Summer Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sa​turday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Keeping the story alive when the storytellers are no longer with us”

The Archives of the University of St. Thomas had its beginning in 1975.  A committee of alumna and friends of the University, with Eileen Yeager chairing this endeavor, met twice a week for five years, working the papers of Fr. Vincent Guinan, the first president, and other documents pertaining to the story of the University.

Today, the Archive serves as the repository of those historically valuable materials which document the origins, activities and achievements of the University.   Rows of gray boxes are filled with these documents from the president’s office, other administrative offices, departments, faculty, organizations; photographs; publications; scrapbooks, etc., which have been processed according to archival principles and made available for research purposes.

A collection of memorabilia can be found in the ‘Heritage Room’ located in the Archives.  On display can be found such items as a Hermann Miller chair; the coffee table from the Link Lee Mansion; basketball and cheerleader sweaters; the crown and scepter of the early Mardi Gras events; a 1951 class ring, just to name a few.

On display throughout the campus are photographs that tell the story of the University.  The photographic displays can be found in the following buildings:  Doherty Library, Anderson Hall, Robinson Hall, Malloy Hall, Cullen Hall, Murphy Hall, Jerabeck Activity and Athletic Center, Link Lee Mansion (first chapel).

ust archives site 

The Cardinal Beran Library is a central resource for learning and research in theological scholarship for the School of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary. Serving also as a resource for the Catholic clerical, religious and lay ecclesial ministries of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese, the library provides resources useful in enriching the academic, pastoral, spiritual and personal skills of the communities it serves.

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Did Your Professor Put Something “On Reserve” For Your Class? Wondering what that means?

At the request of a professor or an administrator, we will “reserve” particular items at the circulation desk. Reserve items have short borrowing periods (2, 4, or 24 hours, or 3 or 7 days), and high late fees ($1 per hour) to encourage their timely return. This allows a large number of patrons to borrow a single item within a brief period of time.

If your professor has put something on reserve, just ask about it at the circulation desk. We’ll need to know your professor’s name and the title of the item.


Note: If a reserve item leaves the circulation desk – even if you’re just taking it to the copier – it must be checked out to you. Reserve items follow the same user policies as other library items (see “Circulation Policies” and “Late Fees” for details). The only difference is that they have very short borrowing periods, and most reserves can’t leave the library.

More Questions about Reserves?

Contact the circulation desk staff at 713-525-2180 or email

Learn more about how Doherty Library can assist with instruction and support of teaching.

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Did you know the library has a book club and events throughout the seemster? Check out our calendar and see what's happening!

Event Calendar

Printing is available in the library for the campus community and visitors. Print jobs must be released from library computers on the first floor. Mobile printing is currently unavailable.

Black and White Prints: 5 cents per side
Color Prints: 15 cents per side

To conserve paper, print jobs default to duplex (front and back) unless changed to single-sided by the user. 

How to Print
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 detailed instructions on how to add money to your printing account and release a print job.

Refunds will not be issued for user error (typos, wrong page printed, etc.)
If a printer issue occurs during your print job (ink runs out, paper jam, etc.), library staff can reprint your job at no cost.

Questions? Contact the Reference Desk at or 713-525-2188.

You must be a current UST faculty, staff, or student with a valid UST e-mail address to submit a room reservation.

Use this guide to gain access to resources, information and research help at Doherty Library.

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The Doherty Family and the Doherty Library Grand Opening in 1972

Sons and daughter of the late Doherty dig the first shovels of dirtPresenting the key to father Braden   UST Librarian father William Sheehan

Construction on Doherty Library began on December 1, 1970, completed on July 31,  1972.  On November 14, 1972, UST president Father Patrick O. Braden dedicated the library in honor of Robert Peace and Ada Mary Doherty for their support of church, community, and education. Robert Doherty Jr., son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Doherty, for whom the library is named after, was presented a key to the library during the dedication ceremony.  The Doherty Library is centrally located on the academic mall, designed by Phillip Johnson.  The Mall features the University Chapel facing the Doherty Library, an architectural representation of the harmony between Faith and Reason.

Whether you are a student or faculty member here at the University of St. Thomas, or a visitor to the campus, you are welcome to explore the varied strengths of our library collections.

