The Reference Library at Aquinas Institute
The library at Aquinas Institute of Theology is a spacious, quiet, welcoming area with comfortable seating, study carrels, two computers for student use, as well as a printer and copier. Primarily a theological reference library with resources from earlier Dominican seminaries, the Aquinas Library maintains a small circulating collection of books and other media with emphasis on scripture, preaching, ministry, and liturgy. Faculty members often place specialized materials on reserve for students in their classes. These materials, like the reference books, do not circulate so that they are available for all students.
Currently, the library subscribes to about forty journals, magazines, and Catholic newspapers, with archived copies of many journals, especially Dominican publications. There is also a separate assemblage of material dedicated to the Order of Preachers, donated and/or related to the Central Province Dominicans. This special collection of Dominicana is shelved along the walls of the library.
The library is open during regular school hours—weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The library closes later when evening classes are being held, i.e., when the last class ends. Aquinas students, faculty, staff, and alums are welcome to sign out and borrow circulating material from the library.
To learn what is available in the Aquinas Library, students may use Populi to find bibliographical information about a book—title, author, subject, Library of Congress (LOC) call number, as well as its location in the library. Reference books have the prefix “REF. ” preceding the LOC number. While reference books never circulate, books in the main collection may be checked out for one month, media materials and periodicals for one week, all with renewal available. The circulating collection occupies the middle section of the floor shelving (main stacks). Each semester there are books pulled from the main collection and designated by a professor as reserved for a particular class. These books also remain in the library for the exclusive use of students in that particular class. These books are located on the short shelves near the southern wall and are grouped by professor’s last name and/or course name. A copy machine is also available nearby. To check out a book, locate the card in the front or back pocket, print full name and phone number, stamp the date on this card and on the yellow due date sheet in the book. Kindly leave the card on the librarian’s counter. Please return the book to the counter within the month time period, or phone (314.256.8809) or stop by to renew for an extended period of time.
The libraries of St. Louis University constitute an extraordinary resource for Aquinas Institute students. Pius XII Memorial Library houses a four-story theology wing, a wide range of theological journals, and electronic database resources as well as books that can be checked out for a semester. New students usually receive an orientation to Pius Library and are introduced to SLU’s theological librarian. The SLU Law Library and Medical Library are also available for specialized research.
For research involving Aquinas Institute dissertations, ProQuest is the electronic and microfilm publisher recommended.
The Library Coordinator also works as the Writing Coach for masters-level students who need assistance with formal academic writing. Priority is given to students whose first language is not English, and writing conferences are usually scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. To set up an appointment for a writing conference, contact Kathleen Tehan. The one-to-one writing conference is held in the library for up to an hour. Please note--electronic editing or proofreading of a student’s written work is not provided by the Writing Coach.