Latimer Family Library

The Saint Vincent College library is known as the Latimer Family Library in honor of Dale P. and Darlene M. Latimer who made a generous gift for the renovation, enhancement and endowment of the library. The Latimers' gift was designed to recognize the treasured role that the Library has in Saint Vincent College's Benedictine educational tradition.

The original Saint Vincent Library collection began with 100 books which founder Boniface Wimmer brought with him from Germany in 1846. Through the leadership of the late Father Fintan Shoniker, O.S.B. and of Father Chrysostom Schlimm, O.S.B., the Library has grown into a collection that includes nearly 290,000 books and periodicals, 99,000 microforms such as microfilm, microfiche and cards, and 3000 musical scores. The collection also has more than 100 rare books that are at least 500 years old including a copy of The Canterbury Tales produced in 1478 by the first printer in England, William Caxton.

Library Services & Highlights
  • Fully automated catalog (OPAC), utilizing the integrated system of Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
  • Online access to an extensive list of bibliographic and full-text information through such resources as EBSCOhost, EBSCO Discover Service, Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe,CENAGE and JSTOR.
  • The Library houses a 20 unit desktop computer lab and provides full Wi-Fi connectivity to the Local-area network and the Internet for use with laptop computers and other portable devices.
  • Materials not available here may be requested from other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan service (ILL) available through the Interlibrary Loan Coordinator or at the Circulation Desk
  • Participant in the Westmoreland County Libraries Reciprocal Borrowing Program that affords members of the SVC Community borrowing privileges as participating libraries.

 

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About the Library

Benedictine institutions have traditionally granted a place of honor to the library. Saint Vincent Library continues this tradition by providing a repository of the institution's bibliographic holdings and a continually growing resource in support of the College's teaching mission.

Borrowing privileges are available to enrolled students, faculty and staff members of the College; T the Saint Vincent identification card serves as the Library card. Library resources are also available to the general public and to the local religious, educational, business and social community. The Library is open to patrons eighty-three (83) hours each week when school is in session. Special hours are in effect during vacation periods and on holidays; schedule changes are posted in the Library, distributed to the offices of the College, and posted on the webpage.

Private study carrels and tables are available throughout the Library. A central reference area provides access to more than 3,500 resource titles such as encyclopedias, abstracts, dictionaries, indexes, handbooks, atlases, concordances, and gazetteers.

The periodical area displays 297 current periodicals arranged alphabetically by title. A collection of audio tapes and CDs, a collection of DVDs and tapes as well as appropriate players is available. The Library has a collection of microfilm and microfiche items with readers and a printer for patron use.

The collection contains nearly 240,000 print volumes, 46,000 bound periodicals and approximately 100,000 microforms. The Library houses unique resources in religion and theology and special collections of Pennsylvania and Benedictina. The Library also has a collection of rare books housed in climate-controlled vault; access to this collection is available by special request.

The collection is classified according to the Library of Congress classification system. The Library uses a fully automated catalog (OPAC), utilizing the integrated system of Innovative Interfaces, Inc. The Library provides online access to an extensive list of bibliographic and full-text information through such resources as EBSCOhost, LexisNexis, CENAGE and JSTOR. The Library houses a computer lab and connections for laptop access to the campus Local-area Network and the Internet; wireless connectivity is also available throughout the building.

Materials not available at Saint Vincent Library may be requested from other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan service (ILL). This service is available through the Interlibrary Loan Coordinator or at the Circulation Desk. The Library participates in the Westmoreland County Libraries Reciprocal Borrowing Program that affords members of the Saint Vincent Community borrowing privileges at participating libraries. 

Hours of Operationlibrary-hours

Library Schedule 2017

LIBRARY SCHEDULE - SPRING SEMESTER

Beginning Monday, Jan. 16, 2017
Sunday - 12 noon - 11:45 p.m.
Monday - Thursday - 8:15 a.m.-11:45 p.m.
Friday - 8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Saturday - 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Exceptions to Regular Hours

Spring Break - March 3 - 13, 2017 
Friday, March 3 - 8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 - CLOSED
Sunday, March 5 - CLOSED
Monday - Friday, March 6 - 10 -  8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 11 - CLOSED
Sunday, March 12 - 6 - 11:45 p.m.
Monday, March 13 - Regular Hours Resume

Easter Vacation - April 12 - 18, 2017
Wednesday, April 12 - 8:15 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, April 13 - 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Friday - Sunday, April 14 - 16 - CLOSED
Monday, April 17 - 6 - 11:45 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18 - Regular Hours Resume

Final Exam Week - May 5 - 14, 2017
Friday, May 5 - 8:15 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Saturday, May 6 - 10 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Sunday, May 7 - 12 noon - 11:45 p.m.
Monday - Wednesday, May 8 - 10 - 8:15 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.
Thursday, May 11 - 8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Friday, May 12 - 8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Saturday, May 13 - 9 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Sunday, May 14 - CLOSED

Schedules Subject to Change