Specialized Reference Books

This is the place to come for specialized books like Scripture commentaries, dictionaries on Theology, Philosophy, Religion, Church History, the Papacy, etc.


Periodical Collection

We subscribe to over 200 journals covering many areas of scholarship and Catholicism. Periodicals are arranged alphabetically by title in our Current Periodical Room, our Bound Periodical Room (for back issues), and also in storage. Periodicals do not circulate.

Note: Our Full-Text Finder tool helps identify which journals we own or have access to, either in print or online.


Vertical Files

Our vertical files contain lots of unique materials not widely available on the internet or in other libraries: church documents, newspaper clippings, etc.  Click here for a representative list of file names.


Classic Catholic Pamphlets

These pamphlets are individually cataloged (and so can be found in our online catalog). Many of them were published by the Catholic Truth Society or in conjunction with "The Catholic Hour." They give a fascinating insight into modern American Catholic history.



The library holds copies of Doctor of Ministry theses produced by former students. These are on permanent "reserve" in the library office.


Papal documents

A collection of several hundred papal and other church documents in printed, pamphlet form. (Encyclicals, addresses, apostolic constitutions, etc.)


Electronic Resources

See: Online Resources for our focused group of online databases, encyclopedias, and sets of eBooks available through the library (most are password protected).


Locally installed CD databases:

Rosetta Stone Spanish (levels 1-5)

The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible

Bibleworks 5