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Thank You

The Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library is pleased to serve you!  We believe that the Library is truly a collaborative effort and this includes direct input from our clients.  We welcome ideas, suggestions, compliments and criticisms. If you have an issue to discuss, please ask to speak to the Librarian on duty. We hope you will find our collection useful and helpful in your pursuit of knowledge.

Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library

3535 Indian Trail

Orchard Lake, MI 48324

Phone: 248-392-9963

Fax: 248-683-0526


Used Book Sale

The Library accepts book donations of all subject areas. Books that are duplicates or materials pertaining to subjects not covered by our collection development policy are offered for sale on the Used Book Sale shelves. Hardcover: $1.00. Paperback: .50. All proceeds from the book sales go towards the support of the Library.


Quiet, Please!

Please be respectful of your neighbor, and try to keep voices low.   While the Library is the heart of the campus, please understand that many students and faculty use this space for study and reflection.


Miscellaneous Library Services

Book Orders: Suggestions for Library purchases are always welcomed. Ask for an order suggestion form at the Circulation desk or use our online form – Submit a Request Form

When You Can’t Locate Your Material: Notify a Library staff member at the circulation desk, if you cannot find the resource you need.

Printing & Photocopies: Printing is $.10/page.  Black & White photocopies are available for $.10/page & $.25/page for color copies.

Computer Access: The Library has Wi-Fi accessibility throughout the first floor.  All eligible students, staff, alumni and guests are welcome to use the Reference computers.  Denial of access is completely within the rights of the Librarian on duty.  The Library uses monitoring software and utilizes CIPA approved filters.  Downloading is unauthorized and can lead to loss of Library privileges.


Materials from Other Libraries

Consortia Libraries accept the current seminary I.D. card for borrowing materials. See Eligibility for Library Usage.

ILL (Inter-Library Loans) are available for materials not available in our collection. Some institutions charge for this service, and any fees are paid by the borrower. Forms for this service are available at the circulation desk.  You may also access the form electronically, through the Library website:  Interlibrary Loan

Infopass forms are available for Seminary students and faculty at the circulation desk. The Infopass is issued for use in borrowing books at participating libraries when materials are not available at Library. It is the borrower’s responsibility to return materials to the Library where items are borrowed and to pay any fees or fines incurred. Most Infopasses are issued for use at many research institutions.  Ask a Librarian for details!  Great for college research!


Additional References

The Library orders materials that complement specific concentrations of study offered at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary and St. Mary’s Preparatory. We have extensive materials available on topics in theology and philosophy

Ask the Librarian for assistance in locating reference materials such as discipline specific encyclopedias, periodical guides and other related materials.


Database Resources

ATLA RELIGION: This full-text database supports religious and theological scholarship in graduate education and faculty research. It covers all aspects of world religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism. Islam, and Judaism.

CPLI RELIGION: This service supports religious and theological scholarship in graduate education and faculty research. it is the computerized version of the Catholic Periodical and Literature Index.

Log in from the Library computers to access these databases.

MICHIGAN e-LIBRARY: The Michigan e-Library (MeL) is an anywhere, anytime information gateway to selected internet resources, full-text periodicals (which includes America, National Catholic Reporter and U. S. Catholic) and audio and electronic books. It is free and available to any Michigan resident and to participating students.

COMING SOON: The Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library will soon be participating in MeLCat, a material delivery service.  Order materials from your home and have them delivered here for quick access!  Ask a Librarian for more details!


Special Collections

Audio-Visual Materials

Students, faculty, and staff may borrow audio-visual materials for a four-week period, with the exception of videos and DVDs. If a student requires an audio-visual item for a classroom presentation, arrangements may be made through an instructor. Students may check out videos or DVDs on Fridays.  They must be returned by the following Monday by noon. Failure to return videos or DVDs on time results in a $1.00 fine per title per day.

Polish Language Collection

The Library has over 10,000 volumes of books, fiction and non-fiction, reference material and journals that are in the Polish language.

Rare Books

This collection includes all Polish books published prior to 1945, books signed by well known authors, and books that are determined to be rare by virtue of their scarcity, age or value.  These books can be used in the Library only. An I.D. is required to be held by the Library staff until the patron is finished with the book.


Using the Catalog

Before you begin your research, please take a minute to acquaint yourself with the home page of the Library catalog. Below the Search box, you will find a short description of some Boolean searches.  Try them out and find the search strategy that works best for you.

All materials are searchable through the on-line catalog by author, title, subject or key word.  If you need assistance in your search, please do not hesitate to ask the Library staff.

The catalog is accessible after Library hours via the Library website: then select Library Catalog from the right hand frame.  Voila!  Let the search begin!

The on-line catalog has several features that are helpful.  On the homepage, please note the 6 tabs.  They allow you to see what’s new in the collection, manage your account and give you access to the ALTA and CPI databases.  These features will save you time, allow you to renew certain Library items and take control of your research.  If you would like a quick tutorial, please ask any of the Library staff.


Resources Available

The Library has a collection of approximately 94,000 books, 150 current periodical subscriptions, and 20.000 microfiche. In addition to the vast range of subject material available in print. the Library offers students a variety of VHS tapes, DVDs,  audio tapes, and CDs. The audio/video materials offered are complementary to the course offerings at the seminary.

Note: Periodicals are treated as reference materials and may not be removed from the building.