Library Use Privileges

Guests are welcome to visit the Archabbey Library and use its collections on site. Guests, however, are not able to borrow material for out-of-library use. Reference, circulating books and print periodical collections are accessible in open stacks.

Computer Access

Databases and online full-text periodicals can be accessed through publicly available computer terminals. Wireless access is also available for anyone wishing to use a laptop computer.

Special Collections

Any guests wishing to use materials from the Archabbey Library's Rare Book Collection should contact the library well in advance of visiting. Access to the Rare Book Collection is limited to researchers whose projects can benefit from use of the collection.


The Archabbey Library hosts art exhibits in the Library Gallery throughout the year. The library also features exhibits of materials from its Rare Book Collection. Exhibits are free and open to the public. For information about current exhibits, see the Events Page on the Saint Meinrad Archabbey website.


Because of changes in the seminary and monastery schedule, the Archabbey Library's hours fluctuate throughout the year. Please consult the Hours Page of the library website before planning a trip. Saint Meinrad operates on Central Time.


The Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library is accessible to patrons who have a disability. Entrances to both the top and bottom floors have been designed for accessibility. The handicapped entrance to the bottom floor is through the double glass doors near the loading dock on the south side of the building. The entrance is equipped with an intercom through which you can communicate with the Circulation Desk and request entry.

When entering from the monastery or the seminary, use the ramp to the left of the main stairs leading down to the top floor entrance. Patrons who would like to request special help in accessing the library or using its collections should call ahead to (812) 357-6401 or (800) 987-7311 or email.