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About the Library, including our mission and learning goals.

Library Resources

The Robert and Mary Rita Murphy Stump Library

Promoting academic integrity, knowledge management and lifelong learning, the Library is a student-centered space that offers state-of-the-art computers, scanning stations, printers, laptops, e-readers, e-books, online journals, hardcopy books and over 6,000 educational and popular videos. In addition to the main room which is a Quiet Study Area, and the Bishop Quarter Room for casual study and conversation, there are 10 reservable  group study rooms upstairs, 3 quiet study rooms on the lower level, and a few small group study rooms throughout the library.  The SXU Cougar Card allows access into the Library’s 80 databases that provide information on every subject in the curriculum, including full-text journal articles and e-books not available on the World Wide Web.  Interlibrary loan services provide materials from our state-wide CARLI consortial partners...and beyond.  Librarians help students with their assignments and teach valuable research and information handling skills in the Library, online, in classrooms, and in CANVAS.

View a brief welcome overview of the library from the Library Director.

L-228, Warde Academic Center

Phone (773) 298-3352 • SMS# (773) 530-2264 • email

The Library as Part of the Information Life Cycle

The Framework for Information Fluency states that every discipline has a unique culture and paradigm ... and to be effective one must understand the tools, the techniques, the scholarly behaviors, and the weighted variables for any specific scholarly network.

While basic information fluency skills such as critical thinking, advanced navigation, information capture/organization/sharing, and data manipulation are relevant to all scholars -- there are unique considerations for higher-level knowledge management in every community. The library attempts to integrate our skills and tools into the suite of information skills and tools developed within each discipline using subject pages, course-specific pages, point-of-need tutorials, and one-on-one consultation sessions. 

The library embeds a suite of short tutorials and two quizzes into Phil 140/150 to ensure that all freshman are introduced to basic library services. We can also provide advanced subject orientation as in-class visits, embedded tutorials, or one-on-one student sessions.

All of our resources and approaches to information gathering, handling, and sharing are based upon the Information Life Cycle concept -- in which a researcher experiences changing roles and responsibilities ... and utilizes associated information tools as one develops academic expertise and experience.  

For additional details, please see our pages describing our Instruction Program and our Student Self-Help materials.

Library Mission Statement

In support of Saint Xavier University, the Library provides access to information resources, facilitates their use, and supports and reinforces the University values of academic integrity and lifelong learning. We attempt to provide customized resource guides, and research and knowledge management assistance, in a variety of environments both in-house and remotely, and document delivery in a timely fashion for all formats and in all disciplines. 

If you have a comment or suggestion about our services, please email us at

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