Library Policies


The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation Memorial Library (Gellert Library) is located on the first floor and basement of the C Wing (East). It houses approximately 150,000 bound volumes plus 5,000 volumes of bound periodicals. There is seating for 70 patrons at tables, carrels, and lounge chairs. There are eight desktop computer stations and wi-fi is available for laptop, tablet, and mobile device use throughout the facility.

The Gellert Memorial Library is devoted to serving seminarians, faculty, staff, and the greater community by providing access to exceptional theological resources. The following policies and guidelines are implemented to ensure that our materials support academic research and scholarship. We are always open to new ideas and suggestions. Share your thoughts with us by calling the library at (650) 321-5655 or emailing one of the librarians.

Collection Development
Patron Privilages and Access
Interlibrary Loan
Internet Access
Photocopying and Printing
Free Materials



Current hours are on the Home Page, and will be updated throughout the academic year. Contact us if you have any questions. 


Collections Development

Our collection is intended to be the extension of the communties we serve. Our scope is to acquire academically rigorous materials used for religious scholarship. While our emphasis is the Catholic Church and its teachings, our vision is also to provide information on a diverse range of social, religious, and political perspectives. Additionally, we acquire materials that support the ongoing academic and research interests of our faculty. As we progress into the information age, our collection will grow in tandem with the most current digital media formats. Finally, if you have a suggestion, we welcome you to share it with our library staff. 



The Gellert Memorial Library always welcomes donations. Before bringing in your donation, please let us know when you coming and whether you will require a thank you letter for tax purposes. Please be aware that the library can only add materials that are pertinent to our collection development policy. However, the materials that are not selected will still be utilized within our community in a different capacity.


Patron Privileges and Access Requirements
  • Faculty, Students and Staff-  Current students, staff and faculty members are entitled to make use of all library materials.
  • Alumni- Alumni of St. Patrick’s are also entitled to library privileges. Alumni may borrow books and are permitted to make use of the library's online databases in the library. However, the library's license agreements do not permit the use of online databases  off-campus.
  • Visitors- Visitors from local communities and parishes are welcome to use the library’s resources. If visitors would like to check out materials, they are required to fill out a Library Application Form.



Library Catalogs-  The majority of our materials are cataloged and shelved according to the Library of Congress Classification system. The library owns approximately 120,000 volumes. Most of the materials can be checked out. When searching for books, it’s best to first consult our online catalog which can be found by clicking here, then try our card catalog on site. In general, books older than 1992 will have records in our card catalog but most have been migrated to the online catalog. 

Books- The majority of collection is cataloged according to the Library of Congress Classification system. Most of the collection is located on the basement level of the library and underneath the mezzanine. Most of the volumes can be checked out, however reference books are limited to library use only.

Dewey Decimal System- The library has a small collection of books organized by the dewey decimal system located on the mezzanine.

Periodicals-  The print periodical collection of the library is composed of the 120 periodicals currently received by the Library, as well as a substantial collection of titles which are no longer being published or are not currently being ordered. Religion and philosophy titles constitute the majority of the collection, but periodicals dealing with other areas of the curriculum may also be found. Current periodicals are displayed on the display racks, with back issues and bound volumes shelved in the periodical stacks in alphabetical order.

Most of the library’s periodicals are indexed by either the ATLA Religion Database or the Catholic Periodical Literature Index. Additionally, the online databases may either link to or directly provide access to an additional number of electronic journals, many of which are not available from the library’s print collection. Periodicals are for library use only, and do not circulate outside of the library, though photocopies may be made for personal use in compliance with current copyright law.

Reference Materials- Reference books are located in the Fenn Reference Room. These materials are library use only.  Reference materials in our collection include, dictionaries (english and others), encyclopedias, maps, indexes, atlases, biographies, and bibliographies. Generally, reference materials are very useful for gathering general information on a subject. However, theology reference books available will range from general information on religions (i.e. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge and the Encyclopedia of Religion), to more specialized information on a specific type of religion (i.e. Encyclopedia of Catholic Social thought,Social science, Social Policy and The Thomas Aquinatis Opera omnia).

Audiovisual Materials- The library owns approximately 325 DVD’s and 100 CD’s. All titles are searchable via the online catalog and may be borrowed for the same length of time as books. Audiovisual materials are shelved on the first floor in acquisition order. Cameras and video accessories (e.g. tripods, projectors) are also available for checkout and should be requested through a member of the library staff.

Databases- The library currently subscribes to the following full-text databases: ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, EBSCO Religion & Philosophy Collection, ProQuest Religion and Gale/Infotrac Religion & Philosophy. These databases offer direct access to a variety of electronic journal resources Additionally, the library subscribes the following databases: the Catholic Periodical Literature Index, Philosopher’s Index, Old Testament Abstracts, and New Testament Abstracts. These databases primarily provide indexing services for the library’s print collection as well as citation data for use in interlibrary loan requests.


Materials may be renewed for an additional borrowing period (effective from the date of the renewal request) unless the item has been requested by another patron. Patrons may initiate renewals and review their accounts by clicking the “My Account” link in the online catalog.To ensure borrowed materials are properly returned to the library collection upon completion of use, they must be returned via book drop, either through the indoor slot by the circulation desk or the outdoor box located by the library’s main entrance. Books not placed in one of these book drops may remain on the patron’s record and will continue to be considered on loan to the patron.

Any book in circulation may be recalled immediately for course reserve or for an individual after the designated borrowing period has elapsed. A borrower may request that a "hold" be put on an item checked out to another patron. Additionally, patrons may request materials currently on the shelf (not checked out) to be collected by the library staff and held for pickup within one week of the request.The patron is responsible for all books and other material checked out of the library and will be expected to replace or provide financially or in-kind for the replacement of any lost, misplaced, or damaged items.

Hold Shelf- Library materials may be set aside for patron pickup within one week of the hold request being filled
by the library staff. Materials are not checked out to the patron until the time of pickup, except for
interlibrary loans (see section below).

Course Reserves- Books and other materials required for seminary courses may be placed on reserve by Faculty members. Since these titles are in demand for intensive use by many students, the materials are restricted to library use only. Course reserve books may only circulate with the express permission of the course instructor and library staff and should be returned directly to a librarian upon completion of use.

Loan Periods:

  • St. Patrick’s Seminarians: 8 weeks
  • St. Patrick’s Faculty and Staff: 1 year
  • Fuller Theological Students: 5 weeks
  • Visitor/Guests: 5 weeks
  • Interlibrary loans: 4 weeks


Interlibrary Loan 

Interlibrary loan services are available to all library patrons. If the library does not have a needed item, an interlibrary loan request should be made to the librarian, using either a paper form (available at the circulation desk) or the online form available from the online catalog. Depending on the location of the lending library, patrons should allow a minimum of one to two weeks to obtain an item. Current editions of textbooks, newly-released titles and video/multimedia are typically not loaned from other libraries and should not be requested via interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan items are checked out upon receipt by the library and the due date is established by the lending library. If a patron wishes to renew an interlibrary loan, he or she must inform the librarian one week before the item is due so the librarian may secure permission from the lending library. The patron must see that the item is returned to the Gellert Library (NOT the lending library) by the due date. Delinquent borrowers may be asked to pay fines assessed by the lending library.

Periodical and reference resource (e.g. encyclopedia, dictionary) articles may be requested in the form of photocopies, rather than a physical loan, as these materials typically do not circulate from libraries. Photocopied material does not need to be returned to the library.

The Graduate Theological Union (GTU) is a consortium of seminaries and religious institutes in Berkeley. The Flora Lamson Hewlett Library serves as a common library for these institutions, containing a majority of their theological resources and producing a distinguished theological collection. Students and Faculty of St. Patrick's Seminary may elect to borrow books directly from the GTU Library in lieu of initiating an interlibrary loan. If visiting the GTU, please be prepared to show seminary ID to initiate borrowing privileges

  • Fees:
    • We loan free to SCELC, ATLA, Catholic organizations, and Public libraries
    • Copies: $20.00
    • Loans:  $20.00
    • International Libraries: $50.00
    • Public libraries that do not recipocate will be charged a $5.00 fee per request to Offset postage
  • Request Methods:
    • OCLC Resource Sharing (SP1)
  • Loan Periods:
    • 5 weeks
    • Renew Period: 2-4 weeks
  • Delivery methods:
    • USPS 
    • Email for Document Deliver
  • Non-circulating materials- Periodicals, rare books (photocopies feasible if within reason)


Internet Access
  • Computers- Desktop computers are available for patrons to use located next to the Corbalis Learning Commons. These computers come equipped with microsoft office. The library staff will be happy to assist with using these programs.

  • Wireless access- The entire library is equipped with wireless access. In order to use the wireless, connect to “Library-1” or “Library-2,” then open your web browser and go to any  “http” wesbite. You will be prompted to enter your username and password on the seminary’s internet login page. If you are a Fuller student or guest, please see a library staff to receive a wireless account.


Photocopying, Printing and Scanning

Multifunction machines on each floor of the library are available for the printing, copying and scanning needs of the seminary community. Printing and copying cost 5 cents per page. Scanning a file to e-mail is free of charge. The librarians and seminarian support staff are available to help patrons using the machines.

Free Materials

The table in front of the library director’s office holds books that are free to the seminary community due to duplication in the existing collection or because the materials are outside the scope of the library’s collection. They do not need to be checked out.