Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church


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Library hours are subject to change and may vary with the school calendar and the monastery schedule throughout the year. Saint Meinrad is on Central Time, and observes Daylight Saving Time.

Regular Hours
(September 1 - December 10, 2015; January 27- May 12, 2016)

Monday 8 a.m.-noon, 1-4:50 p.m., 6-10 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m.-noon, 1-4:50 p.m., 6:45-10 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 8 a.m.-noon, 1-4:50 p.m., 6-10 p.m.
Saturday 9-11 a.m., 1-3:50 p.m., 6-10 p.m.
Sunday 1-4:50 p.m., 7:30-10 p.m.
Please check below for days with special hours.

Summer Hours
(May 13 - August 30, 2016)

Monday - Friday 8 a.m.-noon, 1-4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9 am - noon, 1-4:30 p.m.
Sunday 1-4:30 p.m.

Late December and January Hours (Please check below for special hours.)
(December 11, 2015 - January 26, 2016)

Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m.                        
Friday 8 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m.
Saturday 1-5 p.m.
Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Extended Hours for Weekend Courses

On all weekends when courses are in session, in addition to regular hours the library is open from 6-10 p.m. both Friday and Saturday evenings.

Special Hours for 2015-16

July 4 closed
November 19 8 a.m. - noon, 1-5 p.m., 7-10 p.m.
November 20 8 a.m. - noon, 1-5 p.m.
November 21 1-5 p.m.
November 22 1-5 p.m. 
November 23-25 8 a.m. - noon, 1-5 p.m.
November 26-28 closed
December 3 8 a.m. - noon, 1-5 p.m.
December 12-13 1-5 p.m.
December 16 8 a.m. - noon, 3 - 5 p.m.
December 19-20 1-5 p.m.
December 22-23 8:30 - 11:30 a.m, 1-4:30 p.m.
December 24-27 closed
December 28-31 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., 1-4:30 p.m.
January 1-3 closed
March 19 1-5, 6-10 p.m.
March 20 1-5 p.m.
March 21-24 8 a.m. - noon, 1-5 p.m.
March 25-27 closed
March 28 8 a.m. - noon, 1-5 p.m.
April 2 closed
May 14 closed
May 21 1-5 and 6-10 p.m.
May 28-30 closed
July 2-4 closed

The Archabbey Library, founded in the late 19th century, has a long tradition of supporting the education of generations of young men in southern Indiana.

Today, its principal purpose is to provide for the education of students attending Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology and to support the scholarly pursuits and spiritual formation of the monastery. The library strives to provide scholars, alumni, pastors and other ministers with ongoing access to research materials.

The Archabbey Library maintains a collection of more than 170,000 volumes and subscribes to over 300 print periodicals. The Library also provides access to a wide variety of electronic holdings of full-text periodical literature, while continuing to maintain archived volumes in print and microfilm. The collection is primarily a theological one, with particular emphasis on Roman Catholic scholarship, but includes some holdings in other subjects.

Patrons are offered a spacious and inviting environment for study and research. Books and periodicals are in open stacks for ready access. Computer workstations with printing capability are available on every level. Dataports and wireless access provide Internet connections for laptop use.

The Archabbey Library maintains membership in several academic and professional consortia, which enlarges the scope and depth of its resources. These groups include the Theological Education Association of Mid-America (TEAM-A), the Catholic Library Association and the American Theological Library Association.

The Archabbey Library is also a member of the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana, or PALNI, a consortium of 24 educational institutions in Indiana. PALNI provides technical support for the online catalog that Saint Meinrad shares with the consortium. Through the Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA), patrons can obtain books and journal literature from other Indiana colleges and universities as well as from virtually every library in the state.

The MacCauley Rare Books Room houses more than 2,000 books and a number of manuscripts published primarily before 1700. This collection, like the main collection, is theological in focus.