- Have a question that's not listed?
- Send your questions, comments or suggestions via the online form. For questions regarding research in a particular area, see our list of subject librarians.
Use of the Libraries
- The main library for CUA is Mullen Library, located on the Catholic University of America campus between the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Brookland-CUA Metro stop.
There are also 4 libraries on campus in the University Libraries system, with special collections in Architecture & Planning, Music, Nursing/Biology, and Physics. See Campus Map for their locations.
The CUA School of Law maintains its own library.
The street address for the CUA campus is 620 Michigan Avenue, Northeast, Washington, DC 20064.
- The CUA Libraries are open to the public for research. All patrons must show a photo ID to the guard at the front door, and those not affiliated with CUA or one of the WRLC schools must sign in.
Members of the CUA community can see more about their borrowing privileges.
- In general, your Cardinal Card should be automatically added into the system; however, in some special cases, if your Cardinal Card is not added, you can register your card online.
- CUA alumni are entitled to special borrower status once they have obtained an Alumni Association Card from the CUA Office of Alumni Affairs.
- Alumni may borrow circulating material from the CUA Libraries for a three-week loan period. Alumni do not have borrowing privileges at the other WRLC schools. Please check Alumni Relations website for access to the library online databases.
- See the Library hours, or call (202)319-5077. The libraries are open regular hours for any holiday not listed on those pages.
- Study spaces are located throughout the first, second and third floors of Mullen. Group study areas are found in two locations on the second floor. Room 216 is at the north end of the Main Reading Room. To locate Room 219A turn right after entering the second floor hallway, go to the end of the hall and turn right again. It is located at the end of the hall on the left.
- For information on research assistance and computer software available for patrons with specials needs or disabilities please see Services for Patrons with Disabilities.
How do I find the libraries' hours?
How do I know if the libraries will be open on an upcoming holiday?
Circulation and Library Account
- For information about your library record, including the books you have checked out, a listing of fines on your account, and the ability to renew your books online, go to My Library Account at the top bar on any webpages in the CUA Libraries Website.
- For questions about your library record, contact Access Services at (202) 319-5060.
- 1) Log into My Library Account
2) Click "Settings" at the upper right corner
3) Enter new email address and click "Update Email"
How do I tell which books I have checked out?
How do I tell if there are fines on my account?
How do I renew my books online?
Several self-service copy machines are available in Mullen Library and most of our campus libraries. All of them require a copy card or Cardinal Card to make copies. Please see the following for the common questions and answers.
- Current students, staff and faculty do not need to buy separate copy cards. Because the copy machines work off Cardinal Cash, you can simply add value to your Cardinal Card AKA your ID. You may add to your Cardinal Cash account using a credit card online or using cash at one of our two add-value stations. Our add-value stations are located on the second floor of Mullen Library and in our Music Library in Ward Hall. Our add-value stations only accept ones, fives, tens and twenties.
Visiting researchers may purchase copy cards at our add-value stations or at the Information Desk in Mullen Library. Blank cards cost $1.00, and you must be sure to re-insert your blank card into the add-value station to claim your remaining value (if you inserted more than $1.00) or add more value.
- Self-service copy machines are located in Mullen Library, the Nursing/Biology Library, the Architecture & Planning Library, and the Music Library. In Mullen Library, machines are available on the first, second, and third floors.
- You must bring appropriate change with you. The card dispensers only accept dollar bills (i.e. ones, fives, tens, and twenties). You may stop by the Information Desk at Mullen Library to buy a copy card as well.
- A copy card or Cardinal Card is required to use the copy machines.
- The self-service machines produce single- and double-sided, black-and-white copies, size 8.5" x 11".
- For questions about toner, paper, paper jams, and any mechanical difficulties with the copy machines on the first and second floors, visit the reference librarian at the Information Desk (x5070) in the lobby of Mullen Library. If the copier on the third floor is experiencing difficulties please notify the librarian in the Religious Studies Library. In the campus libraries, ask an available staff member.
- Bulk, color, and special copying, including binding, can be arranged by calling services such as:
Kinko's Capitol Hill
715 D Street, SE (on D between 7th and 8th)
Washington, DC 20003-2153
Copy General Corporation
2000 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Computer Hardware and Software
- Printers are located in Mullen and each of the Campus Libraries. There is no fee for printing.
Mullen Library has printers in several locations. On the first floor there is a printer at the Information Desk and in the MERIC Lab (Room 116). On the second floor there is a printer in the hallway outside of the Main Reading Room. On the third floor there are two printers in the Theology/Philosophy/Cannon Law Library (Rooms 314 and 316).
- Mullen Library and each of the Campus Libraries have computer workstations available for research.
Within Mullen computers that may be used for research are located on the first, second and third floors. There are a number of Macintosh stations in the lobby on the first floor. There is also a PC lab on the south end of the first floor in the MERIC Lab. The second floor has several PC computers in the hallway outside of the Main Reading Room.
