After more than two years of planning for the integration of Woodstock Theological Library collections with other Lauinger holdings, the Woodstock Library space is now closed and materials are being re-shelved.
Although Woodstock's physical space is closed, all titles previously housed in Woodstock Library remain available to the Georgetown University community and visiting scholars.
All former Woodstock titles are searchable through HoyaSearch. Because some titles are still in transition to their permanent shelving location, we encourage you to use HoyaSearch’s request function to get access to the titles you seek. Library staff will find the item(s) you have requested and send you an email when the item(s) are ready for pick up at your selected service desk.
For more information about the transition and history of the Woodstock Theological Library, please refer to this 2020 article.
Note: Former Woodstock Theological Library Director Leon Hooper, S.J., retired January 13, 2023 after 19 years at Georgetown.
Through the end of 2023 academic year, Adrian Vaagenes, the former Woodstock Digital & Archival Services Librarian, will provide instruction and research services related to theology and religious studies. Ryan Johnson, Head of Research Services, will serve during this time as the collections liaison to faculty and students in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.
The Woodstock Theological Library was a religious studies, theological, biblical studies, and special collections library. Formerly located on the lower level of Georgetown University's Lauinger Library, Woodstock began its life as the library for Woodstock College (1869–1974), a Jesuit seminary outside of Baltimore. It was one of the premier Catholic libraries in America, with a rare bible and theological collection that rivaled any such library.
In addition to its circulating, reference, and rare book collections, Woodstock was also home to the Woodstock College Archives, the John Courtney Murray Collection, the Diaries of Teilhard de Chardin, and the personal papers of a number of other Jesuits. These and other rare materials are now managed by the Booth Family Center for Special Collections.