About the Library


The Gellert Library at St. Patrick's Seminary & University has over 100,000 books. We also subscribe to over 250 periodicals including schloraly journals, magazines, pamphlets and newsletters.

Currently we offer online access to the Catholic Periodical and Literature Index and the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Religion Database with ATLASerials -- and plans are underway to expand our database services.

By way of introduction, here's what you will find when you visit the Gellert Library: 

  • The reading room on the first floor has recent newspapers and magazines. Our Wi-Fi access and wonderful lighting make it a comfortable place to study and write.

  • Our theology reference collection is nearby on the first floor--as are our staff offices. Please feel free to stop by staff offices, the library manager's office and our book processing (technical services) workroom with questions. 

  • Photocopiers are available on both floors of the library, as are public access computers connected to our online catalog, our databases and the Internet.

  • We can also help you to get materials that we don't have available here through our Interlibrary Loan Service. We will search nationally, and if necessary, internationally to bring you what you need.

Closer to home, our library holdings are enriched by the cooperation of the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) Library in Berkeley, California. Library borrowing privileges are granted by GTU to all students of St. Patrick's Seminary & University. Seminary students can borrow GTU books either by going there in person, or through our own interlibrary loan service. Students who visit GTU and present an I.D. will receive a library card that will enable them to borrow books. They also will be granted access to the library's database subscriptions while they are on the premises. To arrange a visit, please contact one of St. Patrick's librarians, who will make sure that GTU knows to expect you.

St. Patrick's Seminary & University and the Gellert Library are also very proud of our special California history collections, which were generously donated by talented and erudite curators:

  • The Charles Albert Shumate, M.D. Collection of Californiana holds over 6,000 items on the history of the Western United States, with a focus on early California history. Here you will find materials covering a range of ccenturies from the discovery of our state by Spanish explorers through the agricultural and urban challenges of the early twentieth century. The works of early California poets and novelists are well represented, and there are many examples of books by small and fine presses of the San Francisco Bay area. Dr. Shumate (1904-1998) was a president of the California Historical Society and a member and officer of the Book Club of California. He bequeathed his collection to the Archives of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, which, in turn, agreed to honor it as a separate collection in the Seminary's library.

  • The Roy Walter Cloud collection contains 700 books with a focus on California history and American literature. Mr. Cloud (1878-1952) was an educator and historian who lived and worked for most of his life in San Mateo, serving for many years as Superintendent of Schools. He wrote The History of San Mateo County, California, published in 1928.

If you would like a tour of the library, our staff will be glad to show you around. We are here to help. Questions and comments are welcomed.