Recognized as the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of printed materials on Mary, The Marian Library aims to further study and research and to promote well-founded devotion to Mary. The library comprises a Marian collection--theological treatises, books on shrines, sermon collections, anthologies of Marian poetry and other works--and a complementary reference collection in scripture, patristics, systematic and spiritual theology, history, religious art and general bibliography.
Established in 1943 by the Marianists at the University of Dayton, the Marian Library now holds:
- over one hundred thousand books and pamphlets in some fifty languages, ranging from the invention of printing in the
fifteenth century to the present
- more than sixty-three thousand clippings from newspapers and magazines
- nearly one hundred thousand cards depicting Mary in the art of all ages and numerous Marian shrines. (i.e.,
if we count the postcards, Christmas cards, holy cards, and prints of various sizes).
The Marian Library's collection of non-print media includes:
- attractive collections of statues from around
the world, Marian postage stamps, recordings of Marian music, Marian medals,
- more than ten thousand slides on Marian
art, especially from the twentieth century, and numerous video and audio
cassettes (available for loan) on Marian themes and related topics.
The Marian Library is:
- a clearinghouse for information on Marian devotion
- a resource for theological research and support
of graduate programs in theology
- accessible online for most resources
- the headquarters of the Mariological Society of America.
- the site of an art gallery devoted to contemporary religious art, especially Marian art, and a museum focused on
the display of Nativity scenes from the vast and varied Crèches Collection of The Marian Library.
To search online for Marian Library resources, click on the Roesch Library of the University of Dayton.