Frequently Asked Questions
What are benefits of reading Catholic literature?
Books change our lives. Some of us read because it’s fun. Some read to gain wisdom, some to gain comfort, and yet others read to seek truth.
In Rediscover Catholicism, Matthew Kelly writes, “Books really do change our lives, because what we read today walks and talks with us tomorrow.”
Many saints also encouraged reading:
- St. John Bosco said, “Only God knows the good that can come about by reading one good Catholic book.”
- St. Jerome encouraged reading by saying, “When we pray we speak to God; but when we read, God speaks to us.”
- St. Josemaría Escrivá urged the Church to read by saying, “Don’t neglect your spiritual reading. Reading has made many saints.”
Why should I visit the Cathedral Library?
We hope the reading of Catholic literature — and the viewing of similar media — will encourage you to come to our Library and explore the wisdom, truth, healing, inspiration, and even fun that can be found in good books!
What will I find at the Cathedral Library?
In our Library, you will find 6,000+ books, a wealth of Catholic materials for all ages, including Bible studies, lives of the saints, inspirational reading, devotional guides, reference materials, and media.
Who can come and borrow from the Cathedral Library?
The Cathedral Library is for everyone! Life-long learners — children, teens, young adults, adults, and retirees — are all welcome. Children must be supervised while they enjoy our wonderful children’s books. The Library is also a wonderful place for students and RCIA participants to find valuable information.
Where is the Cathedral Library?
The Cathedral Library is on the first floor of the Cathedral Center on Cathedral Square at the corner of West Jefferson and South Calhoun Streets.
What are the Library’s hours?
The Library is open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and during Sunday class hours.
Will I need a library card?
No library card is needed! You may check out books simply by providing your name, email, or phone number in the Check Out Book on the table at the Library entrance.
How many books can I borrow at once?
You may check out up to four or five books for up to three weeks.
How do I return my books?
Please place your books in the Return Box under the Check Out Table by the Library entrance.
How do I renew my books?
Books can be renewed at the Library. To renew your books, you must check them in and out again.
Who should I contact if I want to donate items to the Cathedral Library?
All of our collection is donated. Our Library Committee members would be happy to consider adding your donated item(s) to our collection. Please call the Cathedral Office at 260.424.1485 and someone will return your call soon.
Who should I contact if I have other questions?
If you have other questions, please contact the Cathedral Office at 260.424.1485 and someone will be glad to assist you.