The Bruening-Marotta Library



Library Mission

By collecting and curating the resources necessary for theological analysis and critical reflection (Institutional Conviction 3 – Theological Thinking), and by fostering the articulation of theological ideas (Institutional Conviction 4 – Communication), the Saint Mary Seminary Library supports study and research at the Masters and Doctoral levels.  It also collaborates with and serves as a theological resource for Borromeo Seminary, the Permanent Diaconate program, the Lay Ecclesial Ministry program, the Office of Ongoing Formation for Clergy, and, more generally, for patrons across Ohio.

Library Goals

In pursuit of its mission, the Library has five primary goals:

  • To assemble a strong collection of materials adequate to support graduate work in theology at the Masters and the Doctor of Ministry levels.
  • To create and provide the tools necessary to allow patrons to efficiently identify and obtain materials required for their study.
  • To maintain inventory and circulation control of the collection.
  • To provide assistance to patrons in effectively using the Library.
  • To provide physical facilities adequate for housing the collection, for the staffing of the Library, and for the creation of a hospitable place to study

About Us

The Bruening-Marotta Library holds more than 83,000 volumes, nearly 500 units of audiovisual media, and subscribes to approximately 200 current periodicals. In addition, the Library is a member of OhioLINK, a consortium of 117 academic libraries in Ohio. Through OhioLINK Seminary students have access to nearly 44 million books and Library materials, plus access to more than 150 electronic research databases, including the ATLA Religion Database.

COVID-19 Protocols in the Library

  • Patrons are required to wear face masks whenever they are using the Library.
  • Patrons shall maintain a distance of 6 feet between themselves and others in the Library.
  • Patrons are urged to engage in frequent handwashing, or to use the hand-sanitizer provided.
  • The Library will follow a daily routine of cleaning shared surfaces.
  • The Library has reduced the available seating in the Library and the number of public terminals.
  • The Library encourages patrons to use their own laptop instead of Library computers, where possible.
  • The Library has instituted a 3-day quarantine for all returned materials. This may affect resource availability.
  • The Library encourages patrons to consult the catalog for resources available online.
  • The Library will accept limited scanning requests (an article, a chapter of a book).
  • Food and drink are prohibited in the Library.

Library Hours

Usual Academic Year Hours:  

Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am-10:00 pm
Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday, 1:00 pm-9:00 pm

Library Calendar Spring 2021


Library Layout

There are three levels in the Library:  the Main floor, the Balcony, and the Lower Level.

On the Main floor you will find our Reference collection on shelves around the walls.  Audio visual resources (CDs, VHS cassettes and DVDs), and the Reserve books are also on the Main floor, along with the Horstmann collection.  Other books on this level are primarily biographies, philosophy titles, and psychology.  (The Library uses the Dewey Decimal classification system, and the books with classification numbers 0 – 199 are found on the Main floor.)

The circulation desk, and the public catalog computers are on the Main floor, along with the offices of Library staff.

In the Balcony you will find current periodicals on display, plus previous issues for the current volume.  A reading area and study tables are available in the Balcony, as well as the Library’s microfilm resources.  Computers for student use are also located here.

The Lower Level the bulk of the Library collection, books with the classification numbers 200 – 999.  Bound journals are located in the Basement, on mobile shelving, arranged alphabetically by title.

Duplication Services

The Library copy machine/scanner is located in the Basement.  Instead of accepting coins, the copy machine uses a copy card.  Copy cards can be purchased from the receptionist in the Lobby and are available in denominations of $1.00, $2.00, $5.00, $10.00, and $20.00.  Copies cost $0.05 each.  Scanning to a USB drive is a no-cost option, and instructions for this choice are posted on the wall above the copier.

The library seeks to comply with all provisions of the U.S. copyright law.  Notice is posted that the person using the copier is responsible for any infringement of Title 17, U.S. Code.

Wireless access

Students with appropriately capable laptops have access to a wireless connection in the Library.  Upon entering the BOR or SMS programs, seminarians are assigned a Barracuda username and password, which allows access the wireless network.   Non-resident patrons should see a member of the Library staff if they desire wireless access.

Library Handbook 

Library Staff

Alan K. Rome              (440) 943-7665 

Blaženka Livaja           (440) 943-7805