USML Library

USML Library Update

Currently the campus is closed to all visitors, guests, and the general public. 

Library Re-opening 

As of Monday, August 31st, the USML Library is now open for all USML students, faculty, and staff, including all non-resident students enrolled in any USML program. All USML students will be granted access to the campus and in-person access to the library during its regular hours.

Access to Resources 

The library’s electronic resources and services continue to be available. Interlibrary loan services with other college/university libraries in Illinois have now resumed.  Public libraries also participate in the interlibrary loan program, allowing access to our print collection through your local library. 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 I-Share libraries still have access to our collection through I-Share, but in-person access to the USML library is not possible at this time. More information on the re-opening of the campus will be available on the home page of the USML website in the future (https://usml.edu).


The situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is fluid and can change quickly. While every effort will be made to keep the announcements on this page up to date, issues of health and safety could require changes in the access policy.


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