The library at Aquinas Institute of Theology is a spacious, quiet, welcoming area with comfortable seating, study carrels, two computer monitors 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.
The library uses Alexandria for its data base of book and media resources, and this catalogue system is only available on the specially-designated library computer station in the front of the library. To look up a book or media resource, see the directions at the computer by the librarian’s desk.
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. Books can be checked out for one month and other media for one week with the option of renewal. The phone number for the library is 314.256.8809.
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.