Back
  • Overview
  • Life at Ursuline
  • Success Stories
  • Ranking & Recognition
  • Ursuline on Social
  • Our Heritage
  • Virtual Tour
  • Around Cleveland
  • Overview
  • Undergraduate Admission
  • Graduate Admission
  • Accelerated Admission
  • Connect with a Counselor
  • Scholarships

  • Overview
  • Find a Program
  • Course Catalogs
  • Career Svcs.
  • Academic Support Svcs.
  • Academic Partnerships
  • Registrar
  • Our Faculty
  • Overview
  • Campus Life
  • Residence Halls
  • Student Activities
  • Orientation
  • Counseling & Career Svcs.
  • Women's Center
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Campus Ministry
  • Policy on Sexual Misconduct
  • Overview
  • Tuition & Costs
  • Net Price Calculator
  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarships
  • Student Svcs. Center
  • Helpful Downloads
  • Connect with a Counselor
  • Donate Online
  • Ways to Give
  • Planned Giving
  • Gifts of Stock and IRA Rollovers
  • Scholarships
  • Annual Fund
  • The Impact of Giving
  • Donor Recognition
  • Overview
  • Get Involved
  • Support for Young Scholars
  • Alumnae Stories
  • Awards & Recognition
  • Alumnae Resources
  • Update Your Information
  • Board
  • Photos & Videos
  • Overview
  • Hours
  • Find...
  • Ask a Librarian
  • Reserve a Study Room
  • Article Request
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Library Guides
  • Archives
  • Policies
  • Kazel Center
  • Friends of the Library
  • Overview
  • History
  • Photos & Videos
  • Overview
  • Mission & Vision
  • History
  • Office of the President
  • Leadership
  • Employment
  • Marketing & Communication
  • Consumer Information
  • Sustainability
  • Home / Library / Library

    Library

    Overview

    Library Hours

    Today's Hours

    7:45am - 11:00pm

    more hours

    Library Login Apply Now Schedule a Visit Find a Program

    Ralph M. Besse Library

    The Ralph M. Besse Library seeks to provide intellectual nourishment for students, faculty, staff, and friends of the community.

    Ursuline college student in library6

    The Ralph M. Besse Library seeks to provide intellectual nourishment for students, faculty, staff, and friends of the community. Opened in 1985 and named for a trustee and cherished friend of the College, the Library provides a welcoming space to learn, study, research, and collaborate.

    The Ralph M. Besse Library was opened in Fall of 1985 and named for a benefactor of Ursuline College. Ralph Moore Besse was a trustee and cherished friend of Ursuline College for almost three decades. An enormously successful businessman, Besse was also strong believer in the value of higher education. His fierce commitment to Ursuline College began in the early 1960s, when he helped raise the necessary funds to make Ursuline’s then-new Pepper Pike campus a reality, and it lasted through his many years on the college’s Board of Trustees, all the way up until his death 2002.

    In countless ways, Besse’s essence is stamped into the very fabric of the library, but that is far from the only thing that makes Ursuline’s library unique.

    Those who wish to help sustain the Library and its work at Ursuline can join Friends of the Ralph M. Besse Library. Learn more here.

    Ursuline College

    Entry for video contest: Community Stars | Dealers Give Back more

    Ursuline College Dumpster Dive

    Members of Ursuline's sustainability committee sort through garbage to determine what could have... more

    Ursuline College Basketball Player

    Ursuline College student talks about why she is glad she came to Ursuline... more

    Ursuline College Social Work

    Ursuline College Social Work student discusses why she came to Ursuline for her... more

    Ursuline College Education

    Ursuline College education student discusses why she chose to come to college at... more

    Ursuline College Fashion

    Ursuline College Fashion student talks about her education more

    Ursuline College Nursing

    Ursuline College Nursing student discusses her education more

    Student Testimonial - Valerie

    Nursing student Valerie shares what attracted her to Ursuline College and what she... more

    Valerie - Advice for Nursing Students

    Nursing student Valerie shares advice for students considering nursing school. more

    Valerie - Getting Involved at Ursuline

    Nursing student Valerie shares more about the largest student organization, Student Nurses of... more

