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Archbishop Alter Library
Mount St. Joseph University
5701 Delhi Road
Cincinnati, OH 45233

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About the MSJ Library

MSJ Library exteriorGreetings from the Archbishop Alter Library! We want to welcome you and encourage you to become acquainted with all that our library has to offer. The library is here to serve you by providing access to resources and services to support your educational and research needs.

If you need any assistance—whether you need to find books and articles, search databases, start an assignment, or learn how to cite sources correctly—the library staff is ready and willing to help you. More information about all the resources and services the library offers is available on this web site. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for on these pages, please contact the library by email ( or phone (513-244-4216)  for assistance.

Library Facilities

The Archbishop Alter Library is located on the north side of campus, near the circle driveway accessible from Delhi Road. Upon entering the Library, patrons will find the circulation desk where they can ask questions, check out materials, and request assistance from Library staff. The Library Lobby also provides access to computers and group study areas.

Adjacent to the Lobby is the WPS Starbucks Café, where patrons can order coffee and other hot and cold drinks. Salads and sandwiches are also available for purchase, as well as a variety of snack items.

From the Lobby, patrons can access the Reading Room, a large, quiet, comfortable study area with additional computers and wireless internet access. The Reading Room also houses the Library’s print reference collection. Inside the Reading Room patrons can also access the Group Study Room, which is available for group study, meetings, and events.

The Library’s circulating book collection is housed on the second and third floors of the library. Quiet study areas and additional computer workstations are also accessible on both floors. Elevator access to the upper floors is available from the first-floor Reading Room.

Mission Statement

The Mount St. Joseph Library is an active partner in the education process, providing access to resources to serve the educational and information needs of students, faculty, and staff of the University. The Library supports this partnership by collecting, organizing, and housing information with the widest diversity and balance of views in a variety of formats, by offering access to and delivery of information through technological networks, and by teaching its patrons to locate and evaluate appropriate information no matter where it is found.