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