    Nadia - Why Ursuline

    Psychology student Nadia shares what she thinks makes the Ursuline College experience distinct. more

    Student Testimonial - Nadia

    Psychology student Nadia shares what she has enjoyed most about her Ursuline College... more

    Jocelyn - Being a Commuter Student

    Alumna Jocelyn shares her experience of being a commuter student at Ursuline College. more

    Jocelyn - Ursuline on the Road

    Alumna Jocelyn shares her experience of Ursuline on the Road, a program through... more

    Student Testimonial - Jocelyn

    Alumna Jocelyn shares what makes an Ursuline College education unique. more

    Hannah - Ursuline on the Road

    Hannah shares her experience with Ursuline on the Road, a program through the... more

    Hannah - Residence Life

    Hannah shares what she enjoyed most about her experience as a first-year resident... more

    Hannah - Student Athlete

    Hannah, a member of the Arrows' Division II Volleyball team, shares her experience... more

    Euneata - Internship Experience

    Euneata, an Art Therapy and Psychology double major, shares her excitement for an... more

    Student Testimonial - Euneata

    Euneata shares what attracted her to Ursuline College and what she has enjoyed... more

    Cyli - Ursuline on the Road

    Cyli shares her experience with Ursuline on the Road, a program through the... more

    Student Testimonial - Cyli

    Cyli shares what she enjoys most about being a student at Ursuline College. more

    Student Testimonial - Carlie

    Biology major Carlie shares what she has enjoyed most about being a student... more

    Carlie - Getting Involved at Ursuline

    Carlie, a commuter student, shares her experience of getting involved at Ursuline College... more

    #UrsulineCollegeGives 2018

    Ursuline's 2nd annual giving day, #UrsulineCollegeGives, kicks off at noon on Tuesday, November... more

    Message from Sister Christine De Vinne, O.S.U., PhD '73

    Alumni Profile: Emily Adkinson '17

    #UrsulineCollegeGives Announcement

    #UrsulineCollegeGives

    Move-In Day 2017

    Videography by Seamus Leahy more

    Ursuline Christmas Wish 2016

    We at Ursuline College wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a blessed 2017.... more

    Celebrating 50 Years in Pepper Pike

    Ursuline College was founded in Cleveland in 1871 but moved to its current... more

    Merry Christmas from Ursuline College - 2015

    Merry Christmas from Ursuline College - 2015 more

    Ursuline College an Architectural History & Closing Remarks

    Jessica Beam, Karl Brunjes, Ashley Hardison, Gail Peabody, Tara Carlson more

    Bre-Anna Carruthers

    Green Housing in Cleveland more

    Scott Plescia

    Effects of the Flipped Classroom on Student Achievement more

    Jennifer Miroglotta

    Reaching Reading Potential: The Effects of Assistive Technology on Struggling Readers more

    Bravina Talia Trovato

    Hatching Bluebirds on Campus: The Story Behind Ursuline's New Eastern Bluebird Trail more

    Michelle Cochran

    Oncology Nursing Compassion Fatigue: Art Therapy for Self Awareness and Self Care more

    Stephanie Erin Dumperth

    Patriarchal Colonialism: Examining How this Phenomenon has Affected the Indigenous People of the... more

    Intro & Courtney Jackson

    The Journey for Equality: African-Americans' Use of Music to Battle Discrimination more

    Innovations '15 Sneak Peak

    Sneak Peak of Ursuline College's fashion show, Innovations. This year's show is on... more

    Ursuline College - Student Research Symposium

    Ursuline College - Student Research Symposium more

    VIBE

    All Campus Student Exhibition Opening more

    Book Tree 2014

    Sr. Diana Stano speaks on Founders Day

    Founders Day Brunch 11-16-2014 more

    Jack Newman speaks on Founders Day

    Founders Day Brunch 11-16-2014 more

    Metz for Residents

    Metz Dining Services for Non-Residents

    'Holy Women Icons' by: Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber

    W.E.A.V. Presents: 'Holy Women Icons' by: Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber more

    URSA virtual tour: Academic Support Center

    Meet some of the URSA staff more

    Banned Book Week 2014

    Ursuline celebrates 3rd annual Banned Book Week Video by Molly Carroll Special Thanks to: Comic... more

