Baker Reading Room Reorganized

By - Library Web Services / Archives Assistant October 7th, 2016


The new furniture is assembled an in place in the Baker Reading Room of Ohrstrom Library. Next time you are in the library make sure to stop in and see how things look. Bring your homework and try out the new study table and chairs and let us know what you think!



Summer of Construction

By - Library Web Services / Archives Assistant 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.








New Archives Online Exhibit: Ohrstrom Library Celebrates 25 Years

By - Library Web Services / Archives Assistant May 5th, 2016


Construction of the roof and tower of Ohrstrom Library as seen from the scaffolding surrounding the chimney – taken in the fall of 1989.

A new online exhibit is available on the Ohrstrom Library Digital Archives website: Ohrstrom Library Celebrates 25 Years. This exhibit features sixteen photographs from the St. Paul’s School Archives collection that document the planning, construction, and dedication of Ohrstrom Library twenty-five years ago this spring.

From the introduction:

On the 25th Anniversary of Ohrstrom Library, we are pleased to present this exhibit highlighting some of these events that were the result of years of careful planning and great thought by many who cared deeply for the role of the library at St. Paul’s School.

Take a few moments to enjoy the photographs, descriptions and slide show of Ohrstrom Library, celebrating this milestone in the history of St. Paul’s School’s dedicated tradition of academic excellence.

Access the online exhibit by clicking HERE.

Ohrstrom Library Celebrates 25 Years

By - Library Web Services / Archives Assistant April 18th, 2016


A selection of games, puzzles and coloring pages on hand for Wednesday evening’s celebration.

Twenty-five years ago this week, over the weekend of April 20-21, 1991, the St. Paul’s School community gathered together for the dedication of Ohrstrom Library, which in the tradition of Sheldon Library before it, has faithfully supported the teaching, research, and fellowship of SPS students and faculty since its Inauguration.

To commemorate the Library’s Silver Anniversary, Mr. Barry, the Library staff and Library prefects Jack, Fiona, Hasna, Katrina, Mat and Jerry invite you to enjoy an evening of games, music and cake on Wednesday evening at 8:00. Dozens of board and card games will be available to use or feel free to bring your own games and teams.

Ohrstrom Library’s first Director Rosemarie Cassels-Brown, who retired in 1993, two years after the library opened, was instrumental in framing an enduring vision for Ohrstrom Library. She was an integral part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony in 1991, and this Wednesday evening at 8pm, she will be on hand to cut the first piece of Ohrstrom’s birthday cake in the library’s main lobby.


Ohrstrom Library, from the top of the New Chapel tower, taken during graduation on June 2, 1991.

There is also an exhibit of photographs from the archives on display in the upper level lobby, celebrating the vision, construction and dedication of Ohrstrom Library 25 years ago. Next time you visit the library, stop by the upper level exhibit cases and learn about how our wonderful library came into being.

Ohrstrom Library Welcomes You

By - Research & Instruction Librarian September 4th, 2014


Welcome back and welcome to new students and faculty beginning at St. Paul’s School.

The library is happy to see you!

When is the building open? Generally, the library doors are open 7:45 a.m. – 9:55 pm with slight variations for weekends and Wednesday mornings (no Chapel!). A complete description of the library’s operating hours is available here.

The library site is home to our dozens of digital collections including ebooks, eNewspapers, eJournals, statistics and digital archives.

If you are off-campus and need to access any of the digital library material, please first log in, with your SPS username and password to

Welcome to a great new school year!


Image Credit:

Ohrstrom Weathervane. 3 Sept. 2014. Personal photograph by Lisa Laughy. Instagram. Web. 4 Sept. 2014.

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