The collection’s holdings range from rare early editions of the works of such Carmelite Authors as Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and Baptist of Mantua to audio tapes of such modern experts on spirituality as Margaret Dornan, Robert Morneau, and Patrick Ahern. For those who are publishing books, designing web pages, or otherwise advancing Carmelitana through various publications media, the collection has in its possession several hundred electronic files containing photographs of Carmelite art and architecture by the late Father Riccardo Palazzi, O.Carm. Video editions of popular and critically acclaimed films such as Au Revoir les Enfants, Teresa de Jesus, and Therese, as well as video-taped conferences by various scholars such as Kevin Culligan, O.C.D., Constance FitzGerald, O.C.D., and John Russell, O.Carm. can be viewed in the library’s media center.
The Collection holds rare materials on the late sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Discalced Carmelite theologians of the University of Salamanca, as well as a copy of the Order’s 1737 Bullarium and the 1507 and 1680 Specula. The post-Trent liturgical books are represented in the collection, while microfilms give users access to medieval manuscripts and archival materials held in European collections. The Collection also maintains a large assembly of periodicals published by various branches of the Carmelite family around the world.