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Reformation Day is Tuesday, October 31, 2017

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the year Martin Luther made his 95 Theses known to the world, thus changing the history of the church, country, and world forever.  In the United States, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be hosting an event to commemorate the Reformation in Washington, D.C.

The University of St. Thomas Libraries offers our users two databases that feature primary sources from the Reformation and Post-Reformation periods to help you study this period of history.

The Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts is a collection of Christian texts from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras of interest to historians, theologians, political scientists, and sociologists studying the religious and social upheavals of the Reformation and post-Reformation eras. The database offers a constantly growing treasury of theological writings, biblical commentaries, confessional documents, and polemical treatises written by more than 300 Protestant authors.

The Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation is comprised of hundreds of titles written during the 16th and 17th centuries, and provides online access to hundreds of hard-to-find works, including papal documents, synodal decrees, catechisms, confessors’ manuals, biblical commentaries, theological treatises, sacred drama, liturgical works, inquisitorial manuals, preaching guides, accounts of saints’ lives, and devotional works.


Archbishop Ireland Library, Database Highlights & Trials

October Database TRIAL: Early European Books

October is Theological Libraries Month.  During October, the UST Libraries are hosting a database trial for Early European Books

Early European Books traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the seventeenth century, offering full-color, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources.














To learn more about this resource click here.

This trial runs through October 31, 2017.  Send your reviews or comments to  Curt LeMay at the University of St. Thomas Libraries.

Archbishop Ireland Library, Database Highlights & Trials

October database TRIAL: Religious Magazine Archive

October is Theological Libraries Month.  During October, the UST Libraries are hosting a database trial for the Religious Magazine Archive.


Religious magazines originally aimed at a popular readership are key primary sources through which to interpret myriad aspects of 20th-century religious history, relating to, for example, the evolution and development of particular religious movements, the changing relationship between religion and society/the state, and the influence of belief systems on public life.

By offering the full back files of major religious magazines spanning the 19th-21st centuries, Religious Magazine Archive makes newly accessible these key sources, for which archival issues have not widely been retained by libraries.

The availability of this material opens up countless new opportunities for research, across multiple disciplines; whilst this content is of particular relevance for studies in the history of religion, it will be of relevance also to areas such as social history, politics, theology, sociology, and international relations.

Click here to read more about this database

This trial runs through October 31, 2017.  Send your reviews or comments to  Curt LeMay at the University of St. Thomas Libraries.

Archbishop Ireland Library, Libraries, News & Events

Join us for a reception and blessing of Archbishop Ireland Library’s renovated Reference Room on March 19th…

The staff of the Archbishop Ireland Library is hosting a reception on Thursday, March 19th, to celebrate the library’s recently renovated Reference Room, which has a new look — new carpets, fresh paint, some new chairs and lighting….

Now, help us celebrate!

The campus community is invited to join us for an open house with free food and beverages to dedicate the space and thank the many people affiliated with the University of St. Thomas who helped make this happen.

The reception will be held at Ireland Library on Thursday, March 19th, from 2:30 to 3:30 PM.


Monsignor Aloysius R. Callaghan will bless the room at 2:45 PM during the reception.



The Rev. Msgr. Aloysius R. Callaghan

Rector and Vice President of The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity

Archbishop Ireland Library, Libraries, News & Events

Ireland Library reference room renovations in J-term

Ireland Library

Beginning on December 22, 2014, Ireland Library will temporarily restrict access to its main reading/study room, public computers, and the library’s reference collection in association with a renovation project scheduled to be completed by January 30.  While it is closed temporarily, the reference collection will be unavailable for consultation in the reading room, classrooms, or for reproduction requests.

The much-needed building renovations include asbestos abatement, installing new carpeting, refurbishing ceiling lights, repairing the plaster and painting walls.

What can we do at Ireland Library during this temporary renovation project?

Many services, resources, and our knowledgeable staff members will still be accessible.  Patrons may study in study carrels in the building’s stacks.  Bible dictionaries and commentaries will be removed from the Reference Room and kept in a separate location where they may be used by students enrolled in J-Term classes.  Circulating books and periodicals will remain accessible and may still be borrowed.  Reference service and the Reserve Collection will be available.

Alternate public computing options

As Ireland Library’s public computing center will be temporarily unavailable, students, faculty and staff can access digital content such as e-books, full text articles or electronic journals (via CLICnet and library databases) on personal laptops, tablets, or smart phones at Ireland Library.  Campus and community patrons who need to use public computers may take advantage of those at OSF Library on North Campus, Keffer Library (Mpls), or the Schoenecker Law Library (Mpls).  [Check our Library Hours Page for all UST library addresses and hours.] Group study rooms are also available at the UST libraries listed above.

Ireland Library Hours during J-Term

M-F: 8 AM to 5 PM

Sat & Sun closed.

Hours will return to normal for spring semester.

Database Highlights & Trials

HART Database Highlight: Oxford Islamic Studies Online

Database Highlight, on behalf of the UST Libraries’ “Humanities and Arts Round Table” (HART) – by Curt Le May, Library Liaison for Theology and Religious Studies.

UST Libraries recently lost a valued colleague, Dr. Terence Nichols, who was a theology professor at St. Thomas for 27 years, and passed away on April 12. Given that Dr. Nichols was the founder and Co-Director of the University’s Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, I believe it is only appropriate that we highlight a database in the area of Islamic Studies in his honor…

Oxford Islamic Studies Online is an unparalleled resource for the study of the Islamic world including two translations of the Qur’an seamlessly combined with reference material, primary texts, hundreds of maps and images, interactive timelines, and more. For example, this source contains:

  • More than 6,000 articles encompassing all aspects of the Islamic world, giving students ready access to the most authoritative scholarship in the field.
  • The first and only electronic version of Hanna E. Kassiss’ Concordance of the Qur’an links to the sites of two translations of the Qur’an, offering the ability to access this essential text in a way no other Islamic Studies resource can.
  • 250+ primary source documents selected and translated by leading scholars include excerpts from seminal books, transcripts of speeches, fatwas, statements posted on Arabic internet sites and other sources.
  • Carefully selected links to trustworthy external websites saves students and researchers time investigating the validity of online sources.
  • Reference content and analysis by renowned scholars in global Islamic history, concepts, people, practices, politics, and culture.


News & Events

Alumni Access to Library Electronic Resources in Theology

The Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library has just subscribed to The American Theological Library Associations’ Catholic Periodical and Literature Index for Alum.  This is a nationally known religious studies database with a strong Catholic Identity.  We are now offering UST alumnae access to this database.

ATLA Catholic Periodical Literature Index® (ATLA CPLI®) for Alum covers all aspects of the Catholic faith and lifestyle, and includes over 380,000 index citations of articles and reviews published in Roman Catholic periodicals, Papal documents, church promulgations, and books about the Catholic faith that are authored by Catholics and/or produced by Catholic publishers. Originally developed by the Catholic Library Association, The Catholic Periodical and Literature Index covers content from over 200 periodicals back to 1981.

The library also offers an alumnae subscription to ATLASerials (ATLAS) for Alum, which the library has offered for the past eight years.  ATLASerials (ATLAS) for Alum, is an online collection of major religion and theology journals selected by leading theologians and religious scholars. ATLAS users can read articles or research the history of a topic from as early as 1924 to the present.

Key Features of these databases include 24/7 online access to a comprehensive collection of major religion and theology journals. Researchers may search citations, or full text versions of periodical articles.

For login information, simply send Ireland Library Director, Curt Le May, a quick email at:

See more library sponsored alumni resources on The University of St. Thomas Libraries’ Websites.