Welcome Back

Welcome back (or for the first time) students and faculty to another school year at St. Mary’s! We hope everyone’s had a restorative summer.

As a reminder, the Beran Library is here to help enhance your academic experience at St. Mary’s. Beginning the week of 25 August, the Library will be conveniently open 7 days a week to serve you.

The fall semester hours are:

Monday – Wednesday: 8:30 am – 10 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am – 7 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 7 pm

What does the Beran have to offer? So much! We’ve got loads of books and journals to help you complete course assignments. Additionally, our helpful librarians can teach you how to locate resources, use the research databases and cite your sources correctly (to avoid plagiarism, of course). We also have a couple computers and a printer, newspapers for perusing, coffee for drinking and copiers for makin’ copies. Also, candy.

What’s New at the Beran?

Come check out the new interface on the computers. We think you’ll agree it’s a vast improvement if you remember the old one. The computers are now equipped with MS Word and PowerPoint (welcome to the 90s) AND you can now print at the library. Isn’t that terribly exciting?

Ever checked out one of our LibGuides? Libguides are research guides that offer information on various subjects. A few topics we’ve created guides for include how to format a paper using Chicago style citation, how to request materials and how to write exegetical papers. These guides are especially useful if you’re in need of library assistance, but don’t feel like getting out of bed. Take a look at all the Beran’s LibGuides by clicking HERE.

Don’t want to get out of bed, but feeling more communicative? Ask your question via email at beran@smseminary.com, call us at 713-686-4345 x265 or text us at 713-987-3367. Friend us on Facebook at Lib Beran and “like” our page to get updates.

All of the info here can also be found at our main home on the web http://www.smseminary.com/library/.

We look forward to seeing all your shining familiar (and new!) faces in the coming weeks.

       – Beran Library




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Summer Vacation

Beran Library will be closed for all of July. If you have books due before then, please return them! Have a great summer – see you in the Fall!


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Catalog Down

FYI: The library catalog will be down tomorrow Tuesday, May 20.

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Between Semester and Summer Semester Schedules

Attention patrons! The Beran Library will be observing reduced hours during the between semester schedule and the summer schedule. The between semester schedule will run May 4 – May 18.

The between semester schedule will run as follows:

  • Regular hours for the week of May 4 – May 9
  • Closed the weekend of May 10-11
  • Open 8:30-5:00 PM the week of May 12-16
  • Closed the weekend of May 17-18

The summer schedule begins May 19 and runs through June 16. The summer semester schedule runs as follows:

  • Monday – Thursday 8:30 to 7:00 PM
  • Friday 8:30 to 5:00 PM
  • Closed Saturday and Sunday
  • Closed Memorial Day, May 26

The summer session ends June 16. The schedule for the rest of the summer is Monday – Friday 8:30 – 5:00 PM.




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Historical Pamphlets Collection @ Beran Library

Did you know the Beran Library has two separate pamphlet collections? During a standard weeding project in 2012, the pamphlet collection was divided into current and topical pamphlets which were subsequently cataloged and can circulate, and the historical pamphlets collections. Thus, the Cardinal Library Historical Pamphlets Collection was born. 

Check out the new LibGuide on our webpage detailing our Historical Pamphlets Collection. This collection is open for research! Follow the link below to access the guide:



Here are just a few of the many pamphlets in our collection!

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Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture Series: “Hidden Gifts: Psychological Functions of Spiritual and Religious Engagement”

The Catholic Intellectual Tradition @ St. Mary’s lecture series continues this Spring with “Hidden Gifts: Psychological Functions of Spiritual and Religious Engagement” by Dr. Elizabeth Maynard, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.

This lecture will be held Tuesday, April 1 at 4:00 PM in the 2nd floor reading room of the Cardinal Beran Library. The lecture is free and open to the entire St. Mary’s, University of Thomas and Cardinal Beran Library; no reservation is required. As always, refreshments will be provided following the presentation.

Please attend so the Library can continue to host great events like this in the future. For more information please email the Beran Library (beran@smseminary.com) or call us at 713-686-4345 x265.

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Spring Break Hours at Beran

From Saturday, March 8 – Sunday, March 16, the Beran Library will observe reduced hours:

Monday: 8:30 – 5:00 PM

Tuesday: 8:30 – 5:00 PM

Wednesday: 8:30 – 5:00 PM

Thursday: 8:30 – 5:00 PM

Friday: 8:30 – 5:00 PM

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: CLOSED

Plan your library use accordingly!

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