About the Library
The Dominican Theological Library (DTL) began as the faculty library of the Dominican House of Studies at Somerset, Ohio, in 1834. It was moved to Washington, D.C., with the establishment of the current House of Studies in 1905. Our faculty became a Pontifical Faculty of Theology in 1941, and is also civilly accredited. A new wing for the Faculty and Library was dedicated in 2009. The DTL holds approximately 59,000 volumes in its circulating collection, as well as some 2,700 titles in its specialized Reference, Dominican and Rare Books collections. We also receive many scholarly journals. The DTL is a member of the Washington Theological Consortium and of the Higher Education Library Information Network (HELIN).
Today many libraries are better described as information centers or media centers. While the DTL employs some new information technologies and new media, it remains, above all, a traditional library: a place for books and for the rigorous acquisition of learning. All our collections, services, and facilities are meant to foster serious and recollected study in the service of the Gospel.
Highlights from the Dominican Theological Library Collections
Every month the library creates a new mini exhibition showcasing various books centered around a specific theme. November’s exhibit is focused on an exploration of the Saints and features a variety of books on several different saints from across the centuries. The exhibit can be found in the display cases on the main floor, to the right of the recent perodicals.