HISTORY OF THE SUELTENFUSS LIBRARY
The Sueltenfuss Library opened in June, 2000, and is the academic heart of Our Lady of the Lake University. Located across the street from the San Antonio main campus, its beautiful architecture is home to the library’s print and digital resources with over 50,000 square feet of plush interior, three computer labs, two smart classrooms with video-conferencing, ten workstations dedicated to accessing online library resources, seven study rooms, a late night study room and computer lab, and a huge community room for meetings, presentations and art exhibits. In this “on demand” world of high technology Sueltenfuss Library offers the comfort of a traditional library with the speedy delivery of wireless connectivity, online full-text articles and e-books, and online research assistance.
Planning, fundraising, and building the Sueltenfuss Library took five years to complete. Sr. Elizabeth Anne Sueltenfuss coordinated fundraisers that included neighborhood businesses, corporate sponsors, alumni donations as well as faculty and staff donations. Garza, Bomberger & Associates of San Antonio were the architects selected for this project. In keeping with the Gothic architecture of the buildings of the main campus, they completed a modern three story facility in approximately two years. Various art works including “La Historia Chicana” mural by alumnus and world renowned artist/muralist, Jesse Trevino, were moved from the old library building to the new one.
The librarians and staff of the Sueltenfuss Library welcome you to visit, study, and explore the wealth of resources you have available to you here. We are open to suggestions and want to customize our facility and services to best fit your academic needs to make this your campus intellectual center--a place where you can come study, interact with other students, faculty and staff, and learn to learn outside of the classroom. It’s up to you to take advantage of it—a beautiful, peaceful facility for developing your mind and skills in scholarship. Don’t forget that one of the benefits you will receive as a registered alumnus is full access to the Sueltenfuss Library collection, so we are here for you now and in the future!