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Marian Library Books

The Marian Library’s collections of published materials document Marian theology and devotion across diverse genres and time periods, from recent scholarly works to medieval manuscripts. The collection's scope is international and includes materials in more than 100 languages. Some areas of the collection have different borrowing and description practices, as noted below.

Most circulating and rare books can be found by using Advanced Search in the online catalog, entering your terms, selecting "Marian Library" in the Location field, and refining by date and/or language, as needed.


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The Marian Library stacks hold the main collection of Marian Library books, with holdings from the nineteenth century to the present day. The bulk of the Marian Library's 100,000+ volumes are found here. The collection's scope includes art books, Catholic theology, lay devotion, liturgy, literature, and other books related to Mary.

Most books in the stacks can be borrowed with a UD ID or courtesy card, but the stacks themselves are closed to the public. Request books at the Marian Library's reception desk, or use the green Request button (where present) to pick up books on the first floor of Roesch.

The Bro. William Fackovec, S.M. Rare Book Collection holds over 6,200 books and manuscripts from 1473 onward. Collection strengths include books of hours, Catholic theology and devotional works printed in Europe, Reformation pamphlets and polemics, and devotional printing in Mexico.

While the bulk of the collection was produced between 1500-1800, there are representatives of medieval manuscripts, incunabula (books printed before 1500) as well as limited editions and artist's books from the 20th and 21st century. The primary languages of the collection are Latin, Spanish, French, Italian, and English.

The Clugnet Collection is a closed collection of approximately 6,500 rare books, manuscripts, periodicals, pamphlets, and ephemera on Marian shrines throughout the world, from the private collection of French bibliographer Léon Clugnet (1848-1920). The materials in this collection were published between the mid-16th century and 1918, with the bulk dating from 1800-1920.

Researchers may also wish to consult the Léon Clugnet Marian Image Collection in the archives; email for more information.

The Marian Library maintains a circulating collection of children’s books in various languages. Some are in unusual formats such as coloring books, pop-up books, or books with puzzle pieces. They include works about the life of Mary, the rosary, Marian apparitions, and catechetical works. The collection has been used for research in Catholic education and children's literature.

The Marian Library's pamphlet collection contains over 10,000 pamphlets, programs, and other leaflets on Marian devotion and other popular topics. Print ephemera can be found throughout the Marian Library's collections, but the pamphlet collection is cataloged on an individual level, albeit with minimal description. Some examples of novena pamphlets have been digitized in the eCommons Novena Collection.

Tip: Browse the [Unclassified Marian Library pamphlet collection] heading and narrow results by keyword or date.

The Marian Library contains periodicals in various languages focused on Marian theology, apparitions, shrines, and religious movements throughout the world, as well as academic journals supporting Marian studies in religion, art, and related topics. While the library maintains subscriptions to some titles, the majority of titles are no longer published and serve as documentation of theological and popular religious perspectives on Mary, from the Vatican to local shrines.

Tip: Researchers seeking a particular article, issue, or volume should check the "Library has" statement in the catalog record, as some holdings are incomplete.

Marian Library publications past and present can be found online through the University of Dayton's institutional repository, eCommons. And while it is not a Marian Library publication, Marian Studies, the proceedings of the Mariological Society of America's annual meeting, can also be found on eCommons.


Accessing Books and Periodicals

Once you've found an item, how do you access it? Electronic resources usually have a direct link, but the catalog information for books and other physical resources can be confusing.

Items with a CHECK SHELVES status are available to borrow. Request them from the seventh floor's welcome during the Marian Library's open hours, and staff will page them for you from the closed stacks.

Tip: Can't make it during the Marian Library's regular hours? Many items in the catalog have a green Request button. UD borrowers can click it to place a hold on an item and receive an email when it's ready for pick up on the first floor. Books on hold can be picked up at the Hello Desks any time Roesch is open!

LIB USE ONLY catalog status indicates that an item cannot be checked out, but can be used in the library. For Marian Library library items, the seventh floor reading room. The Marian Library's rare books, pamphlets, periodicals, and Clugnet Collections are library use only. due to their age, rarity, and/or condition. Archival collections and art are also limited to in-library use. For library use only materials in the U.S. Catholic Special Collection (USCSC in the catalog), contact

Appointments for these items are highly encouraged, and can be made using Book a Librarian or by emailing librarian may meet with you to provide handling information for archival materials and rare books.


Reference sources for rare books

These books can be found in the Marian Library Reading Room:

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