For visitors, see our library entrance policy.  With over 270,000 books and access to 75,000 periodical titles, and subscriptions to over 200 databases, the Doherty Library is a major learning resource for students, faculty and the Houston community.

We hope that you find the Doherty Library more than adequate in fulfilling your research and academic needs.

Peggy Shiffick Endowed Environmental Studies Collection

In 1996, the Peggy Shiffick Endowed Environmental Studies Collection in the Doherty Library was established to create a collection of material to support the Environmental Studies Program at the University of St. Thomas. Books purchased by this endowment are identified by a bookplate placed on the inside cover of the volumes acquired for the collection. For more information about this collection, visit:  

Sally S. Slick and William T. Slick, Jr. Endowed Collection in Business Ethics

In 1996, the Sally S. Slick and William T. Slick, Jr. Endowed Collection in Business Ethics was established to create a collection of material in the Doherty Library to support the Center for Business Ethics and the Cullen Trust Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas. Books purchased by this endowment are identified by a bookplate placed on the inside cover of the volumes acquired for the collection. The material is shelved throughout the Doherty Library collection.

L. Tuffly Ellis Collection Endowed Fund

In 1997, the L. Tuffly Ellis Collection Endowed Fund was established to support the “Ellis Collection of Texas, the South and the Southwest” in the Doherty Library at the University of St. Thomas. This collection contains more than 1,500 titles and is housed in the basement level of the Doherty Library.

Greenwood Endowment for Children’s Literature

Established in the 1970’s, the Greenwood Endowment supports the acquisition of material in children’s literature and other materials in the general areas of education and human development related to the curricula offered by the School of Education. The Greenwood Children’s Literature Collection is located in the children’s literature section of the main collection of the Doherty Library. Other material that is not children’s literature is shelved throughout the library collection.

If you would like to make a gift to the Doherty Library, please contact the Dean of Libraries:

Jim Piccininni

Doherty Library Entrance Policy

UST students, staff, faculty, alumni and ELS students must have either current UST ID or current ELS ID to be allowed access to the Doherty Library.  

Visitors who are residents of Texas without a university or college ID are required to have 2 forms of ID; a current TexShare or Friends of Doherty Library card and one of the following:

  • A government issued photo ID (State ID, Passport, or military ID)
  • Current teacher ID

Visitors from other universities or colleges are required to have two forms of ID; their current University or College ID and one of the following:

  • A government issued photo ID (State ID, Passport, or military ID)
  • Current TexShare card
  • Current Friends of the Doherty Library card
  • Current teacher ID
  • Current work ID (example: Oil Company ID such as Shell, Exxon, etc... or medical center ID)

Non-Texas residents without a current university or college ID are required to purchase a Friends of the Library Card (see tab on this page for more details).

All ID's must meet the following criteria:

  1. Current – this means they must have dates on them to prove that they are not expired
  2. Valid – only the kinds of ID’s listed above are considered valid forms of ID for entry to the library
  3. Photo – they must have a photo of the person presenting the ID.

Guest scholars (visiting professors, etc.) and school groups are welcome and are asked to email the Dean of Libraries about scheduling a visit.

Guest scholars will need a letter from a UST faculty member/administrator or their home institution that asks us to grant access to a guest.  The letter needs to state what the specific research will be and how long the guest needs to use the library.  An e-mail is sufficient, but a letter is preferred.

Family members related to UST students can be admitted to the Doherty Library whenever they are accompanied by the UST student, faculty or staff member.  Family members not accompanied by the related UST student will be required to present two of the criteria listed above.


The University of St. Thomas is proud to invite you to join The Friends of Doherty Library. Your membership is good for one year from the date your Friends card is issued.

As a member of the Doherty Friends, you will receive:

  • The satisfaction of supporting Doherty Library and the educational mission of the University of St. Thomas.
  • Your personal Doherty Library card, which provides free borrowing privileges for up to 4 books at a time from the main circulating collection. (Interlibrary loan and special collections are not included.)
  • Invitations to cultural and social events sponsored by the Friends of Doherty Library.
  • Notification of Doherty Library's annual book sale.

The Friends of Doherty Library also sponsors a program which encourages gifts in honor of special individuals and occasions and in memory of the deceased. Such gifts are lasting tributes and memorials. Special bookplates imprinted with the name of the individual being honored or remembered and of the donor are placed in the chosen books. A copy of the bookplate will be sent to the honoree or to the bereaved family.

