Our Collection

The St. Thomas More Library book collection holds over 40,000 volumes to support the curriculum and offer recreational reading opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and members of the school and monastic communities. Numerous databases, including JSTOR, ProQuest Research Library, and Project MUSE are provided to students. The collection also includes over 3000 DVDs and an alumni donation of over 12,000 classical music CDs.

The library subscribes to over 80 magazines and 5 newspapers in print and digital formats.  Back files of major newspapers and magazines are maintained, including a selection of newspapers and broadsides from the colonial era.

Two art seminar reading rooms hold a total of approximately 2,000 art books. The collection originated  with Dom Hilary Martin and Dom Peter Sidler of Portsmouth Priory and is currently supported each year by donations from the Donald T. McGuire, Sr. Book Fund and the James Sands ’32 Book Fund.

Additional endowed library funds that currently support the library’s collection development include the History Department Capone Book Fund, Paul J. Dembinski Memorial Book Fund, N. Young DuHamel ’44 Book Fund, William Haney III Fund, Mary Louise Kearney Book Fund, Norman R. Marcoux Memorial Book Fund, Memorial Book Fund, Thomas E. Moran ’43 Library Fund, Mogayzel Book Fund, Ramos-Esteban Modern Language Library Fund, John D. Reynolds Memorial Book Fund, and Adam R. Towler ’05 Memorial Book Fund.

The book collection holds a substantial collection of books published by alumni/ae authors, such as Vincent Cronin ‘40, Keith Botsford ’44, E.J. Dionne ’69, Christopher Buckley ’70, John Gregory Dunne ’50, Dom Julian Stead ’43, Thomas Mullen ’92, Michael C. J. Putnam ’50, and Leila Howland ’94 .

The monastery collection of over 45,000 volumes is in the process of being electronically cataloged and items are available to students and faculty per special request from the School Library Director to the Monastery Librarian. Most items are of a religious nature and many are in a foreign language.