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Accessing Journal Articles Online

Q. How can I find what journals are available at the Cardinal Beran Library?
A. 1) Search by Journal title in the Beran Online Catalog for holding information concerning Beran library journal holdings, located on the 2nd  floor. Ask a librarian for assistance. 2) Search our A-Z list of journals to find a journal by title. Search results in the A-Z list of journals indicate the available formats in our libraries holdings.

Q. Can I access a database from home?
A. If you are a currently enrolled student, with a UST mysthom email account, you can access the databases available through Doherty’s online resource.

Q. The serials listing says you have back issues of the National Catholic Reporter/L’Osservatore Romano, but I can’t find it. Can you help me?
A. Back issues are available on request at the front desk. The NCR is also on microfilm at Doherty Library on the main UST campus.



Frequently Asked Questions about Circulation and Finding Books

Q. Can I check out a course reserve book?
A. Yes, we allow reserve material to checkout of the library for 24 hours. Any late material accrues a $1.00 an hour late fee.

Q. Can we check out videos?
A. Yes, please inquire at the main desk.

Q. What does the status "Special Collection" mean?
A. Due to age or condition, the book is a non-circulating item. Ask at the main desk to review this item in the library.

Q. Do persons not registered in a course have check-out privileges?
A. Anyone is welcome to use our materials in the library for academic research, but borrowing privileges are limited to registered students, priests, faculty, alumni, and Friends of the Library.

Q. I’m a UST student. Can I check out a book here at the Cardinal Beran Library?
A. Yes. You need to present a current UST ID card, and obtain a Beran library card.

Q. I’m registered in a graduate program at St. Mary’s Seminary. What do I need to check out a book at UST’s Doherty Library?
A. A current UST identification card. Apply at the Office of Student Affairs, 2nd floor, Crooker Center, on the main campus. You must bring a proof of registration and photo identification. Graduate students at St. Mary's also qualify for a TexShare card through Doherty Library for use in checking out books from participating libraries (e.g. Rice University, University of Houston, etc.) For more information, call (713) 525-2141.


Copying and Printing

Equipment Support Questions 

Q. What is the cost to copy pages?
A. 5 cents per page.

Q. Where are the copy machines and printers located?
A. On the first floor of the Beran on the West side of the main desk.

Q. Will the copiers take dollar bills and coins?
A. Yes, or you can buy a pre-paid copy card at the main desk for 50 cents.



Frequently Asked Directional Reference Questions 

Q. Where are call numbers C – Z?
A. All of our C-Z Library of Congress call numbers are located on the 2nd floor of the Beran Library.

Q. Where can I find papal encyclicals?
A. We have many in our pamphlet collection. Look in the boxes located next to the reference desk, ask a librarian for help, too. The pamphlet collection is indexed in the Beran Catalog.  You can also access many through the Vatican website at

Q. Can we check out pamphlets?
A. Most pamphlets can be checked out. One page pamphlets or small brochures can be copied.

Q. Where is the MLA Style Book?
A. In the reference room.

Q. Can you recommend a good basic Bible commentary?
A. You may wish to start with Collegeville Bible Commentary (REF BS 491.2 .C66 1989 ), The New Jerome Biblical Commentary (REF BS 491.2 .N485 1990), Nelson’s New Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture (REF BS 491.2 .N48) or The New Interpreter’s Bible (REF BS 491.2 .N484 1994).

Q. Where can I get basic information on a particular saint?
A. Butler’s Lives of the Saints (REF BX 4654 .B8 1995)

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