Library Resources

The University of Rochester Rush Rhees Library

The Rush Rhees Library is the primary library for faculty and students at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry. Most of the theological collection belonging to Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry have been merged with the U. of R. theological collection creating an academic resource which is one of the premier libraries in North America.  (

St. Bernard's students can access the Voyager online catalog at: The various electronic databases at U. of R. may be accessed from remote locations.

Russell Library
The Russell Library at St. Bernard’s houses a modest collection of books which may be used as reference works on-site. Books cannot be checked out. An online catalog for this collection is available. This catalog may be searched by author, title and key word using the computers in the library. The computers have Internet access for research purposes. The course reserve books are also shelved in the reading room for on-site use.

Colgate Rochester Divinity School (CRCDS)

CRCDS has a core collection of about 40,000 books at Ambrose Swasey Library located at 1100 South Goodman St. 



Other Libraries



The Rochester Regional Council Library Card (available through the Academic Dean) gives faculty and students borrowing privileges to the various academic libraries in the region. These include libraries at:

Nazareth College

St. John Fisher College

Roberts Wesleyan College

Libraries may have differing policies and procedures. It is advisable to check with the individual librarians.


The library at Siena College is the primary library resource for Albany students. The library at The College of St. Rose is an additional resource.

Library Courier Service

Through the Inter-library loan arrangement, students and faculty are able to pick up and return ILL materials at St. Bernard’s French Road location.  Borrowers will be notified when the materials requested have arrived at SBSTM. These materials can be returned to St. Bernard’s as well. The courier service transporting books to and from U. of R. runs once a week. Tuesday is the designated day for pick-up and drop-off.