Office of the Dean

Sarah Barbara Watstein

Dean, Lemieux Library


Dean's Welcome


It gives me great pleasure to welcome Seattle University students back to campus for fall quarter 2018, and our new academic year!

I am Sarah Barbara Watstein, Dean, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons. I have had the privilege and honor of serving as Dean for just over a year now.

Our Library and Learning Commons faculty and staff work with creativity, passion, and immense dedication to create an exemplary university library for the 21st century. We are committed to learning and teaching, advancing research and discovery, fostering scholarly and creative expression at Seattle University, and providing spaces and environments that act as a catalyst for intellectual pursuit in all its forms. 

Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is a vibrant destination where Seattle University students’ study, collaborate, reflect and engage. The Library’s architecture and all aspects of our design demonstrate a clear commitment to student success, an entrepreneurial mindset that results in innovative programs, an engagement with diverse campus communities, and leadership in partnerships with academic support services.

Our building supports outstanding services, collections, programs, technology and leadership. Research services – research guides, consultations, etc., information services and borrowing services are among the many services offered. Learning Commons’ services include Learning Assistance Programs, the Math Lab and the Writing Center. The Media Production Center offers the tools, training and space for students, clubs, faculty and staff to create their own original multimedia productions.

Library collections support faculty teaching and student learning by providing resources in a variety of formats: print, electronic/online, and audiovisual. Collections include the main collection, reference collection, reserve collection and the periodicals collection.  Videos and other media, special collections, and digital collections add further depth and breadth to library collections. Additionally, the Seattle University libraries are members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest. This grants SU students, faculty, and staff access to patron-initiated borrowing of materials via the Summit catalog, which contains the holdings of all Orbis Cascade Alliance members - over 28 million items.

To learn more about the library, I invite you to check out our vision and mission, found here, and our Strategic Plan, found here The Strategic Plan sets a new course for 2018 – 2021.

I wish you every success in the new academic year! And, of course, let me hear from you if you have comments, concerns or questions. You can reach me through our Contact form -, or email me directly at

Sarah Barbara Watstein