Shannon Library

Renovation Grand Opening Sept. 15, 2017

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General Information

The collection of the Shannon Library at St. Thomas More College is designed to support undergraduate classes taught at the College. As such, it is an excellent source for materials in many disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences, including English (especially Shakespeare, Chaucer and Victorian literature), History, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, French (Canadiana), and Economics.  It also contains a number of Special Collections of scholarly and literary materials. A recent acquisition is the Nin Literary Collection, donated by Drs. Hinz and Teunissen.

The Shannon Library collection includes over 57,000 volumes and 150 journals and magazines; most of these materials are not duplicated in the University Library.

Students, faculty, staff, and members of the public are welcome to use the Shannon Library.  See the Services section for more information on borrowing policies. STM students work at the Information / Circulation Desk. If you need more assistance to access hard to find information, or require help with the tecnical aspects or a term paper, please ask to speak to the Librarian, Donna Brockmeyer, or request a meeting with her, including evenings and weekends.

Address:         1437 College Drive, Saskatoon, SK, CANADA, S7N 0W6
Telephone:      306-966-8916

 Library reading room

Hours of Operation

Regular Session: September 5, 2018 - April 30, 2019

Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Reading Weeks

November 12 - 16, 2018: Tuesday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
February 19 - 22, 2019: Tuesday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Library is closed weekends before and after each Reading Week.

Additional Information

Easter Hours: 
Closed Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday.

Statutory Holidays: Shannon Library is closed on Statutory Holidays.

Closed: Rememberance Day: November 11, 2018 - November 12, 2018

Closed: Family Day: February 18, 2019

Special Events: The Library will have Special Events on the following dates. The Reading Room will be closed to the Public, but the Computer Lab and Fireplace Lounge will be open.

September 27, 2018 – CMRS Seminar Series
October 4, 2018 – Peace Studies Initiative
October 18, 2018 – CMRS Seminar Series
November 22, 2018 – CMRS Seminar Series
January 17, 2019 – CMRS Seminar Series
February 7, 2019 – Sorokin Lecture
February 28, 2019 – CMRS Seminar Series
March 21, 2019 – CMRS Seminar Series

Spring/Summer Session: May - August, 2019

Circulation Desk: Monday - Friday:  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Closed Evenings and Weekends.

For additional special holiday hours, please contact the library.

Catalogue and Resources

Library Catalogue

We are pleased to announce that The STM Shannon Library Catalogue has merged with the University of Saskatchewan Library Catalogue.
Search the library catalogue, and other library resources.

STM Library Catalogue

If you would like to view the holdings of the STM Library only, do the following:

1. Click on library catalogue 
2. Click on Advance Search under the catalogue tab
3. Limit your location to "St. Thomas More Library"
4. Conduct your search as you normally would if using the Word search
5. Click on "Go"
6. The resulting items should be those held at St. Thomas More College. 

Journal Databases

STM students and faculty may use the journal and database resources of the University of Saskatchewan Libraries. 
Search under the  Journals & Articles tab or the Databases tab of the University Library homepage.

Catholic Periodical and Literature Index:

This is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of the Catholic faith and lifestyle from 1981 to the present. It indexes articles and reviews published in Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith that are authored by Catholics and/or produced by Catholic publishers. The STM Shannon Library has acquired the online edition of this database.  For coverage from 1930-1981, please consult the paper indexes in the Shannon Library at St. Thomas More College Library.
Search the Catholic Periodical and Literature Index.

Library Services

Reference Services

Students, faculty, staff, and members of the public are encouraged to ask for assistance at the Circulation desk, or to call 966-8916. For help in conducting research or finding journal articles, users are encouraged to consult the librarian, the library assistant, or the library technician during office hours (M-F: 8:30 to 4:30). Faculty and instructors may make arrangements with the Library Director for class orientations or information literacy instruction.

Circulation Services

    Borrowing Policies:

Anyone with a University of Saskatchewan library card may borrow STM Library items. A University Alumni Card can be acquired free of charge from the Alumni Office.  Anyone without a University of Saskatchewan library card may acquire a St. Thomas More College Library card free of charge from the library office staff for use at the STM Library only, and entitles one to borrow up to five items.

    Loan Periods:

General Book Collection: 30 days.
Reserve Material: 4 hour in library use, 24 hours, 3 days.
Bound Periodicals: 30 days.
Reference Works / Unbound Periodicals: in library use only. 


Borrowers may renew books through the online catalogue,  or at any circulation desk on campus, unless the books have been requested by another patron. Items may be renewed twice. Reserve materials and bound periodicals may not be renewed.   


Holds may be placed only on books that are signed out to another patron. Holds are placed through the online catalogue.

   Late, Lost and Damaged Items:

Fines are $1.00 per hour for Reserve material and $2.00 per day for recalled items. Unpaid fines result in a loss of privileges at both STM Library and the University Main Library, as well as notification to the Registrar's Office.

The penalty for lost or damaged materials includes the payment of fees to cover material and processing costs as well as any fines owing.

    Interlibrary Loans:
Patrons may request Interlibrary loans by using the online Interlibrary loans form.

