The Byzantine Catholic Seminary Library features theological and historical resources focusing on:
- Eastern Christianity
- Catholic dogma and theology
- Prostopinije and liturgical chant
- Carpatho-Rusyn, Slovak and Ukrainian culture and heritage
9am-4pm Monday through Friday and by appointment
Closed all major secular and religious holidays
NOTE: Since the library is housed within the Seminary’s residence halls, it has limited availability to non-residents. Therefore we recommend that you contact the librarian a day or two in advance just to be sure that someone will be available to let you in.
With nearly 25,000 cataloged items, 150 periodicals and a growing catalog of electronic resources, the Byzantine Catholic Seminary Library holds a specialized collection of unique items in the field of Eastern Catholic theology and music as well as Eastern European history.
The library collection contains publications from the 16th to the 21st century. Some are manuscripts, but most of the collection consists of printed books and increasingly, other non-print media, concentrating on the Byzantine Catholic Church specifically. But it extends its focus as well to the Eastern Orthodox Church, its theology, and history as well as seeking items to add to our extensive collection of musical resources unique to the practice of prostopinije, or Ruthenian liturgical chant. The library also has a general collection of Christian dogma and theology books and the other major religions of the world as well as Eastern and Central European history and languages.
The Library primarily serves the seminary student body, providing intellectual and technological support for course work as well as thesis research. Furthermore, the Library also responds to the research needs of its faculty as they produce scholarship in their chosen fields. While the primary focus of the Library is academic, by virtue of its unique collection of materials on the Byzantine and Orthodox Churches as well as liturgical music, it is also a research and special collections library.