Borrowing Privileges

The Library is open to the public. Visitors should identify themselves at the Seminary entrance as library patrons and sign in at the circulation desk when they arrive.


To borrow up to five (5) items at a time, a patron must have a library card, which can be obtained at the circulation desk. Library cards are provided without charge to members of the following groups:

  1. Catholic priests, deacons, and religious brothers and sisters within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  2. Graduates of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary who have received a B.A., M.A., or M.Div.
  3. Persons employed by the Central Offices of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  4. Faculty and students of TCLC or SEPTLA institutions with appropriate identification and/or letter of introduction

Patrons who don't fall into one of the categories above may purchase one of two membership options:

  • $15.00 for six months
  • $25.00 for a year

Please note that the library accepts cash and checks, but cannot process credit cards at this time.