About the Library
Kindlon Hall


  • Circulation
  • Interlibrary Loan 
  • Instruction 
  • Research & Reference 
  • Reserves
  • University Archives


  • Books - About 200,000 books.
  • Periodicals - About 30,000 periodicals.
  • Academic Databases - About 100 databases.
  • I-Share - Materials from more than 90 academic libraries in Illinois.
  • Archives & Special Collections - Benedictine University records, theses/dissertations, manuscripts, and rare books.
  • Constellation Institutional Repository - Works by BenU faculty and students. Note: Constellation is currently unavailable. We are exploring alternative institutional repository platforms.
  • Instructional Materials Collection - Juvenile books, teacher’s kits, and multimedia resources.



The Benedictine University Library is a primary source for the academic success of our students and faculty and is integral to the future direction of the University.


The Benedictine University Library directly supports the academic mission of the University through selecting, curating, creating, preserving, and providing anytime access to digital and physical resources and through providing the finest in-person and virtual support and services to all of our regional and global Library constituents.


In 1901, the Benedictine University Library, then called the St. Procopius College Library, moved from its Chicago location to Benedictine Hall on the Lisle campus. Over the next 60 years, the collection grew from 7,000 volumes to more than 40,000 volumes, prompting the need for a new facility. In 1963, the Library moved to its new home, the Theodore Lownik Library, where it resided for nearly 40 years. 

In 2001, the Library moved to its present-day Lisle campus location in Kindlon Hall. Since then, the Library has opened a branch location on the Mesa campus. Today, the Library provides access to more than 200,000 volumes and serves students, faculty, and staff around the world.

Online exhibit: Library of Change: Celebrating 125 Years of Benedictine University 1887-2012

Message from the Associate University Librarian

I would like to take a moment to welcome everyone to the library whether you are visiting us virtually through our webpage or in person on our Lisle or Mesa campuses. We are happy to assist you with your study and research needs.

The library is an important academic space on campus. We need to be mindful of each other's needs as we work and study in this space.Luann DeGreve Many students need to have a quiet space without many distractions to do their best work. The library needs to be that place on campus. We encourage visitors to find other places on campus to socialize. If anyone needs help finding those places, please ask us.

As you visit the library, you will see some changes this year. Updates to whiteboards and lighting are happening in the Lisle physical space. Seating is reduced in some areas for continued social distancing. A favorite book may no longer be on the shelf where it was last year. We have undertaken a three-year project to reclassify all our materials from the Dewey Decimal System to the Library of Congress Classification System. You can read more about that project here.

We are happy to see everyone back on campus this year. If you have any questions, please reach out to us. We are here to help you succeed. You can find all our contact information here.

Have a terrific year!

Luann DeGreve
Associate University Librarian

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Kindlon Hall
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 829-6050


Gillett Hall
225 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 878-7514