About the Library

About the Library

The Ryan Memorial Library supports the mission of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary by facilitating its patrons’ interaction with recorded knowledge in all its forms. It responds to the curricular, informational, and research needs of its patrons by acquiring, housing, and providing access to books, periodicals, databases, audio-visual materials, digital media, and online resources, maintaining an appropriate environment for study and learning.

It plays a key role in the students’ education by providing various platforms on which the information and collective wisdom essential for their success is stored, equipping them with the skills necessary to navigate those platforms, and assisting them in their efforts to apply those skills in their academic work. The Library also makes its resources available to priests, deacons, parish ministers, religion teachers, and interested laypersons.

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The Library's History

The collection’s origins go back to the foundation of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1832. The Library’s current Italian Renaissance-style building, with its vaulted ceiling and arched windows, opened on the Overbrook campus in 1911 and is named for Patrick J. Ryan, the second Archbishop of Philadelphia. 


Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096

Seminary entrance is located on Wynnewood Road.

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From Northern New Jersey: Take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 6 (PA Turnpike connector). Follow PA Turnpike to exit 25A (Rte. 476). Follow 476 South to exit 13 (Villanova/St. Davids) and follow Route 30 East towards Philadelphia. Continue on Route 30 for about 6-7 miles. At the traffic light, turn left onto Route 1 North. At the first traffic light (Wynnewood Rd.), make a left. The entrance to the Seminary will be on your left.

From Southern Jersey: Take the Atlantic City Expressway to either the Ben Franklin Bridge or Walt Whitman Bridge. Take Route 76 West (Schuylkill Expressway) toward Valley Forge. Take Exit 339 to City Avenue (Route 1 South). Turn right onto Wynnewood Road. The entrance to the Seminary will be on your left.

From the West: Take the PA Turnpike East (Route 76) to Exit 24 (Valley Forge). Follow Rte. 76 East, toward Philadelphia, to Exit 339 (Rt.1 & City Line Ave.) Make a right onto Rte. 1 South. At Wynnewood Road, make a right and the Seminary will be on your left.

Using Public Transportation: The library is a 10-15 minute walk from the Merion Train Station of the SEPTA R5 Paoli Regional Rail line. SEPTA bus routes 65 and 105 also stop near the campus at the corner of City Line Avenue and 63rd Avenue.

For more information regarding schedules please refer to SEPTA’s website.


June Hours

June 1 – June 10

Sunday: CLOSED
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am-4:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am-2:30 pm
Saturday: CLOSED

June 11 – June 30

Sunday: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am-8:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am-2:00 pm
Saturday: CLOSED


Contact Us

Circulation desk: (610) 785-6274
Fax: (610) 664-7913

Faculty and Staff

James Humble
Library Director
Accreditation Liaison
(610) 785-6280

Juan DeJesus
Interlibrary Loan Coordinator
(610) 785-6277

Tina Donegan
Coordinator-Information Services & Assessment
(610) 785-6281



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