Supporting Theological Analysis and Critical Reflection

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:

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.

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About the Library

Our Collections, Hours, and Staff

The Bruening-Marotta Library holds more than 85,000 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 121 academic libraries in Ohio. Through OhioLINK Seminary students have access to nearly 44 million books and Library materials, plus access to more than 140 electronic research databases, including the ATLA Religion Database.

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

*Variations in this schedule can be found in the Library Calendar section below.

Library Staff

Alan K. Rome

(440) 943-7665

Blaženka Livaja

(440) 943-7805

Exploring the Library

The Layout of Materials

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

Duplication Services

Accessing the Copy Machine/Scanner

The Library copy machine/scanner is located in the Basement. Should you need to make paper copies, please see a member of the Library staff. Paper copies are $0.05 each.

In addition, scanning is a no-cost option, with documents either saved to a USB drive or sent to an email address. Instructions for these processes are posted on the wall behind 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.

Campus-Wide Wireless Access

Connecting to Wireless in the Library

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

Library Calendar – Spring 2024

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