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Francis X. McDermott


With a collection of 50,000 books and seventy-five periodicals, the McDermott Memorial Library is a research library that serves the seminarians, faculty, and staff of the Cathedral Seminary House of Formation, the senior priests of the Bishop Mugavero Residence, and the candidates and faculty of the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Diaconate Formation Program. The library is also a resource for pastoral leaders in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) provides web access to the card catalog. To promote scholarly research, the library subscribes to several databases and fifteen E-journals.

Information Literacy (knowing how to find information, evaluate it, and use it effectively) workshops are provided for students. The evolving technology is a welcome challenge to promote the academic goals of a Catholic college and pre-theology seminary.

Monday: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


p. 718-229-8001 ext. 2141

Corey Murray

Resources & Services

ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index

An index covering all aspects of the Catholic faith and lifestyle, including index citations of articles and reviews published in Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith written by Catholic authors and/or produced by Catholic publishers.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials

An extensive resource in all fields of religion, this database covers religion, theology, biblical studies, world religions, church history and more.

EBSCO Discovery Service

EDS provides users with an easy yet powerful means of accessing all of our information resources through a single search. By indexing all of our internal and external resources – information from as many as 70,000 publishers and other providers who make available hundreds of millions of records from hundreds of thousands of journals, magazines, books, and other content sources – EDS creates an exceptionally fast search experience.

EBSCO eBooks

Search and view the full text of eBooks.

New Testament Abstracts

Research and bibliographic aids for scholars and students of the New Testament and its historical milieu. The database contains abstracts of articles, books, and reviews dating back to 1985.

Old Testament Abstracts

A database featuring indexing and abstracts for journal articles, monographs, multi-author works, and software related to Old Testament studies.

Philosopher’s Index

A current and comprehensive bibliographic database covering scholarly research in all major fields of philosophy. The index contains research published since 1940.


Religion and Philosophy Collection

The collection provides coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. It offers more than 300 full-text journals, including more than 250 peer-reviewed titles.

Digitalia Hispanica

A collection of over 1170 Spanish language theology and religion eBooks. In addition to the current content, the collection is updated regularly with new content as it is acquired by the vendor. Browse current titles alphabetized by title or by author.


One of the best places for learning a new language, Duolingo is clear and easy to grasp, there are tons of languages to pick from, and you’re incentivized to learn through fake currency-credits. This free language learning site has several functions. There’s a Learn section for starting with the basics, Stories to challenge your reading and listening skills, Discuss for interacting with the user forum, Events to find language learners near you, Dictionary for on-demand translations and sample sentences, and Shop to buy things with the credits you earn throughout the site. At any time, you can switch to a different language to start that course without losing your place in your current one.


JSTOR is a digital library containing digitized back issues of academic journals. It provides full-text searches of nearly 2,000 journals.

New Catholic Encyclopedia

A comprehensive source for scholarly articles on Catholic teaching, prominent people, and related subjects, this database includes the most current edition with the John Paul II Jubilee volume as well as more recent supplements on “Science and the Church,” “Modern History and the Church,” “Literature and the Arts,” and the latest release in 2012-2013, a four-volume supplement “Ethics and Philosophy.”  (Get the username and password you need to access these databases from the library via email at

Oxford Biblical Studies

An electronic resource providing access to six essential Oxford editions of the Bible (Catholic Study Bible and Lectionary included), along with commentary and annotations from other study Bibles, combined with reference material and primary texts.


Oxford Bibliographies

Religion-based annotated subject lists designed to identify reliable sources of information for your research (Citations only/Not full text). The in-depth search capability is available for the “biblical studies” subject area. For all other subject areas, an Introduction, General Overview and a list of textbooks are provided.

Oxford Handbooks

Originally published in print as Oxford Handbooks, this resource contains in-depth articles by scholars that provide succinct snapshots on a topic, as well as offering original arguments. The “Religion” link provides full text. Other subject areas (Political Science, Philosophy, and Business & Management) provide abstracts only.

Oxford Scholarship Online

“Religion and Theology”: access to full text of Oxford books on Religion and Theology, providing search capabilities, keywords and abstracts at the book and chapter level, plus reference linking from bibliographies and footnotes.

