University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469
Founded by the Marianists of the University of Dayton as an expression of the Marian character of their religious family, the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute has the worldwide mission to make the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, better known, loved and served. The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute serves the UD campus community, the Marianist family at large, and the Church here and abroad. Faithful to the teaching of the Catholic Church and international in its scope and organization, it has a primary commitment to foster sound Marian doctrine as the basis for sound Marian devotion. This global scholarly and pastoral mission is fulfilled through the operation of its academic program, library, gallery, museum, as well as through research, publication, speaking engagements, and various other forms of outreach, both actual and virtual.
The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute continues to develop itself as one of the world’s premier Marian teaching, information, and research center. It strives to be a unique strategic asset for the maintenance and strengthening of the Catholic and Marianist character of the University of Dayton, as the university carries out its mission to connect scholarship and learning with leadership and service to the world. The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute extends itself locally, nationally, and internationally in scholarly and pastoral service to the Marianist Family and the Church.
The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute encourages the creation of Marian and religious art locally, nationally, and internationally. By collecting art and artifactual materials that reflect the religious beliefs and Marian devotion of people of many different ethnicities and cultures and from various times in the Church, it seeks to provide resources for a broad and interdisciplinary spectrum of Marian studies and scholarship. In recognition of the power art has to communicate beyond words, an art gallery and a crèche museum were inaugurated and are actively maintained. Traveling art exhibits are prepared and offered for loan.