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About the Libraries

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.

Dinand 2020: 

In Fall 2013, the Dinand 2020 Committee was asked to envision a future Dinand Library that would not only support current and future pedagogical needs, but that would reaffirm the active and critical role Dinand plays in our pursuit of academic excellence. Based on input gathered from faculty members, students, staff, administrators, architects, designers, librarians at other colleges and universities, and research on innovative library and learning spaces, this report offers a vision of Dinand 2020, outlines a handful of concrete projects, establishes the theoretical and pedagogical rationale for our vision, and recommends the next steps for carrying this work forward.

In our vision of the library of the future, Dinand 2020 will become a coveted destination for students and faculty to engage and acquire knowledge for learning, teaching and research. It will be a dynamic place where all information necessary for these endeavors will be centrally located from anywhere on campus. The library will offer a technology-rich landscape, diverse individual and group study space configurations, access to programs, services and resources designed to support a range of intellectual activities, and a combination of traditional and playful elements that connect us to our history and inspire creativity. Dinand 2020 will become the intellectual nucleus of the college and a vibrant space for research and learning at every level. It will celebrate and highlight academic success, with exciting spaces and technology, expert staff and resources, and a clear dedication to the pedagogy of higher education in the 21st century. Read the Dinand 2020 report 

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); Visual Arts Resources is located in O'Kane Hall; and the Rehm Library can be found in Smith Hall. Our partners, in the Dinand Library building, include Educational Technology, the Center for Teaching, and Writer's Workshop. And added to our teaching and learning services on the second floor, we are excited to welcome Academic Services & Learning Resources. They will be a new partner in the library in Fall 2014. 

For a full listing of what's where in the Dinand Library, including a map of our stacks, please see

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 n/a $0.10 $0.10
Max fine per book $5.00 $5.00 n/a n/a $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, which circulate for 28 days 

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.


Organization Chart​

Current organization chart