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Feehan Memorial Home


As of Monday, June 14, the USML Library is now fully open to the public as well as to all students, faculty, and staff during its regular summer hours:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday  8:30am – 4:30pm

Tuesday and Thursday  8:30am – 9:00pm

We will also be open on the following summer weekends:

Saturday, June 19, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Sunday, June 20, 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Saturday, July 10, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Sunday, July 11, 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Mask use and social distancing in the library are no longer required of anyone fully vaccinated.  If you have not been fully vaccinated, we ask that you continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing.  If you have any questions about our hours, services, or policies, please contact DeAnne Besetzny, 847.970.4821.

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 or nationally/internationally are available as well.  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).

ACTS / I-Share Libraries

Members of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) and all I-Share libraries have access to our collections through I-Share.  More information on the campus' reopening can be found on the USML home page (



The Library of Catholic Thought, a part of Bloomsbury's Theology and Religion Online database, presents essential resources for studying the development of Catholic theology, culture, and history. Explore the Library of Catholic Thought today.

The T&T Clark Jesus Library, a part of Bloomsbury's Theology and Religion Online database, offers students and scholars of religion and biblical studies core resources for studying the life of Jesus and his influence in theology, history, and culture. Explore the Jesus Library today. 


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Safety Precautions in Using the USML Library

  • Masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times while in the library, except when alone in private offices.
  • Proper social distancing of six feet must be maintained at all times. Seating at the study tables in Feehan Memorial Library and McEssy Theological Resource Center are marked to ensure this. Chairs where a person may sit are marked with a cross on the backrests, and chairs in-between the designated seating spaces are marked with signs to leave these chairs vacant. Please observe the posted signs and practice social distancing within these spaces.
  • Occupancy within each of the study alcoves in McEssy is restricted to no more than two people at a table.
  • The centralized open seating area of McEssy is arranged to ensure six feet of space exists between chair or sofa grouping. The seats that should remain unoccupied will be marked with an appropriate marker as indicated. 
  • The kitchen in McEssy will remain closed until further notice. 
  • The Feehan and McEssy elevators are limited to one person at a time.
  • Only one computer workstation as well as the scanner are available for use in the Periodical Room in Feehan. The workstation, scanner, and self-checkout system in McEssy are also available. 
  • All returned books will be quarantined for one day before being reshelved and therefore will not be immediately available for reuse.
  • All books requested from other libraries (through I-Share borrowing) are also quarantined for one day prior to becoming available to the requesting patron.
  • We ask per USML guidelines that you clean/sanitize the public workspaces you have been using (study tables, chairs, computers, scanners) before leaving them. Sanitizing kits are in designated areas. 

For USML Library Hours, please check the daily, weekly, and monthly calendar on the left-hand column of this web page. 


 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the USML Library has created a new webpage dedicated to electronic resources that have become freely available during this time.  Click the graphic to view our newest academic e-resources. 





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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Credo Site

Credo Reference is now available to USML faculty and students! Credo enhances the research experience by combining authoritative reference content with a one-stop exploratory search platform, integrated with our library resources.

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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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This database centers on the history of slavery, racism, and race in the United States and the world, from ancient times to the present. It includes thousands of legal documents and commentaries on slavery as well as pamphlets, books, journal articles, essays, modern histories, and the newest scholarship on these topics.

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Chicago Studies is a theological journal for those serving in parish ministry. 

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