The Catholic University of America

Religious Studies and Philosophy Reference Rooms

The Religious Studies and Philosophy collections comprise some 250,000 to 300,000 volumes. The reading rooms contain non-circulating reference material and are located in Rooms 314 and 316 of John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library. The subjects covered in the reading rooms are: Biblical Studies, Church History, Early Christian Studies, Medieval and Byzantine studies, Religion and Religious Education, and Theology. Two smaller reading rooms cover Greek and Latin and Canon Law. The collections are oriented to Roman Catholic and Eastern Catholic religious materials as well as Greek, Medieval, and Phenomenological philosophies. There are also collections of material on the Orthodox Church, Judaism, Anglicanism, Protestantism, and other religions where needed to support the collection.

At the present time the library provides remote access to a wide range of databases for CUA faculty and students. Your CUA Cardinal card number is required for login. Non-CUA guests must access the databases within the library.

The library also has a list of CD-ROMs pertinent to canonical, philosophical, religious, and theological research.

The library currently subscribes to 961 print journals with hundreds more available through CU's e-Journals. It also has extensive runs of important but now defunct periodicals: the American Ecclesiastical Review , the Irish Ecclesiastical Record, etc.

Please note that Rare Books and Special Collections and the Semitics/ICOR Library also have a great deal of theological and other religious material.

Reserves may be identified and located in the WRLC library catalog by course, by instructor, by author, and by title. Reserves are shelved at Central Reserves behind the Mullen Circulation desk. See Course Reserves for full details.

CUA faculty and students may use Consortium Loan Service and Interlibrary Loan for material not owned by the library. Follow the instructions on each page for prompt service. CUA faculty and students have the option of visiting libraries in the Washington Theological Consortium to borrow material. Before doing so, please acquire a WTC Borrowing form from the circulation desk in Mullen Library.

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