USML Library

USML Library Update

As of Monday, June 14, the USML Library is now fully open to the public as well as to all students, faculty, and staff during its regular summer hours:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday  8:30am – 4:30pm

Tuesday and Thursday  8:30am – 9:00pm

We will also be open on the following summer weekends:

Saturday, July 10, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Sunday, July 11, 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Mask use and social distancing in the library are no longer required of anyone fully vaccinated.  If you have not been fully vaccinated, we ask that you continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing.  If you have any questions about our hours, services, or policies, please contact DeAnne Besetzny, 847.970.4821.

Access to Resources 

The library’s electronic resources and services are available to all USML enrolled students and faculty from on and off-campus.  Select resources are also available to USML alumni.  Interlibrary loan services through other college/university libraries in Illinois or nationally/internationally are available as well.  Library staff are on site to provide support as needed.  For research assistance or any other questions, you are welcome to contact us (Library Staff Page).

ACTS / I-Share Libraries

Members of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) and all I-Share libraries have access to our collections through I-Share.  More information on the campus’ reopening can be found on the USML home page (https://usml.edu).


Feehan Memorial Library and McEssy Theological Resource Center contains over 200,000 volumes with notable collections in patristics, canon law, scripture, systematic theology, and church history. The library’s online catalog provides users the ability to search for books, print and online journals, ebooks and DVDs.  Online databases and e-journal subscriptions provide full- text articles from over 10,000 online journals.

The library was featured in American Libraries Direct online magazine which showcased 250 libraries around the world that were notable for their exquisite architecture, historic collections, and innovative services.

Visitors are welcome to tour the library and peruse books, but, outside of USML faculty and students, only the following patrons may borrow books:

– Faculty and students of universities/colleges that participate in the I-Share consortium

– Library cardholders from an Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) institution that does not participate in the I-Share consortium

– Chicago priests residing in the Archdiocese of Chicago

Contact the Library

Phone: 847-970-4820
Email: AskALibrarian@usml.edu