The University of Rochester Rush Rhees Library
The Rush Rhees Library is the primary lending library for faculty and students at St. Bernard’s. Most of the theological collection belonging to St. Bernard’s Seminary was merged with the University of Rochester theological collection, creating an academic resource which is one of the premier libraries in North America. Students at St. Bernard’s are given access to both the physical and electronic databases through the University of Rochester, providing a plethora of research resources, including the Atla Religion Database.
The Russell Library at St. Bernard’s Rochester campus houses a 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 in Populi and may be searched by author, title and key word. The computers in the library have internet access for research purposes. The course reserve books are also shelved in the reading room for on-site use. Please note that library services are only available to matriculated students. Book donation requests can be submitted to the Office of the Academic Dean.
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 in Rochester. The interlibrary loan service is run through the University of Rochester, and you must use your NetID to request loans. The courier service transporting books to and from St. Bernard’s runs once a week. Tuesday is the designated day for pick-up and drop-off.
Local Library Spaces
We realize that many St. Bernard’s students may not be able to take advantage of the physical study spaces at the Russell or Rush Rhees Libraries due to their geographic location. Fortunately, many colleges and universities throughout the country allow local community members to use their libraries as study spaces during regular business hours. We encourage students to contact a library close to them if they are interested in accessing a quiet study space.