Levels of Membership:

Benefactor $250 for 12 months
Patron $125 for 12 months
Sponsor of Doherty Library $60 for 12 months from date issued /$30 for 6 months from date issued


Doherty Library at the University of St. Thomas
James Piccininni, Dean of Libraries - (713) 525-2180
3800 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006

Doherty Library

Friends of the LibraryIn 1954, students at the University of St. Thomas demonstrated their support for the University library by forming a human chain to move the collection from its first home in the Link-Lee Mansion to Murphy Hall.

Today, the collection is housed in the Robert Pace and Ada Mary Doherty Library on the University academic mall, symbolizing the Library’s continuing centrality to the intellectual life of the University. With more than 250,000 books, access to approximately 50,000 periodical titles, and access to a variety of electronic databases, Doherty Library is a major learning resource for students, faculty and the Houston community.

Library StacksAs the University of St. Thomas continues to meet the challenges of the 21st century, the Library must expand to serve the needs of an increasingly complex society.

By becoming a member of The Friends of Doherty Library, you can play a key role in the Library's growth and development. The Friends of Doherty Library make a commitment to strengthen the Library through the giving of time, financial and in-kind support, and the maintenance of the Library as a forum for a shared interest in the world of letters.

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If you would like to make a gift to the Doherty Library, please contact the Dean of Libraries:

Jim Piccininni

2024 Summer Sessions: May 20 – August 2

Monday Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sa​turday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Changes in Library Hours

Monday, May 27: CLOSED Memorial Day
Wednesday, June 19: CLOSED Juneteenth 
Thursday, July 4: CLOSED - Independence Day
Friday, July 5: CLOSED - Independence Day

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 Doherty Library – General Use Policy

Resources at the Doherty Library are primarily intended for scholarly use.

Creating a disturbance of any kind, (including, but not limited to, loud noise, loud talking, harassment or abusive behavior toward other patrons or library staff, vandalism, carrying a weapon, smoking, inappropriate behavior, viewing pornography or sexually explicit material, inadequate personal hygiene, soliciting, unauthorized petitions or surveys, unauthorized entry to private or closed areas, unauthorized recordings, etc.) are not allowed and will result, at minimum, in your removal from the library.

For serious or repeated violation of the general use policy, you will be banned from future use of the library.

 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

 The Doherty Library will follow ADA requirements for automatic door entrances, aisle width, suitably wide doors, restroom requirements, door handles and other ADA requirements as needed in an academic library.  Specialized software and workstations will be installed at the library for the visually impaired and other ADA-related conditions as required by law.

Computer Use Policy

The library computers are primarily intended for scholarly use only. 

Viewing pornography and sexually explicit materials is prohibited for all users.  Failure to abide by this policy will result in your removal from the library and may result in being banned from the library.

The library computers are not intended for non-scholarly uses such as computer games, music videos, and excessive e-mail and chat and you may be asked to cease these activities.  Refusal to abide by this policy may result in your removal from the library, and will result in the intervention of UST Police as appropriate.

The computers in the library basement computer lab are restricted to University of St. Thomas students, faculty and staff use only.

Children in the Library

Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times while using the Doherty Library.  Children cannot be monitored and supervised by the staff; therefore the safety of unattended children cannot be guaranteed.  UST Police will be called to resolve incidents involving unsupervised children under age 14.

Cell Phone Usage in the Library

Cell phone use is permitted in the Library; however, please be respectful of your fellow library users by following these guidelines:

  • Set your phone to silent or vibrate.
  • If you must answer or make a call, please speak in a low voice and, if the call will last for more than a few minutes, exit the building.

Designated “Silent Areas” are found in the Silent Reading Room, located on the first floor, east-wing; and also the first floor west-wing book stack area.  Cell phones should not be used in these areas.

Special Accommodations

Here at Doherty library we respect each individual patron as our guest and if you have a need for a special accommodation or have a special circumstance that you would like us to be aware of please contact a librarian at the reference desk or a circulation desk manager.  If your request does not infringe on anyone else’s library use we will try to accommodate your request. 

