DeWitt Wallace Library’s Commitment

We, the staff of the DeWitt Wallace Library, pledge to continue our daily work to combat racism and to create just and peaceful environments that enable deep collaboration, learning, and creation of new knowledge. Read the full statment and get links to resources >>

Book Picks from the Class of ‘20

Each year, library staff invite our graduating student employees to select a book that they particularly enjoyed reading, or that has special meaning for them, to include in our collection. With thanks to all who participated, we are happy to share with our Macalester community your library Class of ‘20 recommended reading list. A book plate bearing the student’s name and year of graduation will be placed inside the cover of our collection’s physical copy in recognition of their service to the library.

Share Your Response to COVID-19

How are you coping, what has your experience been like, and how are you filling your days during these unprecedented times? We are here to share your stories and preserve your experiences in whatever shape or form they are manifested. If you have artwork you are creating, if you are working on a zine, or a quilt, or a collage, a poem, please consider sharing your project. If you have playlists that are getting you through these days, or you are making your daily walks into GPS map drawings, we would love to hear about it. Share with the rest of the Mac community and the College Archives at: Please contact if you have questions.

Library staff will be working remotely

We will continue offering support online via email, chat, virtual consultations and instruction, e-collections access, and electronic delivery of interlibrary loan.

COVID-19 Building updates

Due to the rapidly changing situation, please visit our COVID-19 updates page for the latest information on Library access

"Lightweight" reading for spring break

Looking for some “light” reading during break –like ebooks or e-audio books? Get an e-card from your local St. Paul Public Library, online today! More Info >>

Open Access: Open Book Publishers

If you're tired of paywalls or simply want to access the latest high-quality research publications, across all disciplines, check out Open Book Publishers! With over 150 titles, every book is freely available online; many include embedded audio, video and supplementary materials, as well. Access or create an account while on the campus network to read and download books for free at

Pressreader: now available for the Macalester Community

Pressreader is now available for the Macalester Community. Simply create an account while connected to campus Wi-Fi to get anytime access via the web or mobile app. Get access to newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries in 60 languages --in print and audio. This includes translations into 16 languages. Register here for free:

Tapestries: We are the Crisis

Seven American Studies students worked together through fall semester as editors and editorial collective to publish a new issue of Tapestries. This journal is a student produced, open access journal, and it is published in Digital Commons @ Macalester. The current issue,“We are the Crisis,” takes a critical look at neoliberal power structures. Read the Journal:

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