Past Masters

The Past Masters series contains hundreds of scholarly texts by major western philosophers. Some databases are solely devoted to the works of particular philosophers while others contain important texts in major philosophical movements. A search engine provides the ability to search thousands of pages of text for any word or combination of words.

ProQuest Religion and Philosophy Collection

ProQuest offers the largest high-quality, aggregated ebook subscription in religion and philosophy with more than 16,000 carefully curated ebooks with anytime, anywhere access. Spanning topics such as philosophy, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, criticism and interpretation of The Bible, and religious history, beliefs, ethics, culture, politics, and more, the subscription provides a solid base of religious content that meets the research needs of students and scholars alike.

Acta Apostolicae Sedis (Vatican)

Published since 1909, the Acta Apostolicae Sedis provides the official texts (usually in Latin) of most of the documents of the Holy See issued each year (encyclicals, apostolic letters, decrees, etc.) plus the major papal allocutions. This website provides in PDF format every volume from 1909 to the most recent year to be posted (about two years before the current year).


An international website of Catholic news stories plus other news items reported from a Catholic perspective.

Ante Nicene Fathers (CCEL eBook edition)

An online edition of the widely-used nineteenth-century “Library of the Fathers,” English Protestant translations of a wide range of Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene Patristic texts originally published in England, subsequently reissued in a more compact late nineteenth-century American edition, and now typeset anew in this CCEL online version.

ARDA (Association of Religion Data Archives)

A broad archive of data on various religions, bringing together survey results and other statistics.

ATLA's Websites on Religion (Formerly run by the Wabash Center until 2018)

A selective, annotated guide to a wide variety of electronic resources for the study and practice of religion. The site includes syllabi, electronic texts, electronic journals, websites, bibliographies, liturgies, reference resources, and software.

Augustine of Hippo

A site dedicated to all things Augustine, maintained by Georgetown University. Included are the complete texts of his writings (in various translations), commentaries, research materials and essays on Augustine, artwork, and the internet Augustine Seminar.

Bible Gateway

This website provides an online concordance of a wide range of Bible translations, and allows the same Scripture passage to be viewed in various translations side-by-side. Its versatility, however, is limited by its omission of the “deuterocanonical” books of the Old Testament (Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Baruch, 1 and 2 Maccabees).

Biblia Clerus

Full-text multilingual Catholic Bible, commentaries, canon law, liturgical resources and magisterial sources.

Bibliographies for Theology (Created by William J Harmless, S.J.)

This webpage provides a series of extensive bibliographies covering a wide variety of topics in the fields of biblical, historical, sacramental and systematic theology.

Canon Law Information Website

Created by Dr. Edward Peters, an American lay canon lawyer, as a resource center on Catholic Canon Law.

CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate)

Social science research “at the service of the Catholic Church” from Georgetown University. Some free reports are published online.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 2nd Edition (USCCB)

This online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, originally promulgated in 1994, provides the latest 2016 edition of the text, which incorporates texts from the 2011 ICEL translation of the Roman Missal.

Catholic Research Resources Alliance

This website provides a “Catholic portal” bringing together resources from a wide consortium of Catholic institutions across America with a view to facilitating research. Particularly helpful is the site’s list of accessible online digital collections of archival material, books, periodicals, photos and other items provided by the member institutions. The website is developing a Catholic newspapers digital archive. While most of the newspapers in the archive have thus far uploaded only recent issues, the Pittsburgh Catholic provides searchable access to every issue from 1844 to 2001, constituting a one-of-a-kind resource for the study of the history of the Catholic Church in America.

Church Fathers (Topical anthologies)

This simple website provides a very useful anthology of Patristic quotations on a variety of key Catholic doctrinal topics, from the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist to papal primacy.

Code of Canon Law

The full text of the 1983 edition via IntraText.

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (2005 edition)

Promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, the Compendium presents, in an abridged, more concise form, the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church promulgated by Pope Saint John Paul II. This website is an online version of the text as posted by the Vatican on its website.

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 2004.

Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

Issued by Pope John Paul II, 1988.

Documents of Vatican II (Vatican website)

The index page for all the documents of the Second Vatican Council.

