Founded by the Marianists of the University of Dayton as an expression of the Marian character of their religious family, the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute has the worldwide mission to make the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, better known, loved and served. The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute serves the UD campus community, the Marianist Family at large, and the Church here and abroad. Faithful to the teaching of the Catholic Church and international in its scope and organization, it has a primary commitment to foster sound Marian doctrine as the basis for sound Marian devotion. This global scholarly and pastoral mission is fulfilled through the operation of its academic program, library, gallery, museum, as well as through research, publication, speaking engagements, and various other forms of outreach, both actual and virtual.
The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute continues to develop itself as one of the world's premier Marian teaching, information, and research center. It strives to be a unique strategic asset for the maintenance and strengthening of the Catholic and Marianist character of the University of Dayton, as the university carries out its mission to connect scholarship and learning with leadership and service to the world. The Marian Library /International Marian Research Institute extends itself locally, nationally, and internationally in scholarly and pastoral service to the Marianist Family and the Church.
To fulfill its scholarly and pastoral mission here and abroad, The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute pursues the following goals:
Supports learning and scholarship for a new time by assembling, organizing and making available materials (mainly books and periodicals, but also audio-visual materials, art, and artifacts) for information, teaching and research in Marian studies. In applying the principle of tota mariana, the assembling of materials tends to be comprehensive, taking into consideration the many cultural expressions of Marian doctrine and devotion of the past (especially through its rare book collection) as well as of the present. In this electronic age, the library engages in both traditional and new methods to meet the needs and expectations of its users.
Promotes studies in Marian theology and on the role of Mary in Christian life. Offering advanced academic degrees in theology (pontifical licentiate and doctorate) with specialization in Mariology, it closely relates the study of Mary to Christology, ecclesiology, theological anthropology, spirituality, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, the arts, and social sciences.
Engages in and encourages original research in Marian studies. It also examines contemporary trends and seeks interdisciplinary cooperation; it facilitates the research and work of scholars.
Provides direct and online reference service. Staff members respond to queries and requests for assistance submitted in a variety of ways. The Mary Page website offers global opportunities for The Marian Library/ International Marian research Institute to present itself and to provide a wide array of Marian resources electronically (www.udayton.edu/mary).
Serves as a clearinghouse for information on Marian topics. Critically assessing and evaluating current contributions to Marian studies and culture, it keeps track of new developments, situates them in the context of the Church's Marian tradition, and promotes promising ideas and initiatives.
Publishes the results of its research and teaching, as well as that of other scholars. It makes them available in its own publications and website or through learned journals and in book form. Its newsletter provides reports on current activities and notices about recent Marian publications and important Marian events.
Promotes Marian art and research in related fields. The Marian Library/ International Marian Research Institute encourages the creation of Marian and religious art locally, nationally, and internationally. By collecting art and artifactual materials that reflect the religious beliefs and Marian devotion of people of many different ethnicities and cultures and from various times in the Church, it seeks to provide resources for a broad and interdisciplinary spectrum of Marian studies and scholarship. In recognition of the power art has to communicate beyond words, an art gallery and a crèche museum were inaugurated and are actively maintained. Traveling art exhibits are prepared and offered for loan.
Encourages scholarly and pastoral endeavors. Seeking to foster religious and spiritual life and activity, the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute sponsors lectures or symposiums, holds competitions, and hosts tours of its premises. It arranges gallery exhibits (contemporary religious and Marian art) and museum displays (Nativity Set Collection). Through such events and also by electronic means, it reaches out locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and communities.
Cooperates with institutions of similar interest and scope, especially the Marianum (Rome) and the Mariological Society of America, and shares information with Marian scholars and scholarly societies worldwide, promoting an international network of friends and collaborators of the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute.
Gives recognition to scholarly achievement in the fields of Marian studies. It accomplishes this through publications both actual and virtual, and, in a special way, through the bestowal of the Marian Library Medal.