The Spirit Will Teach You All Things is the name of the seven stained-glass windows that loom majestically over the main reading room of the Library.
The late Richard J. Daley, the former mayor of Chicago and the father of Richard M. Daley, donated the windows to Saint Xavier University in honor of his father, Michael J. Daley. St. Louis artist Robert Frei designed the exquisite windows as an artistic rendering of Saint Xavier’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences.
Symbols for the classical trivium and quadrivium are embedded in the windows. From left to right, the windows represent grammar and art, rhetoric, logic, geometry, mathematics, astronomy, and music.
The Holy Spirit, portrayed as a dove in flight, soars over the whole to signify wisdom, the goal of all learning.
The Main Room is designated a quiet study area. It includes PC and Mac workstations, and a multi-page scanner. This room also contains the SXU Author book collection and the small Manga collection.
The Library provides group study rooms for SXU students. The rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and reservations can be made using a link from within the Resources area on your mySXU portal page.
These rooms are ONLY for current SXU students meeting outside of class. SXU students may reserve assigned rooms in one-hour blocks to a maximum of 4 hours per day.
Groups of 2-4 may reserve room L349 D,F,H,J, or K, all of which have wireless access, whiteboard, and display monitor.
Groups of 4-8 may reserve room L349 C, E,G, or I, all of which have wireless access, whiteboard, and display monitor. L349C does not have a display monitor.
Groups of 4-10 may reserve the Haddad Conference Room, which has a DVD player, monitor, and wireless access.
You can check out display monitor connector cords at the Circulation desk; plug your laptops into the box on the wall -- NOT directly into the monitor.
There are two first-come group study rooms downstairs ... these are for quiet group study, as they are within designated quiet areas. (The Juvenile Collection room is one of these spaces.)
There is one small first-come group study room upstairs in the stacks. This area is for quiet group study, as it within the designated quiet area. (This A/V Room will be relinquished immediately for priority AV use on demand.)
The Haddad Room is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Hassan (Husni) and Dr. Safia Haddad, friends and colleagues of the Saint Xavier University community. They devoted their lives to the cause of peace, social justice, and cultural understanding, and created the Hassan (Husni) and Safia Haddad Peace Award and Scholarship. Husni died in 1998, leaving behind a legacy of commitment to truth and social justice for all people. Funding for the Room was provided by his wife and professor emerita, Dr. Safia Haddad, and their son Dr. Waleed (Lee) Haddad. The Haddad Conference Room was dedicated on June 26, 2003. The Library lost a good friend and colleague when Madame Haddad died in 2011. (The photos of the Haddads are from the 1977 Saint Xavier College yearbook.) The Haddad Conference Room contains the music scores and selected music book materials. It is one of the most popular study locations in the Library. The room can be reserved.
Quiet study rooms are located on the lower level, and do not need to be reserved. There are rooms with individual carrels, and other rooms with more comfortable couches and chairs.
Sister Solina has been drawing or painting since she was a little girl. Originally from Wisconsin, she joined the Mercy Sisters in 1934 and taught for a time in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
In the mid-1950s Sister Solina was asked to start the art department at then-St. Xavier College and served as its first chair until 1965. She focused on teaching students modern art techniques because she said, “if the church has to deal with the modern then there has to be modern art in the church.”
She studied at the Art Institute in Chicago and earned her masters in fine arts at Sienna Heights in Michigan. She created the St. Xavier College shield in 1952, which is still in use today.
In 2008, at age 95, Sister Solina created a series of portraits titled “Seeing the Kingdom of God in Nigerian Women.” The inspiration came from photos her cousin Esther Hicks, director of Catholic identity and mission for the Office of Catholic Schools, took on a trip to Nigeria for a partnership with Nsukka schools. Paintings and prints of the women were sold to raise money for the effort. These pieces are hung near the entrance to the Haddad Room.
She’s worked in different mediums — pencil, enamel, metal, watercolors — but acrylics are her favorite.
Snippet of text was taken from: "At 100, she’s still painting with the help of the Spirit" by Joyce Duriga ... see the full article in the Catholic New World September 15 - 28, 2013
After leaving Saint Xavier University in 1965, Solina opened an art department at a New York university, spent a summer in Paris, and almost 20 years on an Indian reservation. At a retrospective show of her art at SXU in 2010, when asked what inspired her as an artist, she said, “I can only be me. I can try to be what you want of me, but I can only be me.”
The library owns a copy of the videorecording: Sister Solina Hicks : a retrospective. Chicago : Saint Xavier University, 2010.
Location: Main Level, Row 6--SXU Patrons Only Call Number: DVD 4167
Her mosaic is hanging on the West-most column along the north windows.
In 2016 the library accepted the piece "Giving Praise," which was made during a residency by Indira Johnson at the Kohler Factory in Kohler Wisconsin. It is made out of stoneware and measures approximately 5x5.
Indira Johnson is originally from Mumbai, India. In 1965 she was awarded a scholarship to attend Saint Xavier College. It was arranged by Mother Teresa who had just visited Saint Xavier and worked with her mother in Mumbai. Indira studied art and ended up transferring to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received her MFA. Saint Xavier College was very supportive and allowed her to work on campus and live in the dorm during this period.
Indira has produced numerous public art projects and was named the 2013 Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Magazine. You can see more of her work at her website http://www.indirajohnson.com
Giving Praise deals with the same issues that have preoccupied Johnson for the last two decades – the growth towards a spiritual existence as an individual and as part of the human continuum.
Hands and feet, symbols that appear in practically every culture since the dawn of civilization, continue to dominate Johnson’s work. Hands are the principal way that work is accomplished and signify the action of karma. Feet guide one towards spiritual growth and identity. Throughout her work, Johnson has tried to evolve a vocabulary of signs to express the human relationship to the universe.
Just inside the doors of the Library is the beautiful Bishop Quarter Room, named for William Quarter (seen on the right), the first bishop of Chicago, who brought the Sisters of Mercy to the city.
The Bishop Quarter Room is the primary large group study area for students in the library. It is a very popular congregation area, containing the Oversize (primarily Art) materials and a provocative art gallery containing student art.
The room may be used as a reception room for honored guests, and on occasion houses special events. Honored guests have included John Podesta (February 2001) and General Colin Powell (September 2007).
The Library Instruction Classroom is for librarians and their instruction classes; however, the Library may permit others to use L127 if the room is available. Please know that regularly scheduled semester-long reservations will not be taken.
Access to the Library Instruction Classroom is from the CIDAT entrance on the lower level of the Warde Academic Center. The classroom is down the long hallway at the West end of the building.
The room contains 35 moveable swivel chairs, the walls are white boards, and there is a compter with an overhead projector and screen.
For additional details about the room and reservations see the L127 Library Classroom information page.
In 2010, the Class of 1960 gave the Library a wonderful financial gift, allowing for the purchase of four beautiful display cases. The cases permit the Library to showcase selected items. Currently on display
The Library placed a time capsule in the wall behind the lobby desk at the end of its summer 2011 renovation. The capsule will be opened in September 2061. It includes letters from President Christine Wiseman and the library director; Library brochures; a crucifix and rosary; the SXU prayer book, magazine, student planner, and calendar; the front page of the Chicago Tribune; a computer game; renovation photographs; a flash drive; and a variety of SXU memorabilia. It also contains a few surprises.