Ethics Update (Moral Theology)

This website seeks to provide a wide array of resources for the thoughtful and informed discussion of difficult moral issues.

Five Gospels Parallels

This website simply provides a means for viewing the corresponding passages from the four Gospels side-by-side.

Globe TheoLib

A database that provides free access to documents, articles, essays etc. in theology and ecumenism.

Historical Editions of the Greek New Testament Online

This Evangelical Protestant website, which provides various items for the study of the Greek text of the New Testament, serves as a portal to online digitized images of several important manuscripts of the New Testament in Greek (under the “Links” section of “Resources”) as well as a number of historically significant printed editions of the Greek New Testament, beginning with that of Erasmus from 1516 (under “Resources” click “Historic Editions of the Greek New Testament Online”).

Holy See

The Vatican’s official website, where the entire text of many Church documents, papal homilies and links to the Vatican offices can be found.

Homilies of Benedict XVI

The Vatican’s webpage for the official texts of the homilies of Pope Benedict XVI – each homily is available in several different languages (English, Spanish, etc.).

Homilies of St. John Paul II

The Vatican’s webpage for the official texts of the homilies of Pope John Paul II. Each homily is available in several different languages (English, Spanish, etc.).

Homilies of Pope Francis

The Vatican’s webpage for the official texts of the homilies of Pope Francis. Each homily is available in several different languages (some are not available in English). For each homily there is also a gallery of photos.

International Marian Research Institute

An encyclopedic tool for information on Mary, hosted by the University of Dayton.

Internet Sacred Texts Archives

This websites contains sacred texts from several different religions.

Jesuit Online Bibliography

A free, collaborative, multilingual, and fully searchable database of bibliographic records for scholarship in Jesuit Studies produced in the 21st century. This project provides citations, abstracts, subject categories, and direct links to books, book chapters, journal articles, book reviews, and other works related to the study of Jesuit history, spirituality, educational heritage, and pedagogy.

John Duns Scotus Online

Biographies, web resources, articles, and writings of Bl. John Duns Scotus fully linked and freely available.

John Henry Newman Reader

A comprehensive online collection of the writings of Blessed John Henry Newman together with online biographical resources concerning him. The only writings not included are the early Protestant sermons of Newman (1824-1843) and the correspondence from his years as a Catholic (1845-1890), the latter filling volumes 11 to 31 of Charles Stephen Dessain and Thomas Gornall’s monumental Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman. The website does mention plans to add these items in the future.

New Advent

A large site which aggregates Catholic news, Catholic links, a library of Church documents, writings of the Church Fathers, and a digital version of the 1915 Catholic Encyclopedia, as well as the text of the Summa Theologica.

New Testament Educational Resources

This webpage provides a wide range of Scripture studies links, including some with specifically Catholic resources.

Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers (CCEL ebook edition)

An online edition of the widely used nineteenth century “Library of the Fathers,” English Protestant translations of a wide range of Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene Patristic texts originally published in England, subsequently reissued in a more compact late nineteenth century American edition, and now typeset anew in this CCEL online version.

Papal Encyclicals

An independently-run, well-maintained website providing texts or links for virtually every papal pronouncement (encyclicals, apostolic exhortations, etc.) from the pontificate of Pope Benedict XIV (1740-1758) to that of Pope Francis, listed in both alphabetical and chronological order for each pontificate, as well as key papal pronouncements from the period before 1740 back to the thirteenth century, and also the complete texts of the canons or officially promulgated texts of every oecumenical  council from the First Council of Nicaea in 325 to the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965).  

Resource Pages for Biblical Study

This webpage provides links to a wide variety of online resources directly or indirectly related to the study of Scriptural texts.  Links for patristic texts and early medieval authors as well as for the study of antiquity (the Greco-Roman world, etc.) are included.

Roman Theological Forum

An association of scholars working with other interested persons for the advancement of theology and philosophy within the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. It addresses contemporary questions of theology and philosophy, beginning from a Thomist point of view, and it is promoting with special attention a neo-Patristic approach to the interpretation of Sacred Scripture.

Saint Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologiae

(Benziger Bros. edition, 1947): Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province.

