While the library building is closed until further notice, the Library's online services and resources continue to be available to Northwestern students, faculty, and staff.

Please see this Guide to Modified Services for more information.

Ruth McGuire

Director of Library Services


I completed the MLS at the Unviersity of Alabama (Roll Tide!). A couple years later, I moved to MN as a newlywed and began working at the Berntsen Library. I've been there ever since, taking on the role of Library Director in November 2005. When I'm not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, being in nature, traveling, and (of course) reading.


M.L.S. The University of Alabama. Subject: Library and Information Studies

B.A. The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Major: English. Minor: Business Administration

Specialty Areas

Library Administration & Management

Liaison: Department of Business, Academic Affairs, New Programs

CLIC (Cooperating Libraries in Consortium) Board Member

University Service: Faculty Award for Outstanding Service, 2018