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The SLU-Madrid Library Guide for Freshmen

Top things every freshman should know about your “Learning Hub” throughout your studies in SLU-Madrid.


Welcome to the SLU-Madrid Library! 

The SLU-Madrid Library is in San Ignacio Hall, second floor. Its holdings are included in the University's integrated online catalog, through which you will also have access to all the e-resources from the main campus. 

The Library is one of the most powerful tools to support your learning, formally when you acquire knowledge related to your classes, and informally when you extend your curiosity to anything important in your life and to your career.

Take advantage of this valuable resource in SLU-Madrid!

Library Video

This short 6-minute presentation will guide you through our website explaining the services and resources we have at your disposal.

The Library in Images

Main room

In this area you can work individually or in small groups. Speaking in a low voice is allowed. You will also find the shelves of printed magazines to which the Madrid library is subscribed, although of course you will be able to access all the electronic resources shared with the St. Louis campus at any time with your SLU credentials, including more than 30,000 periodicals.

Main room to work individually or with peers

Printed collection

This area of the main room has 7 individual study places and free access to a printed collection of over 13,000 books in English and Spanish. 

Room with the printed collection.

Art collection

The printed art and painting books are on shelves adapted to their large format, in a corner of the main room.

Art collection

How to find a printed book in the main room?

To find a printed book, take a look at this poster that you will find on the shelves. The books are arranged according to the Dewey classification system. Note that each number from 0 to 9 corresponds to a category. You can search for books by consulting the catalog through the library's tablet or the computers in the Reading Room, or from your own devices.

Circulation Service

Circulation Service at the Circulation Desk provides the lending of library materials during all hours of library operation. You just need to show your SLU ID. Here you have the loan periods for collection items.

Textbooks at the circulation desk

Remember: You can borrow textbooks for 2 hours and books in reserve (from 2 hours up to 7 days) at the circulation desk. Ask for them here!

Equipment to borrow

Request the equipment loan at the circulation desk (markers, cables, chargers, headphones, adapters, power strips...)

Study rooms

SLU-Madrid Library has four group study rooms that can be reserved using the online room reservation system, Libcal. To do this, you can scan the code that you will find at the circulation desk or do it from the web.

Reading Room

The Reading Room, opposite the main room, is a space to work in silence. You will also find computers from which you can print, and some reference books (language dictionaries). 


In the library you will find a showcase of temporary exhibitions. The library also displays the most recent faculty publications in the student lounge area, on the ground floor of SIH. All the books on display can be borrowed.