Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ILL downtime, July 27

Our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system will go through an upgrade on Monday, July 27, between 10am and Noon.

ILL will be unavailable during that time and ILL requests placed during that time may not go through. Please hold your ILL requests until the afternoon of July 27.

If you think you placed an ILL request during this time frame and you want to check its status, just login to the ILL system and look at your Pending Requests to see that the item was submitted. If it does not show up under Pending Requests (or anywhere else on your ILL homepage), then submit the item again or contact the ILL department at:

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Reference Universe off-campus access is back

Good news: Reference Universe (a database to help you find content in print and e-book reference materials) is now available for access off-campus. In the past we had some problems using this database when we weren't in the library, but the issues have been resolved and this should work for you on- or off-campus.

Let us know if you are still having issues accessing and using Reference Universe.

Friday, June 26, 2015

ILL update, June 29

On the morning of June 29 our interlibrary loan (ILL) pages will be getting an upgrade. All of the content will remain the same, but the pages are changing to look more like the St. Kate's Library pages.

There should be no interruption in ILL service, but do let us know if you experience any issues -

Friday, June 5, 2015

Archives Summer Hours

The Archives and Special Collections will be open limited hours during the summer.

June and July
Tuesday and Thursday
10 - 4:30


As always, please make an appointment before visiting.  Contact us at 651.690.6553 or  We are located in CDC 62 in the lower level of the St. Paul Library.

Regular weekday hours will resume beginning Tuesday, September 8th.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Vogue Archive!

We now have access to the Vogue Archive, a searchable database of Vogue magazine back to its inception - 1892!

What's so cool about this archive is that it searches everything in the magazine - articles, image captions, advertisements...everything!

And what's even more awesome - full-page, color images. High quality images. Condé Nast, the publisher of Vogue, made sure the images were up to their high standards, so it really is like you're flipping through the magazine.

Search tip: if you want to limit to a certain time period, go to the Advanced Search page and change the Publication Date to a certain date or a range of months or years.

If you need help searching the Vogue Archive, just ask a librarian.

Archives Photographs Part of Digital Public Library of America

Photographs from the Archives that were contributed to Minnesota Reflections, a project of the Minnesota Digital Library, are now part of the Digital Public Library of America.  A total of 59 images from St. Catherine were added to the DPLA site.

The Digital Public Library of America brings together resources from across the country into an online portal for discovery and use. It also encourages the development of apps that provide creative ways to search and visualize the items contained in the DPLA.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Archives Display: May Festivities

This month's display features items from St. Kate's Archives relating to May Fête and Dew Drop Bop. Throughout St. Kate’s history, students have marked the passage of the academic year and the arrival of spring with a festival held in May.

Originally called Whoopee Day, the tradition was begun in 1938.  From 1939-1986, students celebrated it as May Fête, an annual event similar to May Day. An article in the April 24, 1947 Wheel described it this way:
For freshmen who have heard much talk and seen little action, May Fete is the school's contribution to Living A Life of Confusion and most of the planning is done behind locked doors . . . witness the soph skit and senior Varsity Show.
The May Fête revelry included a May pole dance (with the lamp post located inside the campus gate on Randolph Avenue serving as the May pole). Students gathered along the streets of campus to watch a parade in which Freshmen dressed in thematic costumes (often relating to their studies or extracurricular interests), drove cars that were decorated with balloons, flowers and other adornments. In the afternoon, Katies enjoyed the chance to take canoe rides on Dew Drop Pond. May Fête activities concluded with a play performed in honor of the senior class.

Students perform a May Pole dance.
In addition to providing fun, one of the purposes was to raise funds for a major project on the campus.  The first project was converting a former greenhouse into an addition to the student tea room in Whitby.  The second was to raise enough money to erect a shrine to Our Lady of Peace. It took 5 years, but the Shrine was dedicated in 1943.  The statue still stands on campus, now located on the south side of the CDC.

Since 1987, the annual May celebration has been known as the Dew Drop Bop. Whereas May Fête involved pageantry and performances such as a parade and a play, the Dew Drop Bop is similar to a modern day carnival held on the Quad.  The event features rides, games, crafts, live music, and food. Dew Drop Bop is an opportunity for students to socialize and celebrate the end of another academic year. True to its name, the Dew Drop Bop culminates with a dance held in the evening.

This display will be on view during the month of May on the main level of the St. Paul Library, in the case in front of the video of the carrels. Stop by to learn more!