Carmelitana Collection


A Specialized Library in Carmelite Studies

Accessing the Collection

The Carmelitana Collection is a private Library belonging to the Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary and is located at Whitefriars Hall in Washington D.C.  The library is not open to the public, but we do welcome scholars and serious students who wish to do research in our Collection.  The library is available by appointment.  Please call (202) 526 1221 and ask to speak to the Librarian, Ms. Patricia O’Callaghan, or to the Director, Fr. Patrick McMahon, O.Carm., and they will be happy to set up an appointment with you.  Should you reach the electronic answering device, dial extension 204 and leave a message on the library voice mail.  Also, feel free to e-mail the librarian for appointments and with research questions.  The staff is always enthusiastic to help with studies pertinent to our Collection.

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Most people wishing to borrow from our collection never actually come to Whitefriars Hall.  The Carmelitana Collection is not a circulating library and does not loan books out.  However we are a member of OCLC and as such lend out most of the books through inter-library loan.  You can speak to your local library about their borrowing a book from our Collection for your use.  Such books must always be used in the borrowing library and are not available to be taken from the borrowing library.  Also, our rare books are never loaned out.  Any library which is a member of OCLC can search our database to find our holdings.  We are working to get our updated catalogue on the web in the not too distant future.

While our rare books are not loaned out, we have digital copies of several of them and are often willing to have digital copies made.  Such digital copies also may be borrowed from our Collection under conditions laid down by the librarian.


Searching the Collection

The full online catalog is currently down for maintenance. However, you may search our earliest materials on Library Thing.

To find the latest journal articles in Carmelite studies, try this feed: Search run daily against records in Academic Search Premier, ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, Catholic Periodical and Literature Index, Humanities International Complete, Literary Reference Center, MLA Directory of Periodicals, MLA International Bibliography, New Testament Abstracts, and Old Testament Abstracts.

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** Take note of the Journal which the article is in, and use it to search our catalog, or browse through WorldCat for holdings in your local library.