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Knott Library Theology Collections at St. Mary's Seminary & University
The Theology Collection at the Knott Library, St. Mary's Seminary & University is an excellent collection concentrating on the following subject areas: Roman Catholic Church, Moral Theology, Systematic Theology, Christianity, Psychology/Psychiatry, Bible-Texts and Version, Church History, Works about the Bible, Old and New Testament, Canon Law, Doctrinal Theology, Holy Spirit, Practical Theology, Ecclesiastical Theology, Religious Education, Missions and Evangelism, Pastoral Theology, Pastoral Counseling, Homiletics, Moral and Religious Education, Christian Life, Denominations, Ecumenism, Eastern Churches, Protestantism, Middle East History, American History, Church and Social Issues, Classical Greek and Latin, and Oriental Philology and Literature. In lesser concentrations, works in interdisciplinary areas of parish administration including management and liturgical areas such as sacred music and art are covered within the collection.

The theology collection includes over 108,000 monographic volumes and over 22,000 serial volumes. Over 375 serial titles are represented. The collection is multi-lingual with emphasis on works in English language and Western European languages. Materials are arranged in Library of Congress Classification with most materials found in the B (Theology, Psychology, Philosophy) class and secondarily in the D (Church History) and P (Literature, Greek and Latin) classes. Chronological periods of works in our collection range from older to modern titles.

The collection is diversified by electronic holdings in full-text through the ATLA Religion Database Full-Text and electronic indexes/abstracts such as Philosopher's Index, PsycINFO, and Religious and Theological Abstracts. The collections are available for use by the St. Mary's Seminary and University community, direct borrower institutions, and other delineated patrons. The public is welcome to view and use the collection as guests to the library.


The Raymond E. Brown Johannine Collection
The Raymond E. Brown Johannine Collection numbers approximately 1,700 mongraphic volumes consisting of the private library of Raymond E. Brown, donated to St. Mary's Seminary & University. Fr. Brown was the foremost 20th Century Catholic scholar specializing in Johannine literature. These volumes are devoted to materials on the Gospel of John and the Johannine epistles. Materials are linguistically diverse and in some instances contain notes by Fr. Brown. This rare collection is closed to the general user, but is available for use by special arrangement to authorized faculty and visiting scholars in Johannine studies. Arrangements to view this collection must be made in advance with the approval of the Library Director.


The New Catholic-Jewish Relations Collection
This newly developing collection will contain a variety of primary and secondary works on Pope John Paul ll, Catholic-Jewish relations, and the holocaust. Electronic works will provide bibliographic access to this collection. This scholarly collection will be available to researchers and students in a pleasant group study and technology-friendly atmosphere. If you are interested in giving a gift toward this new collection, please contact the Advancement Office of the Seminary.