Sacred Texts in Latin (Documenta Catholica Omnia)

This is one of the most ambitious portals of online freely downloadable Latin texts available, with virtually all the volumes of Migne’s Patrologia Latina, Mansi’s Sacrorum Conciliorum, Cherubini’s Magnum Bullarium Romanum, the Monumenta Germaniae Historia, the Acta Sanctorum of the Bollandists, and the Annales of Baronius, plus a large variety of other items, including some Eastern liturgy resources and Migne’s Patrologia Graeca. It includes a web page listing all the authors in Migne’s Patrologia Latina in alphabetical order, with links to each author’s text in the Migne series.  

Second Vatican Council Search Engine

This search engine for the Second Vatican Council (October 11th, 1962 – December 8th, 1965) allows you to search the full text of all documents (in English). The Community of St. Joseph in Austria maintains the search engine.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Free, scholarly, and peer-reviewed philosophy encyclopedia hosted by Stanford University.

Tertullian Project

A collection of material ancient and modern about the ancient Christian Latin writer Tertullian and his writings.

Thomas Aquinas in English

Includes the works of St. Thomas Aquinas — in English — the following works: Theological Syntheses • Commentaries on Scripture • Commentaries on Aristotle • Commentaries on Neoplatonic Texts • Disputations • Polemical Writings • Other Authentic Works • Works of Uncertain Authenticity • Spurious Works • Abbreviations Explained for Non-Latinists • Latin Texts & Aids.


Official site of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, with the full-text of many official documents, the text of the New American Bible, etc.

USCCB Homiletics' page

Practical resources for preaching from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

USCCB - Digital copy of the NABRE Bible

This webpage provides, book by book, the complete text of the 2011 New American Bible Revised Edition. The day’s Scripture readings for Mass are also provided.

Vatican Digital Library

DigiVatLib aims to digitize the entire library’s collection of manuscripts: 80,000 codices (excluding the archival units) mostly from the Middle Ages and the Humanistic period. The library is also digitizing its collection of nearly 9000 early printed books (incunabula – pre-1500). The project, started in 2010, focuses on two purposes: the long-term preservation of high resolution images and the online digital library.

Interlibrary Loan is available to all registered library patrons. If the library does not have a required item, then an interlibrary loan request should made via the form below. You will be notified by a library staff member when an ILL request has been made and when it arrives at the library.

Loan Policies

  • Before placing a loan or copy request, please verify that the item in question is not already located in the McDermott Library’s Collection. Please check the library catalog.
  • All interlibrary loan requests should be submitted via email:
  • When requesting books, be sure to include the author, the full title, the publisher, the place of publication, the publication date, and, if available, the book’s ISBN number.
  • When requesting articles, be sure to include the author, the article title, the name of the journal, the volume, the issue number (if available), the date, and the page numbers.
  • Depending on the location of the lending library, patrons should allow a minimum of one to two weeks to obtain an item.
  • If a patron wishes to renew an interlibrary loan, he or she must inform the librarian one week before the item is due so the librarian may secure permission from the lending library.
  • The patron must see that the item is returned to the McDermott Memorial Library (NOT the lending library) by the due date.
  • All book and multimedia loans should be picked up and dropped off at the front desk in the library. All physical ILLs should be handed back or left on the circulation desk for the staff. Copy requests will be emailed to the patron in the form of a PDF (From the email provided in the ILL for below).

Requesting Non-Circulating Materials

  • Reference, Periodicals, and Rare Book requests may only be made in the form of scans because these materials are not typically lent out by libraries. It is up to the discretion of the lending libraries to provide a scan of an item.

ILL Fees

  • ILL Fees: There are typically no fees assessed for loans by the library but there are exceptions to this rule.

Loan Periods

  • Initial Loan: 4-6 weeks (Depends upon the lending library’s loan policy.)
  • Renew Period: 2-4 weeks (Depends upon the lending library’s renewal policy and the resource needs of their patron.)
  • Maximum Renewals: 1x (Depends upon the lending library’s loan policy.)

Delivery methods for ILLs

  • USPS (For loan requests) and Email (For scan requests)

Have questions or problems with this service? Please contact the library staff.
Phone: 718-229-2141