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Library Mission and Facts

Library Mission Statement

In keeping with the mission statement of Saint Mary's College, the Cushwa-Leighton Library offers a physical and virtual user-centered environment providing access to information in a variety of formats in support of the curricular, research, and information needs of our students, faculty and staff, as well as the broader scholarly community.


  • To provide a balanced collection of information resources to meet the curricular, research, and informational needs of the College community.
  • To develop in users the necessary knowledge, skills and critical thinking to search for, evaluate, select, and apply the information they need.
  • To work collaboratively with other departments to create a campus-wide learning environment.
  • To encourage and facilitate access to and use of a variety of informaiton resources, including those not available in our library.
  • To oversee the physical condition of the collection, maintaining and conserving it for future generations of users.
  • To serve as an archival repository for maintaining and disseminating the scholarship, history and culture of the College.

Library Facts

The Cushwa-Leighton Library opened in 1982, named for major benefactors Margaret Hall Cushwa, SMC '30 and Mary Lou Morris Leighton, replacing the Alumnae Centennial Library which is now Haggar Center. The library has over 260,000 volumes and access to over 12,000 journal titles in both print and electronic formats. The building has 77,000 square feet and provides 540 seats for users. The library has public access computers on the main floor and houses a computer cluster in the Trumper Computer Center, as well as the Huisking Family Instructional Technology Resource Center (ITRC). Belle Aire wireless access is available throughout the library. The library is open over 100 hours per week during the academic year.