About the Library

Message from the University Librarian

Jack Fritts, University Librarian

Greetings to the students, faculty, and staff of Benedictine University.  The Benedictine Library welcomes you. 

Our professional librarians and staff are ready to help you achieve your academic and research goals.  We offer access to over 200,000 print and electronic texts, journals, and other materials through our website. We also have access to millions of additional items through our membership in I-Share. The research and instruction librarians can provide guidance to the best resources for your work, and they also offer individual or group instruction in the use of our resources.  

We are mindful of the needs of all members of our community, whether on campus or off, and we will assist you as you follow your academic path.  We are available to guide you through personal contact, telephone, email, or chat.

Jack Fritts, M.Ed., MALIS
University Librarian

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Benedictine University Libraries is to provide library resources and services that support the Benedictine University community and meet its academic and research needs. In accordance with the University mission, the library also endeavors to enhance the University's Roman Catholic tradition and Benedictine heritage, the multicultural character of the campus community, and the University's commitment to assist students in becoming responsible citizens and leaders in the world community. The library will also share its resources appropriately with outside communities, including the broader academic community and local users.


  • Over 200,000 books (print and electronic)
  • Access to over 30,000 periodicals (print and electronic)
  • Over 115 different databases in a variety of subject areas, most accessible from off campus
  • Instructional Materials Collection - juvenile books, teacher's kits, multimedia resources, videos / DVDs, CDs & phonograph disks
  • Copies of all theses and dissertations completed at Benedictine University & George Williams College
  • State of Illinois Documents Repository
  • Archives & Special Collections (Appointments are not required but strongly encouraged. Call (630) 829-6064 to arrange an appointment.)


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Kindlon Hall of Learning
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532 | Map
(630) 829-6050
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1500 N. Fifth Street
Springfield, IL 62702 | Map
(217) 718-5011


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