What’s new in the library? Quite a lot!



The library is still undergoing some construction, mostly on 3rd FL. Until further notice, the 3rd FL is closed and restricted to library staff only. If you need a book on the 3rd FL, library staff will retrieve it for you. Also the two study rooms on the 3rd FL are temporarily closed until the floor re-opens.

UPDATE: as of Sept. 22, the 2nd and 3rd FLs are open for use. We still have some cleaning and rearranging yet to do on both floors, but they are no longer restricted. Yay!

Remember that the 3rd FL is restricted to silent study.

Take a look at the Technology in the Library and the study rooms available along with what each study room contains.

Temporary book storage.

Temporary book storage; and a hint as to why the 3rd FL was closed.

When construction is finished, the entire main collection (about 150,000 books) will reside on the 3rd FL in compact shelves and we will gain extra study space on the 2nd FL. What are compact shelves? A way to allow a LOT of books to take up less space than using conventional shelving. View the video below to see a demonstration.


We are happy to announce that the Academic Center for Excellence, which includes the Writing Center and tutoring services is now located on the 2nd FL of the library. Housed in a beautiful, comfortable glassed-in space, the center is open for business 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday – Friday, and Tutoring is available 1-9 pm Monday-Thursday and 5-9 PM on Sunday.

Academic Center for Excellence

Academic Center for Excellence

Academic Center for Excellence

Academic Center for Excellence

We have a new catalog search interface called OneSearch. OneSearch is a new way to search multiple library resources simultaneously. OneSearch allows you to search for books, ebooks, DVDs, reference sources, online videos, and articles all from one search box. Try it by using the search box from http://library.salve.edu. For more information and a tutorial on how to use OneSearch, see our help guide.



The library has a portable turntable for checkout at the circulation desk.  Students can check the turntable out for up to a week.  The Crosley Mini Turntable includes full range stereo speakers and an adjustable tone control.  It is enclosed in a handy carrying case.  The library also has a small collection of records available for circulation including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and the Grateful Dead.

See the Computers & Technologypage for the full list of technology available in the library.

On Wednesday afternoons from 1-4 PM beginning on Sept. 3, the Munroe Special Collections Room 109 will be open to use for quiet study or to ask archivist Genna Duplisea general questions. Details and updates will be posted to the Archives Twitter @SRUArchives.

We also have a series of workshops on various helpful topics, such as “How to Do Research” and citation styles. See below for topics and dates; don’t forget to register if you are interested in a particular topic!


A Hello From Dawn Emsellem, Personal Librarian to the Class of 2018.


“Welcome to Salve! I’m Dawn Emsellem, the Class of 2018’s personal librarian. I’m here to welcome you to Salve, and I’ll be working with you throughout your four years here.

What does a class librarian do? I’m glad you asked!

  • Serve as your point of contact at the library. If I can’t answer your question directly, I’ll put you in contact with someone who can.
  • Give you a personal tour of the library. I can show you how to find books, articles, streaming movies and DVDs you need for your course work.
  • Help you find fun books and movies when you need a little relaxing diversion. You can also ask me to order books and movies that we don’t have!
  • Be available to consult with you as you develop academically and your research needs change.
  • Work with you to develop library events and displays that are interesting to you. We can even display your art or course work, or create displays of your favorite genres, filmmakers, or authors.

Stop by any time for a visit, call, or email me….
Dawn Emsellem Wichowski
Class of 2018 Librarian
Research and Instruction Librarian
McKillop Library, Room 130
Salve Regina University
direct: (401) 341-2336

Dawn’s Hours:
Sunday 12 pm – 10 pm
Monday 9 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday 4 pm – 10 pm
Thursday 9 am – 4:30 pm”
(-written by Dawn Emsellem)


A Hello From Lisa Kenyon, Personal Librarian to the Class of 2017.

“Welcome back Class of 2017! I met most of you last year during New Seminar Workshops but a few of you might have slipped by. My name is Lisa Kenyon; you can find me in the library Sunday through Thursday in room 129 or at the Information Desk. Last year we got started with the basics and I’m sure your classes will be even more challenging this year. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Your personal librarian is just another of the many resources on campus to take advantage of.
What can I help you with? I’d be happy to:

  • Answer any questions you have about the library and our services.
  • Meet with you one-on-one to assist you with research for any of your courses.
  • Request materials from other libraries.
  • Work with you or a club or activity you are involved in to arrange a program or display in the library.

Stop by and say hi or send me an email (lisa.kenyon@salve.edu) any time. I look forward to another great year!

Speaking of fun library events, be sure to come to the library September 22 through 26 and celebrate your freedom to read at McKillop Library’s Banned Books Week festivities including fun activities and contests. Look for a new blog post with all of the information coming soon.


Just a reminder that all of the librarians are always here to help. Ask us anything—we’ll make sure you get the assistance you need. In addition to visiting us at the information desk, you can also call, text or email.

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Big Changes in the Library!


In the fall, the library will hardly be recognizable! Well, OK, not that different, but there will be some major and (we think, pretty awesome) changes.

The entire main book collection will now reside on the 3rd FL only. The first half of the collection (books with call numbers beginning with A-G) was located on half of the 2nd FL; it will now be moved to the 3rd FL. Compact shelving will be installed on part of the 3rd Fl to accommodate the book load. This means that each book in the main collection (150,000 books) must be moved TWICE before the job is complete. Whew!

