Ohrstrom Library is proud to bring diverse and engaging programs to our entire community. We are continually adding new programs and are always interested in your suggestions.

Student Programs, including:

  • Author visits
  • Exam week de-stressing events
  • Student book club
  • Musical events
  • Escape rooms

Adult and All-Ages Programs, including:

  • Author visits
  • Musical events
  • Faculty/staff/spouse book club
  • Cooking programs
  • Book “tastings”
  • Holiday programs

Children’s Programs, including:

  • Storytimes for children of all ages
  • Vacation week programming
  • Book Buzz, a book club for children ages 8-12


Library staff connect and engage with all members of our community: faculty, staff, students, and families.

Outreach initiatives include:

  • The Personal Librarian Program — each incoming third form student is partnered with one of the library staff to provide research support, book suggestions, and more
  • The Library Liaison Program — each member of the library staff is partnered with a department or constituency in the community, to serve as their connection to Ohrstrom.
  • Wellness Programming — the library partners with the Wellness Committee and participates in the annual faculty/staff Wellness Fair
  • Book Delivery Services — library staff are happy to deliver materials anywhere on campus
  • Lib@Lunch — before holidays, books are brought to the Upper to browse and check out
  • Ticket giveaways to community events
  • Storytimes at Woodside St. Paul’s

Readers’ Services

Ohrstrom Library supports this community of readers in many ways.

Readers’ Services include:

  • Book delivery services — contact the library if it is challenging for you to visit, and we will bring books to you.
  • Purchase suggestions — if we don’t have a book in our collection, there’s a great chance we’ll purchase it on your suggestion. Use our request form HERE.
  • Interlibrary loan — sometimes it makes more sense for us to borrow materials for you from another library. We ILL books, DVDs, articles, and more.
  • Readers’ advisory — if you’re looking for your next great read, you can browse our many displays throughout the building, visit the new books sections in the Baker Reading Room, check out [novelist_link], or ask a librarian for suggestions.
  • Holds — you may place holds on materials in the library through our [koha_link]. Once the item is available, it will wait for you on our hold shelf for 7 days.

Spaces and Equipment

Ohrstrom Library provides many spaces for quiet study, reading, conversation, group work, and programs. In addition, we offer equipment for the convenience of our users.

Spaces and Equipment available include:

  • Reservable spaces — The Form of 1938 Reading Room (the Conference Room) is reserved through Millville. Library spaces include six individual study rooms, two group study rooms, the Peer Tutoring Room, the Shakespeare Room, the Tower Room, the Classics Room, the Periodicals Room, the Reference Room, and the Kehaya Room. To reserve a space or for more information, including how many visitors each space can accommodate, email bshaughnessy at sps dot edu
  • The Wellness Area — located on the third floor, houses our Wellness Collection as well as items to use in the library such as foam rollers and pressure point massagers
  • Technology equipment — computers and printers throughout the building; Mac and PC laptops; cell phone and laptop chargers; a photocopier; and a scanner
  • Accessories — may be checked out or taken home. Includes graphing calculators, umbrellas, earbuds, and earplugs
  • Vinyl collection — hundreds of LPs, as well as two turntables and wireless headphones for listening in the library
  • Office supply workstation — paper cutters, hole punchers, staplers, tape, scissors, pens, bookmarks, etc.
  • Hot beverage station — nightly tea