Marian Library Collections

The Marian Library’s holdings include circulating books, periodicals, rare books and incunabula, artwork and archival materials. The collections document the history, spirituality and ecclesial foundations of Marian studies. As devotions to Mary are present in cultural traditions around the world, the collection is international in scope and includes materials in fifty languages. 

Marian Books

The library maintains a comprehensive collection of Marian books. Topics include, for example, Marian doctrines; theological writings, sermons, and meditations on Mary; Marian prayers and devotions; Marian apparitions and shrines; literary accounts of the life of Mary; artistic representations of Mary; and historical surveys of Marian theology. Search the Catalog for Marian Library books.

Brother William Fackovec, S.M. Rare Book Collection

The rare book collection includes over 6,200 cataloged volumes published between 1473 and 1800. The collection primarily documents cultural expressions of Marian doctrine and devotion. It includes significant holdings of books of hours (illuminated devotionals from the 15th century), incunabula (books printed before 1500), devotional meditations and apologetic works from the 17th and 18th century and works printed in Mexico during the 16th and 17th century. It also includes first, limited, or specially bound editions of works published after 1800. The Rare Book collection is named in honor of Brother William Fackovec, S.M., librarian in the Marian Library from 1960 to 2010. Many of the books in the collection were acquired by him during visits to rare book dealers in Europe.

Archives and Special Research Collections

Archives and special research collections document a broad range of Marian topics including apparitions, shrines, titles, artistic representations of Mary, Marian spirituality and Mary in Catholic material culture. Collections contain a variety of formats including visual resources, audiovisual materials, and artifacts. Archival collections include personal papers, manuscripts, and records that document the history, activities, research interests, and devotional practices of individuals, groups, and organizations with a significant Marian dimension. For more information see the full list of Archives and Special Collections.

Digital Collections

The Marian Library's digital Special Collections provide access to rich resources of digitized archival photographs, holy cards, stamps, ephemera, and other unique Marian materials. To find out more, explore the the Marian Library Special Collections.

Crèche Collection

The Marian Library has over 3,5oo Nativity sets from across the globe in its collection. Browse a large selection by visiting the International Crèche Collection.