16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
||Fax Number: (301) 447-5099
Kathleen Sterner, Reference Librarian
Julie Shenk, Information Technology Librarian
||Jessica Whitmore, Archives Manager
Hours of Service
|Monday -- Thursday
||7:30 a.m. -- 2:00 a.m.
||7:30 a.m. -- 10:00 p.m.
||9:00 a.m. -- 9:00 p.m.
||10:00 a.m. -- 2:00 a.m.
|Open to the public:
|Monday -- Friday
||8:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m.
|Open to the public:
||Yes, appointment is strongly urged
The public may use the library. Interlibrary loan is available to those who
have a library card. These cards are available to students, faculty and local
townspeople. The Library also provides two scanning stations.
The Archives is open to the public, but researchers are strongly urged to
call ahead for an appointment.
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- Reference Policy:
- Library: Telephone and mail queries are accepted. Reference desk hours are:
||8:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m.
Archives: Research requests, by phone, mail, or e-mail, are accepted from
researchers unable to conduct their own research due to geographical, physical
or other limitations.
- Borrowing Privileges:
- Library: Only faculty, students and residents of Maryland.
Archives: Items in the Archives and Special Collections are not loaned
out, except for exhibition in museums.
- Mount St. Mary’s is a member of both OCLC and the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA).
- Background Note:
- Phillips Library supports the curriculum and research needs of the University’s undergraduate and graduate programs through its physical collections, digital resources, document delivery/interlibrary loan, research and instruction services. The library also provides a variety engaging spaces including individual and group study rooms, classrooms and casual gathering areas that support learning. The library contains the University’s archives and special collections, which include rare historical material connected with early American Catholicism and the state of Maryland.
Our aspirations for Hugh J. Phillips Library are:
- A library that is perceived by students as a welcoming, convenient and comfortable environment that meets their expectations and fosters the development of a community of learners.
- A library whose information resources adequately support each of the University’s academic divisions and thereby enhances our students’ learning and academic success.
- A library that provides expert research assistance and promotes student engagement with scholarly resources.
- Books and monographs:
- The Library has approximately 48,000 volumes classified in BL-BX with inclusive
publishing dates from the early 19th to the 20th century. This is the single
main collection using LC classification. The collection supports the curriculum
of all three student bodies (undergraduate, graduate and seminary). General
theology is collected to support the undergraduate and graduate programs.
The Theological Seminary is one of the largest Catholic theological seminaries
in the country. The particular strengths of this collection are works on
patristics, American Catholic history and Catholic spiritual formation.
Also of importance is a good collection of works on and representing early
19th century Catholic history in Maryland.
Special Collections has approximately 700 books. Highlights
in Special Collections include Catholic Church history, the history of Mount
St. Mary's College and Seminary, prominent Catholic American families, Catholic
religious institutions, missions and some religious art. Geographically,
these Special Collections relate to Maryland, the United States, Europe,
and Latin America.
- Periodicals and newspapers:
- The Library has approximately 1,000 periodical subscriptions relating to religion
with inclusive dates from 1879 to the present. They also subscribe to Project
Muse and Expanded Academic ASAP, both of which have scores
of full text religion periodicals online. Serial highlights mirror those of
the book collection with a particular focus on Catholic spiritual formation.
The Journal of Moral Theology is peer-reviewed and focuses on Catholic moral theology. The journal is published by Mount St. Mary’s University.
The Archives has several important newsletters relating
to Mount St. Mary's University. These include Pipeline,
Mt. Echo, Vineyard, Mt. Briefing, Lighted Corners and Monocacy
Valley. Finding aids are available in the Archives for some of these
newspapers, newsletters, and journals.
- Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
- The Archives holds approximately 842 linear feet of manuscripts and archives,
some of which predate the founding of the College and Seminary in 1808. Areas
of interest and subject highlights include missionary work; women religious;
prominent American political and religious leaders; slavery; Mount St. Mary's
College and Seminary history; religious formation of alumni as seen from the
Revolutionary and Civil Wars, WWI and WWII; Elizabeth Seton; Sisters of Charity;
including notes, diaries, and letters relating to United States
missions in South America; and diaries, journals, oral histories of Mount
St. Mary's alumni, showing the spiritual development of these former students;
and correspondence from members of religious communities (e.g. priests, brothers,
women religious, bishops, cardinals and popes). Geographical scope is global;
denominational scope is Roman Catholic.
There is a card catalog indexed by author, subject, location, and names
of individual. The catalog is cross-referenced chronologically.
The archival collection includes academic, administrative and alumni records,
Board of Trustees minutes, and correspondence; departmental reports; development,
financial, governmental, and faculty records; litigations; personnel and
Mount St. Mary's Presidential records; public relations; pamphlets; Seminary
information and various studies. Some of the subject areas covered are the
integration of women into Mount St. Mary's in 1972, control within the church
and religion versus the secular in this century.
- The Archives has a few maps pertaining to the land acquisition in the development
of Mount Saint Mary's campus.
The card catalog contains records of these items.
- Audiovisual Materials:
- There are approximately 144 audiovisual materials relating
to religion. These titles support the curriculum of the Library.
- Paintings, photographs, slides, and prints:
- The Archives holds a large number in this category
representing two centuries of the Catholic tradition. Religious artwork dates
to the medieval and Renaissance periods and is both European and American
in origin. Artwork includes such topics as the ancient Church, Church hierarchy,
Church history, famous historical figures, portraits of Mount St. Mary Presidents,
prominent alumni, Roman architecture and sacred art. Specific items include
religious vessels, vestments and objects. This collection also contains over
50,000 photographs of art, priests, the Seminary, seminarians, and staff
as well as many photographs of life and architecture on the campus of Mount
- The Library has 18 databases related to theology resources.
Catholic Church--History; Catholic Church--United States--History; Jesuits; Missions
and missionaries; Monasticism and religious orders for women; Mount St. Mary's
Seminary and College; Papacy; Papal encyclicals; Seton, Elizabeth Ann, Saint,
1774-1821; Sisters of Charity; Slavery and the church; Spirituality--Catholic