CUA students, staff and faculty may check out wireless laptops to be used within Mullen Library from the Circulation Desk on the first floor. These computers have word processing software. For more information about the wireless network please see Mullen Wireless.
- The desktop computers located throughout the library are for research purposes only. Therefore they only have internet browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari) on them to permit access to the internet and the online catalog.
The wireless laptops may be used for word processing as well as research. Programs loaded on the laptops include: Microsoft Office Suite 2010 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Frontpage), internet browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer), WinDVD for watching DVDs, and Trillian for chat.
Mullen Library also makes available several reading and writing technologies, which enhance access to information for students with disabilities and also help students with visual impairments type and edit their own documents. For more information please see Assistive Technologies.
- CUA students, staff and faculty may check out wireless laptops to be used within Mullen Library from the Circulation Desk on the first floor. You may also bring a personal laptop to Mullen Library and use the network for research and internet access as well as for printing. For more information please see Laptop & Wireless Network in Mullen Library.
Research Help and Guides
- For questions about using the library or help with your research, call Reference & Instructional Services at (202) 319-5070.
- See our list of subject librarians. You can contact these librarians by phone or e-mail for assistance.
For a complete list of library staff, see the staff directory.
- You can sign up for an individual or group workshop, and learn more about our Library Research Consultations and Workshops.
- To find information about resources owned by CUA and the other WRLC member libraries, check the WRLC Catalog. To find books on a particular topic, try a Keyword search. If you are searching for a particular book or journal title, you can search by Title, Author, or Journal Title.
- To find more information about individual journal articles on your subject, try the Search Box for Articles or use a database under the Databases tab at CUA Libraries' homepage at http://libraries.cua.edu/. You may still need to search the WRLC Catalog to find out where you can get a copy of a particular print journal, if necessary.
- Please see our page on Finding Course Reserves for help using the Course Reserve search in the WRLC Libraries Catalog, and the Blackboard system for electronic reserve.
- First look at the catalog record for the location of the book. This will indicate whether the book is located at a campus library or in a collection at Mullen Library. If the location is Mullen Library Stacks use the call number to consult the stacks map and find the room that the book is in.
- First look at the catalog record for the location of the book. This will indicate whether the book is located at a campus library or in a collection at Mullen Library. If the location is Mullen Library Stacks use the call number to consult the stacks map and find the room that the book is in. Remember that if it's a periodical, like a journal, it will be on the first floor. If it's a book, it will be upstairs. Make sure you are looking in the right place. If you still can't find the book, ask for help at the Information Desk on the first floor. If you still can't find the book, follow the procedure to submit a search request.
- Dissertations circulate to CUA borrowers with valid, updated library privileges, including students from other WRLC schools. Locations and call numbers for dissertations and masters theses can be found in the WRLC Catalog.
Patrons may also access electronic copies of dissertations dated after 1996 through Dissertation Abstracts International, a subscription database searchable by title, author, school, area of study, and more. The "Free Download" button in a dissertation record indicates its electronic availability.
We do not lend CUA dissertations dated 1962 or later through Interlibrary Loan or copy them. These dissertations are available for purchase through University Microfilms International (UMI), at http://dissexpress.umi.com/dxweb/search.html.
Dissertations dated before 1962 may be copied or borrowed through Interlibrary Loan by persons not affiliated with CUA or the WRLC. Contact your local public, academic, or business library for details.
From 2009, some CUA's dissertations are free available via our ETD@CUA in the CUA Institutional Repository.
- In the WRLC Catalog you can search for the title of any video as if it were a book.
You may also browse a list of all the videos held by The CUA Libraries. In the WRLC catalog, type video? in the search box, choose "keyword", limit the location to Catholic, and click "Search". The catalog should retrieve all videos (DVD or VHS) located in any CUA campus library, and will indicate either CU: Central Reserve: Two Hour or CU: Central Reserve Audiovisual (both at the Mullen Circulation Desk), or will specify another campus library location. You may want to combine the word video? with other search terms (director, actor, topic, etc.) to create a shorter list (for example "john wayne" video? to find films starring or about the actor).
- Anyone may use the WRLC Catalog. Patron validation is not required to use the catalog.
To use the article databases, go to CUA Libraries' homepage, under the Database tab find the database you want to access, click the database title, then enter your university ID number (the 7-digit number from the front of your Cardinal Card), your last name and select "Catholic" as the institution, then press Login.
To access the full text of e-books (only those call number is "CU: Electronic Book" or "Shared Electronic Book" in WRLC Catalog can be accessed by CUA users) or e-journal articles in SearchBox, follow the link to full text, then on the next login page enter your university ID number (the 7-digit number from the front of your Cardinal Card), your last name and select "Catholic" as the institution to access the full text.
If you have difficulties to valid your ID, please contact the Access Services office.
If you do not have current, valid borrowing privileges, you may visit the CUA Libraries and use our resources on-site.