We are always interested in hearing your comments and concerns. You can email the library Dean Jim Piccininni at

Copyright Notice

Copyright infringement may lead to serious legal and financial consequences.  Library materials may be subject to the copyright law for purpose of preservation, scholarship, or research only.  No reproduction, distribution, display, or performance is authorized.

Copies of copyrighted works should include proper attribution and copyright notices.

Additional Policies

No self-propelled or electronic vehicles are allowed to be stored in the library foyer, or anywhere inside the library.  Patrons are encouraged to use the bicycle rack located outside the front of the library to store these vehicles.  

No animals or pets are allowed in the library with an exception for patrons requiring assistance of a service animal.

Limited food and beverages for individual use are permitted.  Food and beverages for large groups are not permitted.  Exceptions may be made by the library staff in advance.

Furniture, such as arm chairs, study desks, tables, easels, whiteboards,  etc. may not be moved from their positions so that they block walkways, doorways, emergency exits, fire alarms, or anywhere that will disrupt library patrons and processes. 

Jim Piccininni ​Dean, Doherty Library and Beran LibraryJim Piccininni

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Memorial and Gift Book Program for the Doherty Library

Here is your opportunity to make a lasting gift or memorial. You can support the academic needs of the University for decades to come. Your decision to sponsor the cost of a book for the Doherty Library is a lasting, useful and very affordable donation. It will be appreciated for its thoughtfulness by both the person receiving the gift and by our library patrons. What is the cost of your generosity? A book sponsorship will cost $ 50 per hardcover book. A specific book title can be requested, but the cost to obtain a specific book will be determined on a title-by-title basis.

A sponsorship costs $ 50 per book if the library selects the book. The library will notify both the sponsor and the person receiving the gift when the sponsored book is added to the library collection. Simply mail your payment along with the sponsorship form to the Doherty Library.

If you would prefer to select a specific book for sponsorship, mail this form to the Doherty Library without payment and someone from the library will contact you about the cost. Keep in mind that only books that support the UST curriculum are acceptable.

Four easy steps to complete your sponsorship:

  • Print out the Sponsor a Book form.
  • Fill out the form.
  • Make checks payable to the “University of St. Thomas”.
  • Mail your Sponsor a Book form and your payment to:

Dean of Libraries
University of St. Thomas
Doherty Library
3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77006




Interlibrary Loan


--Individual Staff--

Ath, Rachel
Public Services Librarian

Clymer, Lieanna
Library Assistant

Coy, Sylvia
Head of Circulation

Delagarza, Ashley
Technical Services Librarian

Gregg, Audra
Weekend Circulation Supervisor

Herebia, Azalia 
Circulation Supervisor

Hess, Ariel
Weekend Reference Librarian

Keever, Kaitlyn
Electronic Resources Librarian

Kowalski, Nicholas
Collection Development Librarian

Meanley, Carolyn
Weekend Reference Librarian

Piccininni, Jim
Dean of Libraries

Sims, Tiffany
Weekend Circulation Supervisor

UST Students, Faculty, and Staff 

The TexShare library card enables current UST students, faculty, and staff to borrow books from the University of Houston, Houston Baptist University, and other participating Texas libraries (Rice University does not accept the TexShare Card). 

You may obtain a new Texshare Card at the start of the academic year at the Doherty Library’s Circulation Desk or through the online TexShare form. You must return your books to the library from which you borrowed them. If they are late, the lending library may charge you overdue fees. 

Non-UST Patrons 

Non-UST patrons can obtain a TexShare card through their participating public library or through their affiliation with a participating Texas university/college. 

Lending policies are set by each participating library. Specific policies are available at the Libraries and Catalogs link on the Texshare website here

Doherty Library Vision Statement

The Doherty Library has the strongest commitment to cultivate the life of the mind and imparting knowledge to students that will instill a love for truth and promote intellectual discipline.

Library Mission Statement

The University has the strongest commitment to the religious, moral and intellectual formation of the whole person. To support this commitment, the mission of the Doherty Library is to acquire, make readily available, and promote the use of print and electronic information resources in accordance with the diverse academic needs of the University. The library also supports teaching and research activities by providing instruction in finding, evaluating and using scholarly resources.  In all of its activities, the library will support the core values of the University: goodness, discipline, knowledge and community.

Read about our future vision here.