Aquinas College, an inclusive educational community rooted in the Catholic and Dominican tradition, provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective, emphasizes career preparation focused on leadership and service to others, and fosters a commitment to lifelong learning dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the common good.
Aquinas students receive a four year liberal arts education with over 100 majors and minors, which prepares them for employment, lifelong learning, and critical thinking. Students make real the vision of the college: Aquinas College is an exceptional Catholic liberal arts college that prepares individuals for careers of leadership and service in developing a sustainable and just global community.
Your college experience isn’t just about what you learn in a classroom. At Aquinas College, we believe it’s just as important to learn on-campus, in the community and around the world. From one of our many registered student organizations, to Campus Life events, to the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, there’s something for everyone at AQ.
Aquinas College is proud to offer a hands-on approach to learning that extends far outside the classroom. From the Library, to the Writing Center, to Counseling, Health & Wellness, our staff are here to help.
Guided by the Catholic Dominican tradition, the Grace Hauenstein Library provides access to information within and beyond the walls of the library. In support of the Aquinas College curriculum, the library creates an environment that sustains and promotes learning, teaching, and information literacy as a path to lifelong learning.
The Grace Hauenstein Library at Aquinas College envisions a future integrating technological advancements with traditional services. The library views the challenges of a rapidly changing environment as an opportunity to build on its strengths and achievements, continuing to make it a center of the Aquinas learning community.
We value all of our users, regardless of their level of expertise or affiliation, as the foundation of our mission.
We treat all people with respect and courtesy.
We practice sustainability with respect to our relationships, collections, spaces and budgets.
We are responsive to the service needs of our users. We consider the impact of all our decisions on the user, and welcome their opinions and input concerning our initiatives and undertakings.
We offer quality service to all users by displaying a positive attitude, valuing the diversity of people and perspectives, and expecting integrity, accountability, and competence in our personal and professional actions.
We work together as a team for the greater good of the Library and the College.
We value open, unrestricted access to our collections, our services, and information in general while respecting individual privacy, autonomy, and free inquiry.
We are committed to impartially connecting our users to the ideas and materials they wish to explore.
We value engagement with and actively seek collaboration with the entire Aquinas community -- and beyond -- to create, improve, expand upon, promote, and provide access to services and resources.
We value user input in making decisions in planning our services, resources, and facilities.
We value and promote intellectual growth, critical thinking, creativity, and lifelong learning.
We provide expertise in identifying, interpreting, and critically analyzing appropriate credible information resources and materials.
An updated, expanded, even a free standing library was long a dream at Aquinas College. A committee was formed to plan a new library as early as 1999, and ground was broken on the present Aquinas College library in September 2005. A dedication ceremony for the new Grace Hauenstein Library with the namesake herself in attendance, was held on Dec. 4, 2006.
For a virtual tour of the Grace Hauenstein Library, check out these videos!
The history of the Aquinas College Library can be traced back to 1931, when Catholic Junior College opened in downtown Grand Rapids. Sister Felix Brand was the first librarian and the holdings were accumulated partly by donation and partly by purchase. The library was located in one long room spanning the south end of the second floor. Read more on our Archives page.