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Library Mission and Facts

Library Mission Statement

The Cushwa-Leighton Library and its staff provide 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.

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.