About the Libraries

Our Libraries

Holy Cross Libraries includes several branch libraries, and a few partners as well. The O'Callahan Science Library is located in Swords Hall; the Fenwick Music Library is housed in Fenwick Hall; Worcester Art Museum Library is in the museum on Salisbury Street (downtown Worcester); and the Rehm Library can be found in Smith Hall. The Center for Writing is housed in the Dinand Library building. 

For a full listing of what's where in the Dinand Library, including a map of our stacks, please see http://libguides.holycross.edu/dinand.

Holy Cross Libraries by the Numbers

Circulation Policies

  HC Student HC Honors HC Faculty HC Staff Consortium Students & Faculty Externs
Loan Period Full semester* Academic year* Academic year  Full semester* 28 days 28 days
Renewal Limit 5, unless hold or recall 5, unless hold or recall 5, unless hold or recall 5, unless hold or recall 5, unless hold or recall 5, unless hold or recall
Book Limit 20 50 150 10 10 10
Daily Fine $0.10** $0.10** n/a $0.10** $0.10 $0.10
Max fine per book $5.00 $5.00 n/a $5.00 $5.00 $5.00
Fine threshold $10.00 $10.00 n/a n/a $10.00 $10.00
Lost book charge $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00
Lost AV material charge $60.00 $60.00 $60.00 $60.00 $60.00 $60.00

*With the exception of musical scores, & Nevins Collection which circulate for 28 days
**System will calculate fines; however, fines will be waived when item is returned.

Consortium/Extern Borrowers:

•    Valid Consortium ID & ARC verification card required.
•    Scanning available free
•    Printing available ($.10 per page)
•    All items recalled for Reserve must be returned immediately.
•    Journals, newspapers, and reference books do not circulate to any students, externs, or consortium borrowers.
•    Fines must be paid in full in order to check out any items.

Strategic Plan & Mission 

Holy Cross Libraries Mission Statement: 

The College of the Holy Cross Libraries further the mission of the College, a Jesuit liberal arts institution, in its pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning, and research.  The Libraries support the curriculum, promote intellectual curiosity, and serve our community by providing resources, access to information, and instruction in the development of research skills.  As a central part of student life, the libraries create a welcoming and accessible integrated learning environment where diversity is embraced and respected.

Strategic Plan: 

Our Strategic Plan includes three major strategic directions: 

Teaching, Learning, and Engagement; Information Resources: Discovery and Access; and Library Environments. Within each category, we articulate goal statements and key initiatives.

Holy Cross Organizational Chart

Holy Cross Libraries Organizational Chart


Holy Cross Libraries Organizational Chart