• How do I borrow books from the library?

    Catholic University students, faculty, faculty associates, and staff members with a current Cardinal Card (Catholic University ID) may borrow books from Catholic University libraries, and the WRLC partner libraries. You must present your Cardinal Card at the circulation desk to borrow circulating items.

  • How do I manage my renewals and fines?

    Through My Library Account, you can renew your checked out items and monitor your fines. Most items may be renewed three times.

  • How do I pay for photocopying in the library?

    Current students, staff and faculty do not need to buy separate copy cards. Because the copy machines are programmed for Cardinal Cash, you can simply add value to your Cardinal Card (your Catholic University ID). You may add to your Cardinal Cash account online using a credit card, or use cash at one of our two add-value stations. Our add-value stations are located on the second floor of Mullen Library. Our add-value stations only accept one, five, ten and twenty dollar bills.

    Visiting researchers may purchase copy cards at our add-value stations. Blank cards cost $1.00; be sure to re-insert your blank card into the add-value station to claim your remaining value (if you inserted more than $1.00) or add more value.
  • How do I determine what software is on the public computers in the Library?

    The desktop computers located throughout the library are for research purposes only. From them, you can use various browsers to connect to the Internet and you can search the online library catalog. No other software is loaded on them.

    However, wireless laptops, available for borrowing at the circulation desk, may be used for word processing as well as research. Programs loaded on the laptops include: Microsoft Office Suite 2010 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Frontpage), internet browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer), WinDVD (for watching DVDs) and Trillian (for chat).

    Several reading and writing technologies, which enhance access to information for students with disabilities and also help students with visual impairments type and edit their own documents, are available at a designated workstation in Mullen Library. For more information please see Assistive Technologies.
  • How do I add the library printer to my laptop?

    Instructions for adding a library printer to your laptop are available at Adding a Library Printer to Your Laptop.
  • How do I access databases, e-books, or e-journals if I'm off campus?


    To use article databases, go to the University Libraries homepage. Select the tab marked Databases, locate the database you wish to access, and click on the title. Then, enter your Catholic University Network login to access.


    1. Go to the library homepage and select the "Books" search tab. Type in some terms or a book title, then click "Search."
    2. On the left side of the screen, click on "Available online" in the "Availability" section.

      Available Online link in Primo

    3. Click on any title you want to view, then click on the link(s) under "View Online - Full text availability."

      View Online button screenshot

    4. Then you need to enter your Catholic University Network login to access. Please see our Ebooks Guide for more information.


    1. Go to the library homepage and select the "Articles" search tab. Then click the "Journal Title Search" button below the search bar.

      Libraries homepage Article and Journal Title search buttons screenshot

    2. At the top of the next screen, click on "Sign In" and enter your Catholic University Network username and password. 

      Journal search Sign In button screenshot

    3. Enter the journal title or ISSN into the search bar to find a specific journal, or select a category on the left to browse journals by discipline.

      Journal search by title or category screenshot

    4. If searching for a journal by name, click "Available online" in the "Availability" section to filter for only titles available online.

      Available Online filter in Primo screenshot

    5. If browsing journals by category, look for the green "Available Online" text in each journal listing.

      Journal title listing "Available Online" indicator in results list screenshot

    6. Click on any title you want to view, then click on the link(s) under "View Online - Full text availability."

      Journal listing "Full Text Availability" options screenshot

  • How do I locate and borrow dissertations and theses written at Catholic University?


    •    Locations and call numbers for dissertations and masters theses can be found in SearchBox.

    •    Electronic copies of dissertations dated after 1996 are available to the Catholic University community through ProQuest Dissertations + Theses Global, formerly Dissertation Abstracts International, a subscription database searchable by title, author, school, area of study, and more. The full-text (pdf) link in a dissertation record indicates its electronic availability.

    •    Many dissertations dated after 2011 may also be found in our institutional repository in Digital Collections.

    Borrowing / Purchasing a Digital Copy

    •    Dissertations and theses circulate to Catholic University borrowers with valid, updated library privileges, including students from other Washington Research Libraries Consortium (WRLC) schools.

    •    Dissertations and theses dated before 1962 may be requested through interlibrary loan by persons not affiliated with Catholic University or WRLC. Contact your local public, academic, or business library to submit an interlibrary loan request.

    If a copy is unavailable for loan from the general collections and the customer would like to purchase a copy of the thesis or dissertation, the following reproduction fees apply

           •   Electronic copy (pdf of printed thesis or dissertation)
               $10.00 per item: 1-50 scans
               $15.00 per item: 51-150 scans
               $20.00 per item: 151-250 scans
               $25.00 per item: 251-350 scans
               $30.00 per item: 351 or more scans
           •   Unbound print or electronic copy (pdf) from microfilm: $75.00 

    IFLA vouchers are accepted for international requests and will be quoted upon request.

    •    We do not copy or lend Catholic University dissertations dated after 1962, because these dissertations are available for purchase through ProQuest Dissertation Express.