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 until 2001, when it moved to its present-day location in Kindlon Hall.
Today, the Benedictine University Library supports students, faculty and staff both online and at all campus locations by providing circulation, interlibrary loan, reserves, instruction, and in-person and virtual research and reference services. Our collection includes over 200,000 books, 30,000 periodicals, and 115 subject databases. We also collect juvenile books, teacher’s kits, videos, and multimedia resources to support the Education department.
Our affiliation with I-Share enables BenU students, faculty and staff to borrow materials directly from more than 80 academic libraries across Illinois. In addition, as an Illinois Documents Depository, we provide access to publications that emanate from Illinois State Agencies.
The Library is a member of LIBRAS, I-Share, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA). The Library on the Mesa Branch Campus is a member of the Theological Library Cooperative of Arizona.
The University Archives, also located in Kindlon Hall, is home to rare books, manuscripts and University records, including
copies of all theses and dissertations produced at Benedictine
University and George Williams College.
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.
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