Using the Library


User's Guide

View this guide for important user and library policy information.

Subject Guides

The library staff has prepared several subject guides. They are intended to be used as a general introduction to the subject, a research aid, a guide to World Wide Web sources, and a guide to holdings contained in the library. For further assistance with these and other subjects, please contact the reference librarian.


Interlibrary Loan

Students, faculty and monks who need a book or article not in the collection, may request and receive it from another library through the library's document delivery service. This service is not available to the general public. Obtain details regarding this service at the circulation desk.

Research Assistance

If you have any questions regarding research, please contact the Reference Librarian.

Special Events

Throughout the year the library schedules lectures, art exhibits, workshops and musical events. To find out about current events, you may email Victoria Ertelt, Library Administrator, or call the library at (503) 845-3303.

Used Books

The Abbey Library sells a wide variety of used books on the library's main floor, on the shelves across from the photocopier. The emphasis is mainly on Catholicism, theology and philosophy, but there are also many history, biography, travel, fiction, foreign language, etc. titles for sale. Prices generally range from fifty cents to five dollars, with a few more expensive items.

The library also has a much larger collection of used books available online through AbeBooks.