Personal Computing

An STM/Arts and Science Computer Lab is available in the Shannon Library for student and faculty use. It provides access to a wide variety of software, including (but not limited to): Microsoft Office; class software in the sciences, math, social sciences, computer sciences, and languages; Graphics such as Paint; Internet and email applications. A Laser printer and a scanner are also available. Users require an Arts & Science computer lab account, which includes unlimited computer use.

UofS wireless internet is available.


A photocopier / scanner is available in the library and is operable by the use of your NSID or U of S student card. There is a ten cent fee to photocopy, scanning and emailing is free.

New Book Suggestions or Requests

Anyone can suggest that the library purchase a new book. Fill in the  Book Request Form here and email to or print and hand in at the library at any time.

Library Reserve Form and Guidelines

Faculty may place materials on Reserve in the Shannon Library. For STM courses, please place Reserves in the Shannon Library. To do so, use the following guidelines:

1. Fill out the Reserve Form online and email it as an attachment to . You can also print out this form, or ask for a copy of it at the circulation desk.

2. Bring the form, together with all books and materials to be placed on Reserve, to the library office staff.  Lists are processed in the order in which they are received. Please submit lists as early as possible.

3. Check the online catalogue to ensure that materials are processed and on Reserve  prior to announcing them in class.

4. The Library will not be liable for loss of, or damage to, any personal items in the Reserve Collection.

5. All reprints of copyright material must comply with the Canadian Copyright Act  as well as the University of Saskatchewan's policy on the Use of Materials Protected by CopyrightGuidelines for Using Materials Protected by Copyright, and the Fair Dealing Guidelines.  Visit the University of Saskatchewan Copyright website for more information.

Virtual Tour

Shannon Library Renovation Grand Opening Sept. 15, 2017

Middle View:

New Extension:

Back View:

The Sheaf, "STM uses renovation to expand spaces in north wing for students"


The main holdings of the St. Thomas More College Archives are the administrative and operational records of the College, records of the Newman Center and photographs of faculty and student activities. In addition, records from some other individuals and organizations have been donated to the STM archives.

For further information, please contact the Library Director, Donna Brockmeyer at, or Amanda Gieni, Library Technician and Records Manager at


St. Thomas More College fonds

1926-1983. -- 7.4 m of textual records. -- ca. 300 photographs


Historical note

St. Thomas More College, commonly called "STM," was established as a federated college of the University of Saskatchewan in 1936. The pre-history of the college goes back to 1913, with the public announcement by a group of Saskatoon Catholics that they hoped to establish a Catholic college at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1926, the Newman Society was formed and permission was granted for Fr. Basil Markle to come from Toronto to begin the Scholastic Philosophy Foundation at the university. In 1927 a house was constructed adjacent to the campus to provide a residence for Fr. Markle and a chapel and Newman clubrooms for the Catholic students at the university. In 1936, the bishops of Saskatchewan agreed to the establishment of a Catholic college "sometime in the future," but stated that, in view of the Depression economy, "it was absolutely impossible at this time." Still the Saskatoon laymen went ahead and called in Fr. Henry Carr of the Basilian Fathers of Toronto to meet with University President Walter Murray and see whether something could be done. As a result of the meetings of Carr and Murray and further negotiations with the bishops of Saskatchewan, St. Thomas More College was established by the Basilians and began operating as an Arts college affiliated with the University, with 39 students enrolled that first year (1936-37). The federated status of the college was formally acknowledged by the university in 1953. In 1943 an addition was added to the original white house to accommodate the larger numbers of students. A stone building was constructed and opened in 1956/57, with additional wings added in 1963 and 1969

Scope and content note

This fonds includes material related to the pre-history of the college, and in particular the activities of the Newman Society, which was formed by a group of Catholic laymen, with its major work to be the establishment of a Catholic college at the University of Saskatchewan. Other records are: minutes, reports and correspondence of the Principals/Presidents, the Corporation, the Faculty/Administration Forum, and the student organizations: Newman Club/Centre and St. Thomas More Students Association. Some of the records, including photocopies of relevant documents from other archives, were acquired by then college archivist Fr. Alphonse de Valk during the late 1960s and early 1970s. In cases where de Valk is clearly the compiler, it has been so noted in the file list. Photographs consist of views of the white house (original and expanded), the construction of the stone building in its three phases (1953-1969), interiors, student activities and special events in the college over the years. In most cases the creators of the photographs are unknown

St. Thomas More College Prehistory
STM History
Basilian Archives
Principals'/Presidents' Records
Registrar's Records
Newman Club/Centre
St. Thomas More Students Association (STMSA)
St. Thomas More Guild
Religious studies
Construction (series K)
Finances (series T) Provenance St. Thomas More College

Finding aids: File lists are available.

Restrictions on access: Access to some series is restricted.

Arrangement note: The original order of each series has been retained where possible.

Accruals: Further accruals expected in some series.

History of Shannon Library

Library Reports

Library Policy

The Mission of the Shannon Library is to support, through its collections and services, the inherent values, vision and culture of St. Thomas More College.

The Library offers optimum service for research, teaching and learning, and provides an inspiring and welcoming environment that supports creative discovery, reflection, synthesis and application of knowledge.

The Library is one of the most important tangible assets of the Catholic intellectual tradition within the College; we honour our term of stewardship of this valuable cultural resource as we build for the ages.

Click to view the Library and Archive Policy.