    Best Closet in Cleveland Exhibition Set-up

    Avery Friedman Human Rights Scholarship - $100K Celebration 8-7-14

    Avery Friedman Human Rights Scholarship - $100k Celebration 8-7-14 more

    Math Alumnae Jessica Korkosz '09, MBA '13

    #UCGrad14

    ‘Words of Wisdom’ for this year’s grads from faculty and staff. more

    Innovations '14

    Performed by Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix) For information go... more

    URSA Virtual Tour: Academic Support Center

    Academic Support Center staff explain tutoring, accommodations, testing and the FOCUS program Video by... more

    URSA Virtual Tour: Student Success Office

    Sr. Virginia discusses academic orientation, student advising and programs such as UCOACH, LEAD,... more

    groundbreaking

    This video is about groundbreaking more

    Celebrating Poetry Month

    Video by Molly Carroll, Media Center Ursuline's Faculty and Staff share their favorite poems more

    Best Closet in Cleveland: 30th Anniversary of the Historic Costume Collection

    Fashion Promo

    The students of Ursuline College’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies Fashion Program... more

    Transnational Perspectives on Women's Rights as Human Rights

    15th Annual Faculty Lecture Series: Best Closet in Cleveland

    With over 3,500 pieces of 20th Century American fashion donated by Greater Clevelanders,... more

    Ceremonial Demolition 3-25-14

    O'Brien Ceremonial Demolition 3-25-14 - Opening Remarks

    Ursuline College education alumna working to change lives of Cleveland youth

    Most people remember forever one teacher that made an impressionable difference in their... more

    Biology Alumna Anna Grinberg '01

    OFIC-UrsulineCollege

    Alumna Amanda Santiago Lott '07 talks about her career in Graphic Design

    Visual Communication Design Alumna Amanda Santiago Lott '07

    Kathryn Holzheimer at Wasmer Gallery

    Brushless Techniques with Kathryn Holzheimer

    Ursuline College PR & Marketing Communications Alumna

    PR & Marketing Communications Alumna Elizabeth Coletta Ambrose '08 more

    PR & Marketing Communications Alumna on working in Downtown Cleveland

    PR & Marketing Communications Alumna on working in Downtown Cleveland more

    Pilla Seasons

    Ursuline Bookstore

    Meet Lily, Ursuline's resident therapy dog

    The offices of URSA provide a variety of services and programs to help... more

    Food Time.

    Metz at Ursulne College- seen through Google Glass more

    Study Grind.

    Besse Library at Ursuline College more

    Embrace The Snow

    It's the cold hard fact that we will be buried under snow for... more

    Dress Up For No Reason

    On the LAST day of 2013... do it up! Dress Up! Regardless of... more

    Go Technology Free

    Try to cut your technology ties on December 29th! Experience a day without emails,... more

    1 Hour Adventure

    On December 28th, go for a drive! Don't have a destination in mind,... more

    Pay It Forward

    5 days until the New Year...! Try to Pay It Forward - December... more

    Try Something New

    On your six days until the New Year Try Something New - December... more

    Diane Pinchot on becoming an Artist

    Diane Pinchot on the Studio Art Program

    Diane Pinchot

    2014

    In 2014, keep in mind these words: Do Something Get Moving Be Confident Risk New Things Stick... more

    Ursuline College Christmas Card 2013

    What's your wish for 2014? more

    Ursuline College Community Christmas Card 2013

    Ursuline College Christmas Card 2013

    Caminando

    thankful. part 3.

    The Cinematheque - Behind The Screen

    thankful. part 1.

    thankful. part 2.

    thankful.

    Ursuline alumna Erin Childers '11 discusses Chemistry program

    Ursuline College Chemistry Program

    Ursuline Professor Melissa Barranger-Mathys talks about the future of Chemistry

    Ursuline Student Autumn Hepler on the Chemistry Program

    Ursuline College Breen School of Nursing

    To find out more information about the Ursuline College Breen School of Nursing,... more

    Natalie Huggins

    Ursuline United


    ? Help