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February Database Trial: World Christian Database

During the month of February, the University of St. Thomas Libraries will be conducting a trial of Brill’s World Christian Database. Click on the blue hyperlink to try the database: World Christian Database.

World Christian Database is an electronic reference source that contains statistical information on world religions, Christian denominations, and groups of people. It also includes extensive details on 238 countries and 13,000 ethno-linguistic peoples, as well as on 5,000 cities and 3,000 provinces. This trial runs through February 28, 2019.

Please try the database and send your comments to Curt LeMay at nclemay@stthomas.edu.


Archbishop Ireland Library, Charles J. Keffer Library, Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Theology

Ireland Library offers new database free to alumni.

The Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library offers the University of St. Thomas and The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity alumni free access to the ATLASerials for ALUM Database.

ATLASerials for ALUM is an ecumenical database that provides access to key articles, book reviews, and essays found in more than 450 theological journals representing the varied fields within the discipline of religious studies and includes a significant amount of scholarship related to Roman Catholicism. It comprises content from over 30 countries and in 16 languages.

ATLASerials for ALUM contains merged and new content previously contained in the Catholic Periodical and Literature Index for Alums and the ATLA Religion Database for Alums. Alumni who used the former databases must request the most recent web address in order to access the new combined database. New users also need to request access to this service.

Please contact Betsy Polakowski for more information: ejpolakowski@stthomas.edu.


Archbishop Ireland Library, Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Theological Libraries Month, Theology

October database TRIAL: ProQuest Religion Database

During the month of October, the University of St. Thomas Libraries will be conducting a trial of the ProQuest Religion Database.



ProQuest Religion Database covers formal theological studies and commentary on topics of general interest from the perspectives of many, worldwide religions. In addition, there are many titles from religious publishing bodies and nondenominational organizations.

Please this try out the database and give us your comments. Click on Religion Database to connect to the trial site.

This trial runs through October 31, 2018. Please send your comments to Curt LeMay at the Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library at nclemay@stthomas.edu.


Archbishop Ireland Library, Database Highlights & Trials, Faculty News, New Materials, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Theology

“America; the Jesuit Review of Faith and Culture” is now available via Flipster.

The University of St. Thomas Libraries are pleased to announce that we recently added America; the Jesuit Review of Faith and Culture to the list of the periodicals the University of St. Thomas students, faculty, and staff may read online via Flipster.

The University of St. Thomas’ students, faculty, and staff may read a number of popular periodicals we make available on this digital newsstand, which may be accessed anytime on computers or mobile devices. Periodicals in Flipster have true-to-life layouts with all the full-color images and advertisements one finds in the print version of the same periodical.

Suggested reading: “A Christian Funeral Classic” by Colleen Dulle, in the January 8, 2018, issue of America. The article tells of the work of the University of St. Thomas’ Artist in Residence, Fr. Michael Joncas, whose hymn, “On Eagle’s Wings” achieved global popularity 38 years ago.

Fr. Michael Joncas, Theology Department, October 2004, Classroom images

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 AlumThis 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 a quick email to Betsy Polakowski at:  ejpolakowski@stthomas.edu.

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