Please note that until further notice the 3rd FL is temporarily closed. If you need a main collection book please ask library staff to assist you. Also the two study rooms 306 and 317 and the quiet floor (3rd) are unavailable until the 3rd FL reopens.

With the books removed from half of the 2nd FL, the library will gain more floor space for additional study areas. A quieter study zone will be created in the rear of the 2nd FL west side to create more individual study areas for those who need some quiet but not total silence.

The library will also acquire more comfortable furniture for those long study sessions!

A 55” flat-screen digital sign on a stand will be installed on one side of the 1st FL; an additional display will also be installed on the opposite side of the 1st FL during the fall semester.

The technology in room 204 will move into study room 217, which includes a 60” flat-screen with Cable TV access and connections for various mobile devices and laptops.

There will be a “Makerspace” set up (tentatively on the 2nd FL) which will include various craft supplies as well as a button maker, laminator and (as per student request) a CriCut machine. Let your creative side run loose and create something great! This space can be used to create posters, etc. for classes or just something fun for yourself. There will also be a Makerspace Twitter contest with prizes! Stay tuned for more information on when this space will be available.

The Whitaker collection has been consolidated and moved from storage into the Archives. The Archives, located in the Garden Level of the Library, is receiving new shelving to house the Whitaker and Noreen Stoner Drexel collections.
(We’re still trying to find our Archivist, Genna Duplisea, amongst all of the boxes; we hope she’ll turn up before September! –see photos below).

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)  — which includes tutoring services and the Writing Center  — will move to the 2nd FL of the library. It will be housed on the East wing in a glassed-in office space. Room 204 will now be part of ACE.

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), which assists faculty with Canvas and other educational technologies, will move to the Garden Level in 007 and share its space with User Support Services (USS) and the Library.

Here are some photos of the construction in progress:

The Archives…



Oh, Genna, where are you?!

2nd FL…


Librarians Olga Verbeek and Gerald “Joe” Foley lend a hand!





3rd FL…



Enjoy the rest of the summer!
Photos taken by library staff

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McKillop Library in the Summer


The library is open all summer on an abbreviated schedule:

Please check the library hours web page for current library hours.

Fun Collections

Did you know we have a whole browsing area of popular books? It’s a great way to discover books for fun beach reading. Also check out our vast collection of films on DVD! Both areas are located on the 1st FL, East Wing (to the left side as you enter the front door). Come in, cool off and relax!


Related resources:

NPR Critic’s Summer Reading Lists
Popular Summer Reading from Goodreads
The Innovator’s 2013 Summer Reading List from the Washington Post
New York Times Summer Reading

Salve Regina Tea Display

Come see our display of silver tea trays and tea pots from the “Salve Regina College Guild: Leading ‘Culturally, Educationally, and Spiritually’ in Salve Regina’s Early Years” celebrates the role the Salve Regina College Guild played in shaping the institution. The display began as a quest to learn more about a collection of silver and silver-plated tea service transferred from Ochre Court to the Archives. These pieces belonged to the Guild, which was founded in 1948 to pursue the social and financial advancement of Salve Regina College. An organization of interested members of the Newport community, parents, and alumnae, the Guild flourished during the 1950s and 1960s.” Example photos from the display are below. The display is located on the 1st FL East Wing.


Curriculum Library

Have kids? Go up to the 2nd FL for our Children/Young Adult area where you’ll find fun reads for children of all ages, such as:

The forbidden stone/ Tony Abbott; illustrations by Bill Perkins

Duck, Duck, Moose!/ Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen; pictures by Noah Z. Jones

Cecil the pet glacier / Matthea Harvey; illustrated by Giselle Potter

Charlie and the chocolate factory / by Roald Dahl; illustrated by Joseph Schindelman

A curse dark as gold / Elizabeth C. Bunce

Conference Attendees

If you’re on-campus for one of the many conferences that Salve hosts, you are welcome to come to the library to use our computers and print your documents and boarding passes!

The computers (PCs & Macs) in the 1st FL East Wing (to the left as you enter the front doors) are reserved for use by conference attendees. No login is necessary to use these computers.


You also have full on-campus access to all of our 150+ research databases which include articles, streaming educational videos and audio clips on a variety of topics. Go to our library website at http://library.salve.edu to get started.

If at any time you need assistance, please ask a library staff member for help. Enjoy your stay at Salve Regina University!

Community Borrowers Program

Not a member of Salve but still would like to borrow materials from the library? Then consider becoming a member of our Community Borrowers Program. Members of the community not affiliated with Salve Regina University as faculty, student, staff, or alumni, nor are active faculty, student, or staff at any HELIN institution, are welcome to join the McKillop Library Community Borrowers Program for a fee of $100.00 per year. Patrons must present a valid photo ID in order to obtain a community borrower’s card. Community borrowers may borrow circulating books, audiobooks, and DVDs located in the McKillop Library collection only**.


**Please note: special borrowers do not have HELIN borrowing privileges or access to databases from off-campus

Mobile Site

librarymobileAway from campus? No computer? No problem! Just access our mobile site at http://library.salve.edu/m

What can you do on our mobile site? How about…

…check your library account
…view library hours
…search the catalog for books
…search for articles
…contact the library
…and more!

So put your library in y our pocket and take us wherever you go!

Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you this Fall!

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