You might be a high school student needing academic sources for an essay, a student from another college looking for a place to study, a Lacey neighbor interested in an Anchor Yale Bible commentary, or a recent Saint Martin's graduate working with a professor on a journal article.  Visitors and alumni are welcome to explore and access many of the O’Grady Library collections. 


  • Getting started—the monk card

    To check out books or use the guest Wi-Fi, you will first need to apply for an O'Grady Library "monk card.”  Alumni who have a Saint Martin’s alumni I.D. may use that instead of a monk card, but should still complete the application.

    • Print and complete the application.
    • If your are 18 or older, bring your 2 forms of I.D. such as a driver’s license or another official photo I.D. with your current address.
    • If the I.D. does not have your current address, also bring a utility bill, a renter’s agreement, or some other documentation that does.
    • If you are younger than 18, your parent or legal guardian must sign the application and bring their I.D.
    • Once you have the monk card, you will be asked to renew it annually.
  • What you can do with a monk card
    • Visit O’Grady library during open hours before 8 pm.
    • Check out up to five (5) books from the main collection and much of the curriculum collection.
    • Get a current guest Wi-Fi password from the circulation desk.
    • Using the on-site guest Wi-Fi , access many of the library’s research databases and online journals for your personal (non-commercial) use.
    • Read a magazine or newspaper in the Benedictine reading room.
    • Refer to an encyclopedia or commentary in the print reference collection.
    • Schedule an appointment to consult a Special Collections title.
    • Use a carrel for a quiet reading or study space.
  • Summit visiting patrons
    • Summit patrons (faculty, staff, students, and special patrons from other Orbis Cascade Alliance member libraries) can apply for a monk card, but will receive Summit visiting patron privileges.  Application for a monk card only requires student ID from your Summit institution.
    • Summit patrons may check out any circulating materials that can be borrowed from the library through Summit—books and videos, but not equipment or study rooms.
  • NAPCU visiting patrons

    Students, faculty, and staff from NAPCU member libraries (Northwest Association of Private Colleges and Universities) may obtain a monk card with your current university or college ID. See "what you can do with a monk card" above for what this allows you to do.

  • High school classes

    High school teachers who would like to introduce your class to a university library, should contact Kael Moffat, our information literacy librarian to schedule a visit.

  • Associated scholars

    An associated scholar is actively engaged in a scholarly project or is in the process of studying for an advanced degree and is the spouse or partner of a current Saint Martin’s faculty member or administrator. An alumnus, alumna, or other scholar collaborating on a research project with a Saint Martin’s professor may also apply.

    • The associated scholar will be sponsored by a department or faculty member and approved by the school or college dean and the library dean.
    • The associated scholar will be given a guest email account and will have use of the O’Grady Library collection (student loan periods), Summit, and interlibrary loan for up to a year, renewable annually.
    • The number of associated scholars is limited.
  • Computer access

    As described above, visitors may use their own device on the guest Wi-Fi. Limited access to selected computers in the information commons is also available.

    • Visitors can be logged onto selected library computers in the information commons.
    • Visitor computer use is limited to one checkout per day for up to two hours.
    • Priority is given to current faculty, and staff of Saint Martin's. If the library is experiencing heavy use, you may be asked to give the workstation to a student.
    • Parents or guardians of visitors under 18 should be aware that the web content is minimally filtered.
  • Printing, copying, and scanning
    • Printing or copying is 10 cents for 1-3 pages. (Printing is not available from personal devices.)
    • Copying and scanning should be limited to O'Grady Library materials. Library staff may limit the time or amount to be scanned or copied to provide adequate access to students.