300 College Park Ave
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1390 United States
The Marian Library and the gallery are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. See our online calendar for special openings and closings.
Mission, Vision, History
The Marian Library is recognized both nationally and internationally as a center for scholarship on the Blessed Virgin Mary. It serves the research needs of faculty and students of the International Marian Research Institute, the broader University of Dayton community and visitors worldwide. It also documents the diverse expressions of popular devotion to Mary, and it provides public outreach through its exhibits, tours and reference services.
Through our collections of art and nativity sets, gallery exhibits and loan programs, the Marian Library provides several channels that allow you to immerse yourself in the past, present and future of Marian art.
Exhibitions and Programs
The purpose of our Marian art exhibits is to document contemporary trends in Marian art. Which styles are being imitated? What mediums are being used? Are there new iconographical themes and features expressing contemporary developments in theology and culture? Where does Marian art go? These questions foster the joy of discovering Mary’s person and beauty.
In late summer of 1994, the Marian Library and International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton began an earnest effort to collect various contemporary cultural expressions of the Nativity scene. To date, the collection holds more than 3,600 crèches from many parts of the world, some of them on permanent display in the Marian Library’s Crèche Museum.