Mysterious Stranger

By - Systems Librarian May 1st, 2017


Who is this mysterious stranger seen lurking in the archives? You will need to wait until Anniversary Weekend to find out!


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Summer of Construction

By - Systems Librarian September 7th, 2016


Ohrstrom Library has had a very busy summer! While you were away, the building was renovated on all three floors as well as to the exterior. Here is a list of changes and improvements made:

  • A new access ramp has been constructed at the front entrance
  • The main stairwell has been completely redesigned and a glass doorway has been added on the lower level
  • The Baker Reading Room will have new furniture installed by the beginning of October
  • Glass doors have been added to the Pillsbury and Reference room entrances on the main level and the Fine Arts Room and Shakespeare Room on the upper level
  • The open spaces between the Pillsbury Room ceiling and the Fine Arts Room floor have been sealed to create quieter study areas
  • The lower level print book collection is now installed in user-accessible compact shelving
  • Major renovations to the archives include the addition of compact shelving, the replacement of the “cage” with walls, and a new glass access door
  • The Penner CIT conference room has been converted into an office space for the newly created position of Director of Institutional Research
  • The lower level lobby has been renovated to extend the wood paneling from the stairwell throughout the lobby

link to Flickr slideshow

An exhibit documenting the construction is on display at the front desk of the library, and features a slide show of photographs taken over the summer.

The slide show is also visible on the Ohrstom Library Flickr account by clicking the image on the left or the link HERE.

The final aspects of the renovations will be completed in the next few weeks, so please excuse any disruptions while the work is finishing up.








Presidential Libraries

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 7th, 2014

presidential library photo

Is your Hum. 4 paper researching an important moment, decision, personality related to a particular U.S. President?

In the U.S., many past Presidents each have a presidential library devoted to collecting, curating and making accessible content created both by, during and for that particular President’s tenure.

Many of these Presidential Libraries have been digitizing this content.

This content (primary sources!) can be incredibly helpful especially when paired with the body of scholarly literature (available using SPS Library eCollections) on the topic.

To determine if there is a Presidential Library devoted to your President, consult this page from the National Archives (, in particular the “Visit Libraries Online” section over to the left.


Photo by Tim Evanson

Fresh Content: Times {of London} Digital Archive

By - Research & Instruction Librarian March 25th, 2013

The SPS Library has, for several years, purchased access to the Times {of London} digital archive.

Over the March Break, an additional 20 years of content was added to the archive, now offering newspaper articles from 1785-2007 (over 3.4 million newspaper articles).

Additionally, the interface was upgraded.  This sleeker interface also allows for cross-searching the Library’s other UK newspaper archive, the Illustrated London News.



Ohrstrom Library Digital Archives now on Facebook

By - Systems Librarian September 13th, 2012

Ohrstrom Library Digital Archives now has a page on Facebook.  You can keep up with what is new with the OLDA website, see photographs from the history of St. Paul’s School, get a regular dose of doggerel from Nugalia, among other interesting things.  Click through the link HERE and “like” the Ohrstrom Library Digital Archives Facebook page now, and invite all your SPS friends to do the same!

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