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.
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.
Our Library Through the Years
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.