Welcome to the Canizaro Library

History and Future

Named for a prominent donor to Ave Maria University and opened in August of 2007, Canizaro Library is a state-of-the-art facility currently holding over 215,000 volumes and designed for a future capacity of 400,000.  Our Theology and Philosophy collections are particularly strong, with excellent selections for each of the majors, new and old, that the University offers.  We also offer access to over 100 online academic journals, with scientific journals being especially well represented.  Our audiovisual collection features everything from CDs of Classical Music to recordings of the Great Courses series to DVDs of movies.  In Spring 2014 we migrated to a new catalog, WorldCat Local, in order to improve the accessibility of the library’s resources.

Academic Features

In addition to the traditional Circulation and Reference desks staffed by knowledgeable staff, the Library also has computer workstations and wireless Internet access available for student use on both the first and second floors.  Our second floor computer lab features our Language Learning Center, which has rapidly become an integral part of the educational resources at AMU.  Not only does it provide educational technology in support of the university classes in Latin, Greek, Spanish, French, and Italian, but our Rosetta Stone language program also provides access to Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, German, Modern Greek, and Russian.

Study space is also an important factor in the library, as there is seating for 375 throughout the building, with study spaces ranging in size from single-person desks to tables for four or even six.  For group-study projects, we have several study rooms available for use, in addition to the several general classrooms located on the first and second floors.

The reference desk, open five days a week, provides assistance in locating materials for research papers as well as aid in citing those materials.  For further help, the Library is home to the University’s Writing Center, where faculty and trained tutors are available to lend assistance with various writing assignments.  If materials that the Library does not own are needed by faculty or students, interlibrary loans are available.  For quick assistance, the Library also has Ask a Librarian, Florida’s Virtual Reference Service, available online 24/7.

Special Collections

Besides our large General Collection, the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections houses print and manuscript documents, fine bindings, archives, and artwork, with the books alone totaling about 10,000 volumes.  Our largest collection, Catholic Americana, contains 8,000 volumes, on topics ranging from the history of local churches within the U.S. to selections of anti-Catholic literature from the past two centuries.  Selected volumes from this collection are in a themed display that is changed on a monthly basis, located on the first floor.  Other collections include, among others, our Rare Books Collection, which contains such items as sixty original leaves from famous and rare Bibles and Testaments, dating from the Twelfth to the Twentieth Century; our Natural Family Planning Collection, which includes about 1000 volumes on topics such as marriage and morality, and over 100 boxes of original materials, such as correspondence of the pioneers in the NFP movement in the United States and abroad; and the John Henry Newman and the Oxford Movement Collection, which features books pertaining to the Oxford movement as well as manuscript letters by Newman.  Most items from these collections are available for viewing, upon request, in our Rare Books Reading Room, located on the second floor.

Artwork and Displays

The Library also features various works of art from Tom Monaghan’s personal collection, with some available for purchase, as well as works by Karen Laub-Novak and other donations.  There are also special exhibitions each semester, with past exhibitions including the Frank Lloyd Wright Wasmuth Portfolio Lithographs, professional photographs of Márton Váró’s creation of the Annunciation Sculpture, and the Bolshoi Ballet in Still Photography.  In addition, we also have a Featured Faculty Publications display located on the first floor, in which we show a small sampling of the recent publications which our faculty have either directly authored or to which they have contributed.

Founders Walls

Panels featuring names of the Originating Founders, and the first 20,000 donors to the University