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The USML Library's hours and operations for the beginning of the spring semester are as follows:

Beginning January 19

On January 19 the USML Library will reopen to all faculty, staff, seminarians, resident and non-resident students.  Non-USML patrons will still not be able to have in-person access to the USML Library at this time.

Access to Resources 

The library's electronic resources and services will continue to be available during the library's physical closure. Interlibrary loan services with other college/university libraries in Illinois are also available.  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 I-Share libraries still have access to our collection through I-Share, but in-person access to the USML library is not possible at this time. More information on the re-opening of the campus will be available on the home page of the USML website (


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 available. 
  • All returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours before being reshelved and therefore will not be immediately available for reuse.
  • All books requested from other libraries (through I-Share borrowing) are quarantined for 72 hours prior to becoming available to the requesting patron.
  • All print course reserves will also have a 72-hour quarantine period when returned. Please plan accordingly.
  • We ask per USML guidelines that you clean/sanitize the public workspaces you have (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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