The Catholic University of America

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University Libraries

The CUA library system houses more than 1.4 million books and print journals and provides access to more than 32,000 full-text electronic journals and books and more than 120 online databases. The John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library maintains collections in the humanities, social sciences, library science, engineering, religious studies, theology, philosophy, and canon law. Four campus libraries provide access to research materials in architecture, music, physics, biology, and nursing.

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections contains printed books and pamphlets dating from the 1470s, including the Clementine Library, the collection of Catholic Americana, and the Foster Stearns Collection on the Knights of Malta. The Semitics/ICOR Library specializes in the languages and thought of the Bible and the ancient Near East and the languages, literatures, and history of the Christian Near East. The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, located in Aquinas Hall, preserves the records of the University and a large selection of manuscripts and artifacts that document the heritage of American Catholics. All of the special collections of the University libraries are open to researchers.

CUA and eight other university libraries in the D.C. metropolitan area form the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC). The CUA community has privileges to visit the consortium libraries to take advantage of their resources, borrow materials from all WRLC libraries, and order books and articles online from the other libraries, with material being delivered to Mullen Library or directly via the Web.

Research assistance is available at the libraries’ information and reference desks as well as by phone, email, and instant messaging. Personal consultations with librarians also are encouraged for more in-depth research assistance. Librarians also provide research workshops, training in online research and information literacy, and course-related instruction sessions.