed an answer to fast, but you didn't want to leave your cozy dorm room to go ask a librarian in person?  We've got the solution for you! 

Chat with us live online using our built-in chat window on the Get Help page!  Just click in the box and type, and if one of our librarians is online, we'll answer your question lickety-split.  The chat window even tells you whether a librarian is online to answer your question or not. 

Ready to give it a try?  Click here to visit our Get Help page and chat now!

December 14, 2009

The Interlibrary Loan department needs a student worker for 5-7 hours per week, starting immediately! (read more...)

November 13, 2009

September 26 - October 3

What’s your favorite banned book?

Enter a contest in the Library to win a tote bag, t-shirt, or travel mug...

September 29, 2009

We're pleased to announce that Naxos Music Library, an online streaming collection of classical, jazz, and world music CDs, is now available through the Cushwa-Leighton Library's web site. 

September 29, 2009

The Cushwa-Leighton Library is proud to unveil our new web site, completely redesigned to be easier and faster to use. You'll notice that the navigation menu on the left appears on every page of the new site, along with helpful tips and our hours on the right. We hope you'll find that the new site provides a convenient entry point for library research.

December 14, 2009

Welcome back, students, and a special welcome to our new first-year students!  We hope this academic year is an excellent one for you, full of learning and fun.  Please stop by and talk with us whenever you have questions about library research - we're always happy to help!

August 21, 2009

We're pleased to announce three new online reference tools from Oxford University Press: 

Try them out, and let us know if you have any questions!