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Welcome to the Knott Library

The Marion Burk Knott Library at St. Mary's Seminary and University houses the largest theological collection in Baltimore. The Library contains over 130,000 monographic volumes and over 22,000 serial volumes. Over 390 periodical subscriptions are being received at present. Along with these print resources, the Library maintains subscriptions to over 35 electronic databases including full text databases such as ATLA Religion Database Full Text and abstract/index databases such as Philosopher's Index, PsycINFO and New Testament Abstracts. In addition to the general collection, the Library also maintains the Raymond E. Brown Johannine Collection (approximately 1,700 volumes), the Catholic-Jewish Relations Collection (currently being developed) and the Rare Book Collection (approximate 3,500 monographs).

The Library's facilities include a computer lab used for instruction, one seminar room, three state of the art classrooms and a preaching and pastoral communications studio. Seven public access computers are available for accessing the Library's catalog, electronic databases and the Internet. Five private study rooms are available for individual study and the Catholic-Jewish Relations Room is currently available for group-study.

All Seminarians and Ecumenical Institute students have library privileges. Library cards may be obtained at the circulation desk after a student's registration has been processed. Library privileges are coterminous with registration for classes. Certificate or degree candidates may apply for borrower's privileges (for a fee) when not registered for a term. St. Mary's has a reciprocal library privileges agreement with the Loyola/Notre Dame Library and the Baltimore Hebrew University Library. Other individuals interested in library privileges please contact us below.

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