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The Marian Library: 1943 – Today

In 1943, when the Marianists at UD started a new library devoted to the study of Mary, they were planning ahead for the commemoration of back-to-back centennials in 1949 and 1950 – the Society of Mary’s arrival in the United States and the founding of the school that would become the University of Dayton.

Within six years, the Marian Library became more than an anniversary gift; it was a tribute to the Blessed Mother, a monument to the order’s educational mission and an important asset for the Catholic Church.

In 2018, as we mark the library’s 75th anniversary, we honor the foresight of the founders, the ambition of their vision and the dedication of all those who have served it. Including materials from the Middle Ages to today, the collection attracts University of Dayton faculty and students from many disciplines as well as scholars and theologians from around the world.

Celebrate with the Marian Library
Inspired by the Marian Library’s rich musical holdings, our 2018 celebration features two concerts co-presented with ArtsLIVE. In January, the vocal ensemble Eya performed medieval music interpreted for women’s voices. In October, the Marian Consort, an early-music ensemble, will perform in the Immaculate Conception Chapel. We also will present two art exhibits and a variety of other anniversary events.

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Marian Library

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1390