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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: 1:00pm – 9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 1:00pm – 9:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed




Monday-Thursday: 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday/Saturday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm




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.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

The online version of the encyclopedia contains the core content of the print version, plus frequent updates and topical articles,  eBooks, “this day in history”, famous quotations, and many other useful features.  (Get the username and password you need to access these databases from the library via email at


A premier online database containing more than 173 million pages and 270,000 titles of historical and government documents in a fully searchable, image-based format. HeinOnline bridges an important research gap by providing comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 2,700 law-related periodicals. In addition to its vast collection of academic journals, HeinOnline contains the entire Congressional Record, Federal Register, and Code of Federal Regulations, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, and entire databases dedicated to treaties, constitutions, case law, world trials, classic treatises, international trade, foreign relations, U.S. Presidents, and much more.


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

A database providing access to the full text of Oxford books on Religion and Theology, with 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.

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