Sep 29, 2014

Which database is right for me?

One of the best questions asked of us in the library is, “Which database should I use?”  Some databases, like Academic Search Premier, are quite general and can address needs in a number of different  subjects or disciplines.  Others, though, like Proquest Criminal Justice, are focused on a specific subject.  Finding the right database can be the difference between finding or missing the information you need.  

To help you out with this decision the O'Grady Library has a tool on our homepage that should help you with figuring out which database will be best for you.  In the left-hand column, you will find a link to a list of available databases:

Once you get to the database list, there are tools to help you filter it by subject and by content type to help you get to the database you need.  Check out this quick video to see how to get to the database list and how to get around it once you get there:


If you still have any questions about finding the right database for your research, please feel free to contact your Saint Martin's Librarians: Kael Moffat, Serin Anderson, or Scot Harrison!

Aug 27, 2014

No longer accepting workstudy applications

On behalf of the entire O'Grady family, I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has applied to work at the library this fall.  We've received an overwhelming number of applications this year, and while that has it's own set of challenges, they are excellent challenges to face.  That said, we have to have a cut off, and that time is now.  Per the title, we're no longer accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. 

Again, thank you to everyone for your enthusiasm and patronage.  We all hope to see you soon!

Jul 9, 2014


Greetings to all students as we get ready for the Fall Semester!

We're getting ready and you should too!  If you have a federal workstudy award and are interested in working on campus in the library, then don't wait, apply as soon as possible.  You can come in, pick up an application, fill it out, and turn it in on the spot.

However, if you're not currently on campus, or are just technologically inclined and would like to type it out, don't worry, we can oblige you as well! We have three departments which are currently hiring: Circulation, Information Commons, and Technical Services. Please click on the appropriate link to see the job description.

To apply, please fill out the application* and either email it to Erik Gregory at or print it out and bring it directly to the O'Grady Library.

*Please note, to fill out on your computer, you will need to download the file first by clicking the file button above the pdf and selecting download.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call Erik directly at 360-486-8811 or the main library number at 360-486-8800. Good luck and happy job hunting!

May 16, 2014

Summer library hours

O'Grady Library moves to summer hours beginning Monday (5/19) and continuing until the end of the second summer session (8/8):
  • Monday -- Thursday:  8 am - 8 pm
  • Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Please be aware of the following holidays and other exceptions:
  • Memorial Day Weekend (Sat. - Mon. May 24 - 26):     closed
  • Intersession weekend (Sat. - Sun. June 28 - 29):     closed
  • Independence Day weekend  (Fri. - Sun. July 4 - 6):     closed

May 7, 2014

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Religious and Theological Library Association

O'Grady Library hosts the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Religious and Theological Library Association on Thursday, May 15, 2014 (agenda).  Dr. Ian Werrett, Associate Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Martin's will speak on "Researching the Dead Sea Scrolls." Br. Boniface Lazzari, Associate Professor of Spanish, will discuss "The Saint John's Bible at SMU," and meeting attendees will have an opportunity to view Saint Martin's copy of the The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition.  Fr. Peter Tynan, O'Grady Library's Archivist and Special Collections Librarian,  is currently President of the association.

Welcome to all attending.

Scot Harrison
Dean, O'Grady Library