Hours of service: See main Library homepage - left-hand side.
Open to the public: Yes
Interlibrary loan: Yes - "library of last resort only"
Reference policy: Reference requests are accepted by: telephone, email, in person.
Background note: St. Mary's Seminary and University, the oldest Catholic seminary in the United States, was founded in Baltimore by the priests of the Society of St. Sulpice from Paris, France in 1791. The original buildings of the seminary were located on Paca Street in the city. The institution moved to its present location at Roland Avenue in 1929. The Marion Burk Knott Library can trace its roots to books brought to the new world by those Sulpician priests.
Up until the 1970's the library was operated by priests and seminarians. The first librarian with a master’s degree was hired in the 1970's and from that point on, the library evolved into what it is today -- the largest specialized theological library in the Baltimore area, a major academic, theological library, fully accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Association of Theological Schools.
In addition to the Seminary, the Knott Library also serves the Ecumenical Institute, which has been a part of St. Mary’s since 1968.
Books and monographs
The collection numbers over 150,000 print volumes and has access to over 100,000 e-books. The primary focus of the collection is Biblical Studies, Philosophy and Theology (Doctrinal, Ecclesiastical, Systematic and Practical). It naturally contains works by and about the Roman Catholic Church (such as theology, doctrine, church documents, mission and church history). Other areas well represented are ecumenical works from all faiths, black theology, patristics, bioethics, psychology and pastoral counseling.
Periodicals and newspapers
403 periodical/newspaper subscriptions (print, with a growing number of online journals) and 22,000 bound journal volumes. Together they represent a collection strong in religious, theological, and philosophical titles.
Archives, manuscripts, correspondences, and/or oral histories
See Archives Page
Videos and sound recordings
The collection numbers over 2,500 items. Some topics represented are spirituality, retreats, religion, sociology, ethics, movies of a religious or inspirational nature, The Great Courses and other topics.