USML Library

USML Library Update

The USML Library is open to the public for the fall semester during the campus’s open hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily.  All current USML students, faculty, and staff have access to the library according to its regular schedule, https://usml.libcal.com/hours/.  Masks are presently required to be worn and social distancing practiced by all patrons while in the Library.  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 contain 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

The Diary of Bishop William Quarter

Contact the Library

Phone: 847-970-4833
Email: crogers@usml.edu