Founders Day – Library

Support students across all majors and disciplines through library resources

Goal: 4,000

The Abbot Vincent Taylor Library provides the Abbey community with the necessary access to a wide range of critical research. Currently, the library offers more than 150,000 print books, 400,000 e-books, and over 100 databases, as well as tools such as Alexandria and OneSearch allowing our students to access documents from across the world!

The Abbot Vincent Taylor Library has over 13,000 rare books and manuscripts, among which are theological, historical, and literary works chosen by the first monks of Belmont Abbey, during their study in Rome.

Last years Founders’ day funds purchased two display cases to hold some of the 189 signed first editions donated by Dr. Sammy Oxendine ’66, including Toni Morrison’s Jazz and Walker Percy’s The Thanatos Syndrome.

This Founders’ Day,  you can enable the library to construct a partition with a locking door around the rare books collection so that the curator can work securely within the area. Your gift can also help to refurbish a downstairs room to add much-requested study space.

Make a gift to The Abbot Vincent Taylor Library Today!

And, as a special thank you for a donation of $25 or more during the Founders’ Day Challenge, we will send you a Tiny Saint Benedict keychain as well as a bracelet featuring Saint Benedict’s medal.

Recent Donations

“I was lucky enough to be a work study at the library. It was such a great experience as it gave me time to learn the library procedures and become a more independent student and researcher. I’m so thankful for the library staff especially; they are truly the best!”

Annie Beauregard

“The library is the soul of any college or university. Students and faculty cycle through the years, but the library is the enduring center for learning and research. My intellectual journey has taken me to libraries across the United States and France, but my intellectual formation began at Belmont Abbey College and particularly in the Abbot Vincent Taylor Library, which I am pleased to support and hope you will as well.”

Michael P. Fitzsimmons ‘ 71