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Services offered by the library

Social Media Policy

The Thomas Tredway Library at Augustana College uses several social media applications, allowing library employees to engage with the Augustana community through social media platforms. Our social media accounts include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. As social media platforms develop over time, this information could change. 

Our social media accounts are intended for the following purposes:

  • To provide information that is related to our services and operations, such as programs, spaces, collections, and services to our students.
  • To invite our users and followers to comment or tag us on various issues related to libraries in order to engage with us.
  • To showcase library events.
  • To engage Augustana students, staff, faculty, and the Quad Cities community.

The Tredway Library reserves the right to remove a post from a library social media site. The librarian outreach coordinator will determine if comments posted on our social media sites are inappropriate, and if action is necessary. Messages may be removed if a message interferes with an investigation, reveals confidential information, negatively impacts the reputation of people or groups, opposes the college's core values, etc. 

Complaints regarding inappropriate content should be forwarded to the librarian outreach coordinator, María Emerson, at

The social media policy was adapted from the Augustana College Social Media Policy

Programs and Displays Policy

General Principles and Purpose

Thomas Tredway Library offers limited space on the main floor of the library to individual students, student groups, faculty, staff, and the local community for programs and displays. Examples of different displays and exhibits are artwork, poster displays, class projects, examples of cultural life, etc. 

While the library is committed to academic freedom, displays that are believed to be discriminatory will not be approved. 

Displays are on a first come, first serve basis. You may house a display in the library once per year. It is recommended that the display application is completed ahead of time for a stronger chance of getting the time block you desire.


  • Any costs that are associated with the display will be the responsibility of the sponsoring organization or person. This includes any insurance if the organization or individual desires it.
  • The outreach librarian will review and determines which applications receive approval. 
  • Exhibitors must set up and remove their displays within the agreed upon time frame noted on the approved application form. If display is not removed in the agreed upon time frame, the group or individual will not be allowed to have another display in the library for one year thereafter.
  • The library is not responsible for any loss, theft, or vandalism of any objects or materials that are part of the display.
  • Library staff is not responsible for transportation, maintenance, security, storage, and/or removal of materials in display.
  • Library staff will assist with the installation process.
  • Displays are not allowed to block any of the building exits or entrances.
  • Materials may not be displayed or hung on the walls or stairway of the library.
  • At the time of installation, the individual or organization will provide a list of pieces in the display.
  • Each display should include information about the display to provide context.

Display panels available for use

The library has eight large gray panels available for use. To reserve the gray panels, you must contact María Emerson (, x7823) at least 48 hours in advance. She will have a check-out contract for you to read over and sign before you reserve the panels.

  • There are eight panels total; you may check out 2-8 panels at a time. It is possible that not all panels will be available for the time you need.
  • Reserving panels are on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Gray panels must be used within the Gerber Center for Student Life, but are not restricted to use within the library.
  • If gray panels are lost or damaged, the cost of replacement is $328 per panel. 
  • If panels are returned late, late fees will accumulate at $10/day per panel, with the total fee being no higher than $70 per panel.
  • Panels must be checked out at the circulation desk. 
  • Panels must be returned to the circulation desk. It is not the responsibility of the library to find and bring back the panels.


Please contact María Emerson at, or call 309-794-7823, to discuss any questions about a library display.

Application and Approval

Apply using the library display application form. The application will be sent to María Emerson to review. A response will usually be provided within 3 business days of receiving an application.

Please keep in mind that a display may be approved, but on the condition that it is installed at a different time than the time requested. 

Gerber Center Digital Signage 

Groups or organizations who wish to post ads on the digital signage in The Gerber Center (near the 4th floor information desk and Gävle rooms) need to follow these guidelines.

How to submit a banner ad for The Gerber Center digital signage:

  • Precedence is given to functions which are open to all students and hosted by a department based inside The Gerber Center or a function held within The Gerber Center itself.
  • Submissions must be received by email at least 10 days before the event.
  • Information about the event must include the title of the event, a short description of the event, time, and place.
  • You may submit a finished banner ad (graphic) or simply the information needed. If you have a photo you wish to have used in the ad, please include that at the time of submission.
    • Ready-made banners must be .jpg, .jpeg, or .png.
  • Each submission must have the name and email address of a person who may be contacted for more information about the event.
  • You must include the dates when you wish to have the ad displayed.

Reserving the Fourth Floor Computer Classroom


The primary use of the Library Computer Classroom is library instruction. Library information literacy instruction is embedded in all First Year Inquiry courses and supports courses across the curriculum ending with Senior Inquiry.

The classroom facilitates hands-on experience, between instruction librarians and students, through all phases of the research process. Librarians, working in close partnership with faculty, use this space to deliver course-integrated, active learning opportunities for students.

The room serves as an open computer lab space for students when not being used for instruction.


The Library Computer Classroom (room 422), is located on the 4th floor of the Gerber Center in the Information Commons.

The classroom contains 24 PCs, an instructor work station, a projector, a white board, and access to a networked printer.


When not scheduled for library instruction, the Library Computer Classroom may be scheduled by Augustana College faculty and staff for other instructional uses. The room may be reserved for short-term use only; regularly scheduled courses or events will not be scheduled.

To reserve the Library Computer Classroom, contact Vicky Ruklic by email or phone, (309) 794-7266.

To schedule a Library Instruction Session, please contact your Liaison Librarian.

Policy revised 11/8/19.

Tobacco Policy

As required by Illinois law, all Augustana College buildings are smoke-free, and the use of tobacco, including smoke-free products, is prohibited within campus buildings. This policy also includes e-cigarettes. Smoking, vaping and the use of smoke-free tobacco products is allowed only in designated areas that are at least 15 feet from entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes.  Additionally, smoking, vaping and use of smoke-free tobacco is not allowed in college-owned vehicles by drivers or passengers.

No SmokingNo vaping

Fun around the Library

In addition to offering programs throughout the academic year, the Tredway Library also houses other fun activities for students. 

Our leisure reading collection, which contains new releases and bestsellers (both fiction and non-fiction), can be found on the 2nd floor, next to the magazines, cookbooks, and self-help sections. The check-out period is 4 weeks.

Movies on DVD can be found throughout the library stacks; searching in our catalog is the easiest way to find a specific title. However, recent, popular movies can be found on the 2nd floor near the newspapers. The check-out period is 3 days. 

The library has a large collection of games and puzzles that can be used on the 2nd floor, or can be checked out of the library. The check-out period is 2 weeks. (Due to COVID-19, games and puzzles are not currently out for use.)