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USML Library

USML Library Closure During COVID-19 Health Crisis

The USML Library’s physical facilities are now fully closed without any onsite staff support until further notice.  This means that patrons will not be able to access or acquire any of the Library’s print resources at this time.  All of the Library’s electronic resources and services, however, including databases, web sites, eBooks, and eJournals, will continue to be accessible to USML students, faculty, and staff.

Library staff will continue to work remotely and are available to address library-related issues.  If you have any questions about access to and/or use of these resources for your research and study, please contact myself, crogers@usml.edu, or Matt Isaia, misaia@usml.edu.  For questions related to circulation, you are welcome to contact DeAnne Besetzny, dbesetzny@usml.edu.  Please note that book and article requests from other libraries will likely not be able to be filled at this time, as most library-lending activities of this nature have been suspended.

The USML Library is committed in accord with the University’s stated position to do all we can to support and assist seminarians, graduate students, and the students of the Institutes in successfully completing this semester, even when our physical spaces are closed.  Please check back with us for updates on when we will be reopened.  We appreciate your patronage and support.

Thank you and all good wishes during this time.

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


Contact the Library

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