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




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.

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.

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.

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