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Library Information

Mission & Vision Statements

Specker Memorial Library provides information resources for students and faculty at Calumet College of St. Joseph. There are over 100,000 volumes of books and DVDs. Our electronic resources are available at the Library and College’s computer labs, as well as from outside the library through the Library’s web page: The electronic resources include Pegasus, the Online Catalog, EBSCO database includes electronic books and online full text periodicals, Westlaw and other online resources. Free delivery of periodical articles and books not available at Specker Library can be borrowed from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan Service. Reference and research assistance is also available through group and individualized library instruction and reference services.

Mission Statement

Specker Library of Calumet College of St. Joseph provides information resources and services that support the college's mission and educational programs. Librarians collect materials and furnish access to information across various formats to promote a liberal education, training for careers, and the development of lifelong learning skills for a culturally diverse student population.

Vision Statement

The staff at Specker Memorial Library is committed to transforming our present facility into a library for the 21st century. We will create access to library information and services without regard to time and space limitations. We will create an environment within the physical library that is user friendly, student centered, and provides the tools necessary for research in a digital world. We will create a virtual library with electronic access to library information and services to our students, faculty and staff.

Circulation Information

Library Loan Periods

Books (Regular Collection)

3 Weeks


1 Week


Library Use Only

Reserve Material

See Below

Most materials may be renewed in person, over the phone, or on the library's web site on Pegasus, the library's online information system.


Regular Collection Material

$0.25 per day*

Reserve Material

$2.00 per day

Lost Items (more than 30 days late)

Replacement Cost Plus $10.00 Processing Fee

*Items in the regular collection that are returned before they are 3 days late will have the fines waived.

Library Cards

The CCSJ photo ID card also serves as your library card and must be presented in order to check out library materials. Cards may be obtained through the Library Circulation Desk. ID cards must also be obtained in order to activate CCSJ’s network and email accounts.

Reserve Material

Instructors may place items on Reserve for use by students which may be obtained from the Circulation Desk. Reserve materials may be used in the library or can be checked out either in house, overnight,or for three or seven day loan periods. To insure that students have equal access to Reserve items, Reserve material fines are $2.00 per day for each overdue item. Please see Specker Library’s Reserve procedures for forms and additional details.


Library Gift Policy

Since its founding, Calumet College of St. Joseph (CCSJ) has benefited from gifts of materials to Specker Memorial Library. The Library welcomes gifts that fall within the scope of its collecting activities and which support the College's academic programs. Of particular interest are scholarly or rare items with research value that are in good physical condition.

Gifts of Money

Funds for Library purposes are always welcome. Information on making contributions to the Library, establishing endowment and naming opportunities may be obtained from the CCSJ Development Office, in consultation with the Director of Specker Memorial Library.

Gifts of Materials

The procedures of donating materials to the library: Books, DVD/Videos

Intended donors of materials to the Specker Library should first contact the Library staff at 219-473-4373 or email to to inquire and discuss about the donation. After that, they should send a list of books/DVDs/video’s to Library Director Dr. Qi Chen via email at or via US mail to Dr. Qi Chen, Specker Library, Calumet College of St. Joseph, 2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394 for reviewing. The donor should also indicate on the list the status of the materials, if they are in good or fair condition.

Upon receiving the list, the Director will review each item and select the materials that fit our curriculum and programs. The Director will then contact the donor. The donor will then either bring or ship the selected materials to the Library.

The College Library does not accept magazines or newspapers or any other materials that not related to our curriculum and instruction such as toys or decorations, etc.

Once the materials are accepted by the Library, the Library will become the owner of the materials and determine how to use them to best serve the College.

Reference Assistance

Reference Services And Library Instruction

Specker Library offers reference services and Library instruction from a professional librarian. In addition, all members of the college community (both on and off campus) can receive individualized help tailored to assist them with their questions, class assignments and projects. Faculty members can schedule instructional sessions for their classes and can also receive specialized acquisition assistance for their particular content areas.
Individual, group, or class reference/Library instruction can be arranged by contacting our Reference Librarian via phone at 219-473-4376.

*You can also ask at the Circulation Desk for Reference assistance.

Contact Us

Specker Memorial Library

Calumet College of St. Joseph
2400 New York Ave. Whiting, IN 46394

Phone: (219) 473-4374

Qi Chen | MLIS, Ed.D

Director of Library Services
Room 164A
(219) 473-4375

Martin Martinez

Library Assistant
Specker Memorial Library
(219) 473-4373

Contact Specker Library

Phone: (219) 473-4373

Spring Semester Hours:

  • Monday through Thursday Hours:
    9:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

  • Friday Hours:
    9:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.

  • Saturday:

  • Sunday: