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Church Documents: Finding Books

Locating documents of the Roman Catholic Church.


WorldCat: national catalog that you can use in comprehensive searches to identify books and other materials on your topic

Google Book Search

InterLibrary Loan

For items not owned locally.

Sample Searches

Use the CLICsearch Online Catalog to find church documents.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Items by individuals are listed under the authors, e.g., try: Writings and Pius XI. 
  • Documents from the Congregations, Curia, committees and other official bodies are listed under the name of the group (sometimes in Latin), e.g., Try searching for Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith.
  •  Many items written by popes are assigned a special heading, Papal Documents 



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Curt LeMay
Library Director / Theological Librarian
The Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library
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