Specker Memorial Library


Specker Memorial Library provides academic resources for students, faculty and staff at Calumet College of St. Joseph. The library’s collection contains over 70,000 physical volumes of books and digital media, access to 75,000 e-books and subscriptions to over 80 academic databases.

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.

Library Mission

And Vision

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

The staff at Specker Memorial Library is committed to maintaining a space that meets current and future information needs. This will be accomplished by creating access to library information and services without regard to time and space limitations. We will foster an environment within the physical library that is user friendly, patron-centered, and provides the necessary tools for research and discovery in an evolving digital world. We will provide a virtual library with electronic access to library information and services to our students, faculty and staff.

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Services & Policies

Reference Services and Library Instruction

Specker Library offers reference services and Library instruction from professional librarians. 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 by visiting the circulation desk, via phone at (219) 473-4376 or by email at library@ccsj.edu.

A limited number of Wi-Fi enabled Dell Latitude 5520 laptop computers are available to enrolled students for a 21 day renewable loan. This technology bundle includes a power cord and protective case.  Please visit the library circulation desk with student ID to take advantage of this opportunity.

Library Loan Periods
Books (Regular Collection) 3 Weeks
Videos/DVDs 1 Week
Reserve Material See Below
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. 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 library@ccsj.edu to inquire and discuss the donation.

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.


The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday through Thursday: 9:00 A.M. — 7:00 P.M.
  • Friday: 9:00 A.M. — 5:00 P.M.
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Contact Specker Memorial Library


 Phone: (219) 473-4373
 E-mail: library@ccsj.edu
 Ask a Librarian

Director, Specker Library & Academic Resources Center

 Pronouns: he/him
 Phone: (219) 473-4375
 E-mail: kwerosh@ccsj.edu


 Pronouns: she/her
 Phone: (219) 473-4373
 E-mail: dhollingsworth@ccsj.edu

Assistant Librarian- Technical & Access Services

 Pronouns: he/him
 Phone: (219) 473-4373
 E-mail: mmartine@ccsj.edu


 Pronouns: she/her
 Phone: (219) 473-4373
 E-mail: vgutierrez@ccsj.edu

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