The Randal Riede, C.F.X. Library

Our late friend and honorary alumnus, Brother Randal Riede, CFX, built a library collection of 64,000 books and 234 periodical subscriptions at the College. It has become the finest English library in all of Rome; the eminent Church historian Monsignor John Tracy Ellis publicly noted Brother’s accomplishment as have so many scholars.

Library Catalogue

Periodical Holdings

 Library Room  Reading Room

Private Collection

This is a private collection and is not open to the public. Anyone from the outside must have written permission from the Rector to use the library.

Arrangement of the Library Areas

The Main Library is located on the R level.  On this level are the Librarian’s office, the Pius XII Conference Room, the Circulation Room, 2 Reference rooms 3 rooms of stacks, a small computer lab, and the Reading room.  Three Study Rooms are located on Level 1.  The Dissertations and travel library are located in the Study Rooms.  On -1 level are located a storage room for books pre-1900 and a room for older bound periodicals.  All can be found in the Library Catalog.


The library consists of 11 rooms on two levels. On the first level there is the library office, the Pius XII Conference Room, the Circulation Room, 2 Reference Rooms, 1 lower stack room (contains books from A – BV), Copy machine room and the Reading room with current periodicals, recreational reading books and the travel library. Upstairs on the mezzanine are the bound periodicals, and 2 rooms of stacks (books from BX-Z) There are also two depositories on the ground level where older books and bound periodicals are kept.


The Pontifical North American College Libraries consists of two collections, the Randal Riede Library on the Gianicolo and the Casa Santa Maria on via del ‘Umilita.  The Randal Riede Libray contains approximately 86,000 cataloged items of books, bound periodicals and media materials. The Casa Santa Maria Library contains approximately 26,000 cataloged items of books, bound periodicals and Media Materials. Students may use materials from either library. Databases from EBSCO and JSTORE along with online subscriptions to periodicals are provided via IP addresses and are accessible by both libraries. As for collection development, faculty and students are encouraged to request books and materials for the collection. There is an online catalog accessible to all student via the internet. The Library provides open access to the students 24/7.  There is self checkout and return. The Library of Congress classification system is followed and all materials are cataloged according to LC standards and can be found in the online catalog.

The NAC library contains approximately 68,000 books. The majority of the collection is in Theology and Scripture. Faculty and students are encouraged to request books and materials for the collection.

  • Checkouts: The library has a self-checkout system. Books are checked out in the Circulation Room. Students are asked to checkout all books in case another student should need a book and ask to use it. Books are checked out for 1 month or students may set their own date.
  • Return books: Returned books go on the shelving section located on the left inside the door to the Circulation Room. The books are checked in and put away by a library clerk.
  • Overdue Books: Students will be routinely sent overdue notices for overdue books and contacted before they leave the college.
  • Reserve Books: Teachers and students may request a book or books to be reserves. Reserve shelves are to be found in the second Reference Room on shelves appropriately marked.
  • Classification: The Library of Congress, A-Z call numbers and subject headings are used to organize the collection. This library is mainly religious studies, B’s.

The OPAC (Online Public Access System), Spectrum is user friendly. Boolean searching can be done, along with subject, author, title and keyword search. The Library contains a selection of databases that are available on the library netword.


EBSCO databases, ATLA and CPLI provides periodical indexes and some full text for students.  JSTORE databases Art VI and XII provide full text to periodical articles in Philosophy, Religion and other fields.  As available, online subscriptions are replacing print subscriptions.  These are available to students via IP addresses.  Bound print volumes are cataloged and databases and online subscriptions are found on the Home page of the Library Catalog.  Students have access to a wealth of information for their studies in theology and scripture.

The library receives 225 periodical subscriptions. Current periodicals found in the reading room are not to be taken out. Back issues can be found under the shelving. Bound volumes are found on the balcony and in the stacks upstairs. Older bound volumes are in storage. Students must request to use these, all others are in open-stacks.


Library times are 24/7 as this is a house library and never closes! During Christmas and summer break the library is locked. Students may use their pass to enter.

Study Areas

Students are welcome to select a personal study area. These areas are given on a first-come base. Areas must be labeled with student’s name and library books that are left must be checked out.