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The Donald E. O’Shaughnessy Library

A 1455 Gutenberg Bible facsimile, a permanent icon display of the Women of the Church: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, and 85,000+ volumes are but a few of the treasures awaiting visitors at the Donald E. O’Shaughnessy Library (DEOL). The 24,000+ square feet library offers resources relating to the curriculum and programs of OST as well as materials designed for scholarly research in theological subject fields.

The library is open for study and research to visiting scholars, researchers, and the local community.

The Library consists of three floors in both the north and west wings that include:

  • Writings of the Fathers of the Church
  • Special collections
  • 400 scholarly and popular journals and periodicals
  • Religion and theology journals
  • Faculty and alumnae thesis and dissertations

The core of these archives is the historical records of the former Southern Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. They are the property of the United States Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and have been retained in San Antonio for easier access for researchers on Texas and the Southwest. They comprise the non-active files and related historical material of the Texas-based Oblate administration, ministries, and personnel from 1849 to 1999. The collection includes original documents, photographs, copied material, artifacts, and related published works.

The material covers over 180 parishes, and many more missions served from those parishes, mostly in Texas, but also in Mexico, Louisiana, New Mexico, Colorado, and California. It also includes foreign missions; houses of formation (for training new Oblate missionaries); renewal centers (retreat houses); chaplaincies in hospitals, prisons, the military, and schools; and other special ministries. The records are invaluable for the work of the Catholic Church in the Southwest, especially among Hispanics. They are essential to the history of the local church in south and west Texas and the greater Houston area.

By special arrangement, other collections are also housed in these archives (such as the catholic newspaper The Southern Messenger, 1903-1957).

The Archives is open to researchers by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment, please contact the archivist by email at or by phone at 210-341-1366 extension 205.

The circulation collection is located on floors 2 & 3 of the north wing.
The reference collection is located on floor 2A of the west wing.
The current journal collection & special collections are located on floor 1A of the west wing.
The bound journal collection is located in the basement of the west wing.
The off-site collection is located in the basement of the campus chapel.

The original collection in this rare book depository consists of the pre-20th century publications gathered from Oblate parishes along the lower Rio Grande in Texas by Fr. Robert Wright, OMI, in the early 1980s. Known as the Oblate Lower Rio Grande Collection, these 18th and 19th century books are shelved according to their provenance from Brownsville, La Lomita-Mission, Rio Grande City, Roma, and Laredo. The collection includes biblical, theological, pastoral, and historical works in Spanish, Latin, French, English, and German. The greater part of the Mission collection is a very valuable set of works from Mexico probably brought for safety across the border during the Mexican Revolution.

Three other collections are closely related to the first. The Kenedy Collection is a valuable group of Texana collected by the Kenedy family in South Texas. The Borderlands Collection consists of works on the southwestern United States and Mexico, especially north east and north central Mexico, collected by Fr. Robert Wright, OMI. The Johnson Collection houses works on San Antonio and Texas collected by Mr. Johnson.

The Oblate Oregon Collection is the research collection of Fr. Ron Young OMI, on the pioneer Oblate missionary work in the Oregon Territory (1847-1860).

The remaining collections consist primarily of rare books dealing with various ecclesiastical disciplines, such as theology and church history. The Assumption Seminary Collection and Oblate College (Washington, DC) Collection come from two longtime partner institutions of Oblate School of Theology. The Oblate School of Theology Collection consists of the other rare books accessioned by the School throughout the decades, with works dating from as early as 1546 (The works of St. John Chrysostom, signed by the Spanish inquisition and the Viceroy of New Spain).

Donald E. O’Shaughnessy Library
Circulation Desk

210-341-1366 ext. 311

Monday 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday – Thursday 7:30 am – 9:30 pm
Friday 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed

January 15 Closed
March 30 Closed
April 2 Closed
April 27 Closed
May 28 Closed


Maria M. Garcia, Director of Library

Oscar Gutierrez, Circulation Clerk

Mathew Martin, Archivist & Rare Book Curator

Olivia Anne Peters, Library Assistant

Joanne Aleman, Library Assistant

Carmen Rodriguez, General Services Manager

Bea Tovar, Cataloguer

Bro. Tim Unser, OFM Conv., Circulation

Library Resources

  • EBSCOhost
  • EBSCOhost Research Database includes databases that cover a wide variety of research areas. EBSCOhost contains thousands of indexed articles, reviews,
    essays, books and dissertations in various languages. The databases hold more
    than 300 full text and secondary databases.

  • EBSCOhost
  • eBooks at EBSCOhost, formerly known as NetLibrary, provides access to
    electronic books (eBooks), including reference books, scholarly monographs,
    publications of many university presses, and consumer books that have been
    converted into digital format. It is possible to perform full-text searches of a
    single eBook, search thousands of volumes simultaneously, browse topic
    categories, or read eBooks directly online.

    American Doctoral Dissertations is a free resource accessible to all researchers. The database offers great coverage of 20th-century research as well as access to full text. The database includes more than 153,000 theses and dissertations from 1902 to the present.

  • The Arts & Sciences XIII Collection provides an international set of journals in
    disciplines including Language & Literature, Art & Art History, Philosophy, and
    Religion. Represented subdisciplines include European church history and the
    literature of the American West. Includes JSTOR’s open access eBooks.

  • BAS Library
  • The Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) – dedicated to the dissemination of information about archaeology in the Bible lands.

  • TSLAC – Discovery TX
  • The TexShare online resources provide full-text articles from journals,
    newspapers, magazines, and many other sources, on-line books, and topics such
    as homework help for students, health information, business information,
    biography and genealogy, as well as literature and archival information.

  • Research in Ministry (RIM)
  • Research in Ministry® (RIM®) indexes and abstracts projects and theses from over 100 Doctor of Ministry (DMin), Doctor of Missiology (DMiss) and Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin) programs accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). RIM is a searchable database with entries for authors, titles, thesis/project advisors, schools, and ATLA subject headings. Abstracts can be searched by keyword.

  • ProQuest
    Dissertation Express
  • ProQuest Dissertation Express provides an extensive collection of dissertations
    or thesis abstracts. Dissertation Express offers students and faculty the option
    of buying copies of dissertations or master’s theses.

  • Directory of Open
    Access Books (DOAB)
  • The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books.
    The directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed
    books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided
    that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards.

  • Index Religiousu
  • BREPOLiS – International bibliography of theology, Church history, and religious studies.

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

  • Digital Public Library
    of America (DPLA)
  • The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.

  • The Online Books Page at UPenn
  • The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of
    such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.

  • Project Gutenberg
  • Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub
    books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. Project
    Gutenberg’s ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. We
    digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of

  • PQDT
  • PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of
    charge. The authors of these dissertations and theses have opted to publish as
    open access. Open Access Publishing is a new service offered by ProQuest’s UMI
    Dissertation Publishing, and we expect to have many more open access
    dissertations and theses over time.

  • Google Scholar
  • Google Scholar allows you to search for scholarly literature across many disciplines.

    Research & Writing Resources