Library Resources and Course Texts

Library Resources

Mullen Library
Institute faculty and students are entitled to user privileges in the John K. Mullen Library and the Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library of The Catholic University of America. At the beginning of each semester, registered Institute students receive a library bar code at the circulation desk of Mullen Library upon presenting an Institute student ID. The university library system contains more than 1,300,000 journals, books, dissertations, and other research materials. The Theology/Philosophy/Canon Law Library located on the third floor of Mullen Library houses specialized reference materials in the areas of religious studies and philosophy.

As a benefit of CUA's membership in the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), students have access to ALADIN, a shared electronic library system serving several universities in the Washington, D.C., area. ALADIN includes the online library catalog as well as article databases, electronic journals, image collections, and Internet resources. Students may access ALADIN databases remotely, i.e., from home or office. Additional databases on CD-ROM are available in the libraries. In addition to the Consortium Loan Service, which allows students to borrow volumes from other universities in the WRLC via a courier service, interlibrary loan from non-WRLC-member schools is available, and requests for both loan services may be submitted to the Access Services desk via the Mullen Library website. All faculty and students are invited to take advantage of group and individual instruction in the use of electronic library resources at Mullen Library.

Mullen Library has a number of computer stations located throughout the building that are available for research and Internet use. In addition, Dell PC and Macintosh iBook laptops can be checked out from the Circulation Desk for use inside the library. The laptops have word-processing capability and are connected to Mullen's wireless network. Students who own a laptop may check out a wireless network card from the Circulation Desk for access to the network. Further information about the wireless network is available at:

Students may purchase a photocopy card for use with the Mullen photocopying machines on the second floor.

The regular semester hours of Mullen Library are as follows:

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m.*
Friday: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday: 11.a.m.-11:30 p.m.

*Open 24 hours wtih limited services to CUA students.

Mullen Library has extended hours during the final exam periods. For vacation hours, students may call the schedule information number: 202-319-5077. For more information, visit the library's homepage at

Writing Center
Institute students are encouraged to make use of the Writing Center at The Catholic University of America (located at 219 Mullen Library). The Writing Center offers free, one-on-one consultations for writing projects at any stage of the process. Resources include: individual sessions with trained Writing Center instructors; reference material such as dictionaries, thesauri and citation formats for APA, MLA, and Chicago style guides; and writing workshops, grammar clinics and tutoring, and outreach presentations. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please consult:

Washington Theological Consortium
In the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, the libraries of institutions which participate in the Washington Theological Consortium are available to students of the Institute for research and study through the Institute's affiliation with Mullen Library. The institutions in the Consortium are The Catholic University of America School of Theology and Religious Studies, the Dominican House of Studies, Howard University School of Divinity, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, the Richmond Consortium, Virginia Theological Seminary, Washington Theological Union, Wesley Theological Seminary, the College of Preachers (associate member), and St. Paul's College (associate member). Institute students should bring their Mullen Library cards when researching in Consortium libraries. Access to Consortium libraries is for research only; to check out books, Institute students may use the interlibrary loan services of Mullen Library.

Other Collections
Other significant collections open to the public in the Washington, D.C., area include the Kennedy Institute of Ethics library, the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, and other university libraries.

Textbooks / Book Lists

A complete list of texts required for each course is made available prior to the beginning of each semester. Students are responsible for procuring their texts on their own.  The semester book list for each course includes the ISBN for all course texts required for purchase.

For courses that supplement books with a compendium of readings, the compendia are available exclusively through Cognella. To purchase a compendium, please visit the Cognella store website.