Library & Learning Resources

libraryThe principal learning resource center for the Christendom Graduate School is the St. John the Evangelist Library located on the Christendom College campus in Front Royal, Virginia. The St. John the Evangelist Library has a collection in excess of 100,000 volumes, ten thousand of which are in the fields of religion and theology, and over four thousand in the field of philosophy. The Christendom Graduate School’s Alexandria campus includes the St. Paul Library, which contains more than nineteen thousand volumes, periodicals, and a variety of electronic resources suitable for research in theology and philosophy.

Graduate students have ready access to the whole Christendom collection: the same library card may be used at either campus, the catalog of the Christendom Libraries is available online, and students may request that materials from either library be delivered to them at the other library within a few days. Distance students may also request that library materials be sent to them; they will be required to pay shipping, and some requests may be refused if the material is rare or easily available elsewhere. Students also have access to thousands of libraries around the country via the Interlibrary Loan service. This service is accessible during St. Paul Library office hours and also via the library web page.

The Christendom Libraries subscribe to several online resource services, which are available to students and faculty not only on-campus, but also off-site. Many of these resources are available through the Libraries’ new computer catalog. These resources include current and past scholarly periodicals, reference works, bibliographies, library catalogs and more. These resources, along with tutorial videos showing to use them, are available on the library web page.

For online courses, professors provide all course readings, either in the course materials of the online classroom, in the required texts which students purchase from our online bookstore, or in the form of internet resources. This ensures that even those students who do not live near an academic library have the resources they need for their courses.

The Christendom Libraries provide training to students and faculty in research techniques and use of learning resources. A component on theological research is part of the prerequisite Introduction to Theology course. Tutorial videos on the online resources are available on the library website, and other videos on research, papers, and bibliographic form are available on the Graduate Student Resource Center. The graduate school library assistant, and the reference librarian at the St. John Library, are available for instruction in theological research and resources, either as part of a course component, as structured sessions for groups, or as informal, private sessions for help on specific projects. There is a library orientation for students, especially new students, at the start of every semester, and special sessions in theological research and online research are also available by request.

Christendom graduate students and faculty have library privileges at the Woodstock Theological Library and the Lauinger Library of Georgetown University, and at the Dominican House of Studies Library. In addition, currently-enrolled students can access the collections of more than thirty academic institutions in the Commonwealth of Virginia through the Virtual Library of Virginia, VIVA, and its Universal Borrowing Pilot Program. The Christendom library card may be used by current matriculating students to check out materials from all of these libraries. The St. Paul Library also offers the student access to the on-line catalog of the Washington Research Libraries Consortium (WRLC), which includes the library holdings of several area universities.