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The USML Library is open to the public for the summer semester during the campus’s open hours from 9:00am to 4:30pm daily.  All current USML students, faculty, and staff have access to the library according to its regular schedule, If you have any questions about our hours, services, or policies, please contact our general librarian number at 847.970.4820.

Feehan Memorial Library and McEssy Theological Resource Center contain 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.

Access to Resources 

The library’s electronic resources and services are available to all USML enrolled students and faculty from on and off-campus.  Select resources are also available to USML alumni.  Interlibrary loan services through other college/university libraries in Illinois.  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).

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Members of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) and all I-Share libraries have access to our collections through I-Share. 


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The Library of Catholic Thought, one of the modules in Bloomsbury's Theology and Religion Online database, presents essential resources for studying the development of Catholic theology, culture, history, and biblical interpretation.  Explore the Library of Catholic Thought today

Oxford Bibliographies Online - Biblical Studies provides articles and up-to-date bibliographies on a wide range of leading topics and themes in the academic field of biblical studies and interpretation.  Explore Oxford Bibliographies Online - Biblical Studies today  

The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries, contained within Bloomsbury's Theology and Religion Online database, provides in digital format the full 86-volume set of the commentaries, offering some of the highest quality resources in contemporary biblical scholarship.  Explore the Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries today

DeGruyter's University Press Library offers full-text access to more than 10,000 e-books in Theology & Religion and Philosophy (among many other disciplines or fields of study that are available) published through some of the leading university presses, including Columbia, Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, Toronto, University of Chicago, and Yale.  This trial extends through April 30, 2022.  Explore DeGruyter's University Press today

Sources Chrétiennes Online offers a rich corpus of patristic and medieval source texts in Greek, Latin, Syriac, Aramaic and Georgian, accompanied by French translations.  The database includes 385 volumes out of the 600+ in the print edition series, with the expectation that electronic access to the entire printed series will be available by 2025 Explore Sources Chrétiennes Online today


Oxford Scholarship / University Press Online is a vast and rapidly-expanding online library, providing easy access to thousands of books across the world-renowned scholarly list of Oxford University Press.

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Brill's Encyclopedia of Early Christianity focuses on the history of early Christian texts, authors, and ideas. Its content bridges the scholarly gap between the fields of New Testament studies and patristics, covering the entire era of early Christianity up to 600 CE.

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Project Muse Site

Project MUSE is a premier digital resource for scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences.

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Jstor Site

JSTOR's Religion & Theology collection supports scholarly research in theology and religious studies as well as related disciplines such as philosophy, history, literature, and archaeology.

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Oxford Handbooks Online is an outstanding collection of the best Handbooks, covering a wide range of subject areas.

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Oxford Biblical Studies Online is a comprehensive resource for the study of the Bible and biblical history.

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A comprehensive database on biblical archaeology, including over 7,000 articles from Biblical Archaeology Review (1975 to present), Bible Review (1985 to 2005 complete), and Archaeology Odyssey (1998 to 2006 complete) as well as the New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, e-books, videos and more.

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