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Marian Library Collections

The Marian Library’s holdings include circulating books, periodicals, rare books and incunabula, artwork and archival materials. The collections document the history, spirituality and ecclesial foundations of Marian studies. As devotions to Mary are present in cultural traditions around the world, the collection is international in scope and includes materials in 100 languages. 

The library maintains a comprehensive collection of Marian books, video and audio recordings. Topics include, for example, Marian doctrines; theological writings, sermons, and meditations on Mary; Marian prayers and devotions; Marian apparitions and shrines; literary accounts of the life of Mary; artistic representations of Mary; and historical surveys of Marian theology. Search the catalog for all circulating materials.

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The rare book collection includes over 6,200 cataloged volumes published between 1473 and 1800. The collection primarily documents cultural expressions of Marian doctrine and devotion. It includes significant holdings of books of hours (illuminated devotionals from the 15th century), incunabula (books printed before 1500), devotional meditations and apologetic works from the 17th and 18th century and works printed in Mexico during the 16th and 17th century. It also includes first, limited, or specially bound editions of works published after 1800. The Rare Book collection is named in honor of Brother William Fackovec, S.M., librarian in the Marian Library from 1960 to 2010. Many of the books in the collection were acquired by him during visits to rare book dealers in Europe.

Archives and special research collections document a broad range of Marian topics including apparitions, shrines, titles, artistic representations of Mary, Marian spirituality and Mary in Catholic material culture. Collections contain a variety of formats including visual resources, audiovisual materials, and artifacts. Archival collections include personal papers, manuscripts, and records that document the history, activities, research interests, and devotional practices of individuals, groups, and organizations with a significant Marian dimension. 

Finding Aids

The Marian Library's digital special collections provide access to rich resources of digitized archival photographs, holy cards, stamps, ephemera, and other unique Marian materials. 


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The Marian Library’s collection includes over 15,000 works of art and artifacts. The collection includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, ephemera and artifacts depicting the person of Mary and documenting Marian spirituality, culture and devotion. The Crèche Collection includes over 3,600 Nativities from around the world and celebrates diverse nativity traditions from over 100 cultures.

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John Stokes, founder of the Mary's Gardens movement, donated his archives, manuscripts, artwork, personal library and website to the Marian Library. The transfer was complete in May 2013. Browse digitized highlights from the collection.

John Stokes and Mary's Gardens Website

Helpful Tools

Broaden the scope of our collections by using these online tools.

eCommonsa service of University of Dayton Libraries, is a space for content produced by our diverse campus community. It is a permanent multimedia archive of UD's continuous pursuit of transformative education and world-changing research. It is home to many of the Marian Library's digital collections.

ArchivesSpace is a content management system that allows users to access finding aids and inventories for archives and special collections at the University of Dayton. Collections from the University Archives and Special Collections, the US Catholic Special Collection, and the Marian Library are included. 


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