Oscar C. Schorp Library


In fiscal year 2006, the average cost of any book purchased was $27.80. Scholarly books and audiovisual materials tend to cost more.  Keep this in mind when you borrow materials since you are personally responsible for returning them in good condition.  Before you leave the seminary, and prior to summer vacation, you will need to return all borrowed materials and pay for any materials which are lost or damaged.

Materials placed on reserve by faculty are to be treated as reference materials. The reserve material must be returned to the reserve shelf within 2 hours so others may have access. Only videotapes placed on reserve may be taken from the library facility for viewing.  However, these must be returned the same day or the morning of the following day.

The rare book room is kept locked. It is only available for use while the staff is present in their offices. These books are irreplaceable and may not be accessed except in the rare book room itself.  Ask one of the staff if you would like to access these materials and let a librarian know when you plan to vacate the room.

Requests for materials that are not in our collection are handled by the Library Director. There may be a delay of two weeks or more to receive any material ordered so take that into consideration before making an interlibrary loan request.  Also, there may be a fee of up to $5.00 per item to reimburse the expenses of the lending library. Returning an interlibrary loan item late will also result in additional fees. Moreover, in order to submit an interlibrary loan request, you must not have any overdue materials charged against your name.


There is one photocopier located in the copy room in the periodicals area of the library.  The copier uses silver coins and dollar bills.  Copies are ten cents each. Pennies, dollar coins, half dollars and foreign coins will jam the machine.  You may see the library director for change or assistance in using the machine.  


There are 36 study carrels in the library which may be reserved for a period of one academic year by any registered student.  These are located in the periodicals area of the library. To reserve a study carrel, please see the periodicals librarian.  Bound periodicals may be placed on study carrels on the shelf so they are visible to the library staff. Books left in the carrels must have been checked out first. Reference materials, current periodicals,reserve books, and audiovisual materials may never be left in the carrels. Study tables may be used for private study also but may not be reserved for longer than one day.  Leave your name on the table.  Be sure that all books left on a study table have been checked out first. Any items not checked out will be shelved


The study rooms are designed for use by small groups on a temporary basis. Only study carrels or tables may be used by individuals.  Study rooms are kept locked and may be opened by library staff at the request of students. Any materials left in study rooms may be removed by the library staff without notification. Please keep study room furniture in order and place all trash in the can located inside before vacating the room.

All computers in the library use the login croom and the password vincent.The library computer located at the reference and circulation desk are to be used for searching library holdings only.  The computer located on the floor in the periodicals area is used to search periodical databases. Computers in the computer lab are designed for word processing or searching loaded compact disks. Attempting to use any of these computers beyond their specified purpose could cause problems for you and the next person who needs to use them. Ask for assistance if you encounter a problem using any of the library's computers.
In order to use the printers in the computer lab you need to provide your own paper or purchase a package of 500 sheets for $3 from the library director.  If a printer cartridge needs to be replaced or you encounter any problems with printing, please see one of the library staff. The microform reader/printer accepts dimes only for ten cent copies.  The machine does not make change.

The telephone located on the library circulation desk is available primarily as an emergency phone.  Please do not use it for your personal phone calls.  If you need to use it, please be sure to speak quietly and for a short duration.

Map of Library

Click here to download the map of the Library.


Blue section is General collection

Orange section is Reference

Green section is Periodicals

Pink section is Audiovisual

A= Main entrance

B= West entrance

C= Circulation desk

D= Staff offices

E= Rare book room

F= Restrooms

Access to individual online journals
Australian E-Journal of Theology

Health Progress


Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies

National Catholic Reporter

Quodlibet Journal of Christian Theology and Philosophy


The Saint Anselm Journal


Additional resources are available online with password authentication. All registered students and faculty may obtain this information from the Library Director.


The newest structure at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary is the Library & Administration building on the far north end of the campus. If you've been to the campus, you have undoubtedly seen this building. It is a wonderful addition and a significant resource.

However, not many know who made this campus addition possible. The late Mr. Oscar C. Schorp, who passed away in August of 1992, bequeathed the majority of his estate to the seminary. This bequest made it possible for the seminary to build this facility, which not only houses our library and computer center, but administrative offices, as well.

The new library was dedicated in February 1996 by the Most Reverend John C. Favalora, Archbishop of Miami. The collection and furnishings were moved into the new facility in May 1996 and the new library was ready for use upon the commencement of the fall semester, August 1996. Since occupying the new library, more than 16,000 volumes have been added and it is anticipated that there will be sufficient space for approximately 25 years of uninterrupted collection development.

The collection currently consists of over 75,000 volumes, including 13,000 bound periodicals, 1,200 audiovisuals and 26 computer databases. The collection is currently housed within 17,500 square feet of the new building, excluding office and storage space.

The architect was Spillis, Candela and Associates of Coral Gables and the contractor was Rick Mouw of Delray Beach. The former library has been renovated into office and classroom space.

The principal focus of collection development is in the area of graduate level theology and philosophy, in English and in Spanish, in all available media, which supports the primary mission of the Seminary- the training of Roman Catholic priests in a bilingual-multicultural program and environment.

SVDP Financial Aid

Financial aid for seminarians is usually provided through the vocations office of his respective diocese. St Vincent de Paul Seminary participates in the Direct Loan program.   A financial statement must be submitted and a needs analysis is made by the Federal Student Aid Processor (FAFSA).

To qualify for a student loan, a student must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis. E mail finaid@svdp.edu for more information.

Students new to the Direct Loan program must complete entrance counseling athttp://www.dl.ed.gov    then apply for a loan at http://www.dlenote.ed.gov.  Repayment of loans begins six months after graduation, withdrawal or dropping below half time.

The seminary recommends that seminarians receive counseling from their Ordinary or Vocation Director prior to applying for a student loan. The seminary also recommends that students do not apply for loans exceeding $4,000 per academic year, bearing in mind the earning potential of a diocesan priest and his ability to repay.

AnchorFormer Librarians

Carey Leonard 1963-1965
Leslie W. Sheridan 1965-1972
Charles F. Quinn 1972-1974
James Maney III 1974-1979
Rev. John A. Crowley 1979-1983
Brother Frank Mazsick 1983-1987
José L. Romo 1988-1996

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