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Crèche Loan Program

Fostering the True Meaning of Christmas

The collections of the University of Dayton’s Marian Library include thousands of Nativities from around the world that reflect a variety of customs and traditions. Over 100 countries are represented in the collection through sets often made of materials indigenous to the local regions and artistic customs. Depicting the story of Christ’s birth and presence, these crèches are expressions of how Christianity has shaped the culture and faith of people all over the world.

It is part of the mission of The Marian Library to foster the true meaning of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ through exhibits and programs featuring these inspirational pieces. In addition to our main exhibits, Nativity sets are lent to University of Dayton offices, supervised lobby areas and departments at no charge 

Questions? Call the Marian Library curatorial assistant at extension 94213 or email

Please note

Starting in 2020, off-campus loans will be suspended until further notice. The Marian Library art collection is undergoing an assessment to improve descriptions and streamline loan processes for the future. This is a time-consuming but critical project at this point in time.


Marian Library

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1390