Library Collections

The Emerson G. Reinsch Library collection supports the University’s academic programs as well as the varied information needs of its student, faculty, staff and community users. In addition to print materials, the library provides access to a wide selection of licensed online information resources such as e-journals, article indexes and reference tools.

Marymount University is a member of the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), which allows eligible patrons to borrow materials from most of the academic libraries in the Washington, DC area. Use the MULibrary Search to find materials such as books, journals, streaming videos and DVDs owned by Marymount and other WRLC member libraries.

L&LS Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Collections

Library & Learning Services (L&LS) commits to building collections that reflect, serve, and are accessible to our users. L&LS recognizes that our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion requires intentional action to address any historic and ongoing exclusions.

Therefore, L&LS will work to:

  • Ensure that consideration of the needs of historically oppressed, underrepresented, and underserved groups is integral to collection development and management; 
  • Purposefully acquire works created by people and communities of diverse experiences and identities;
  • Update approval plans and other selection workflows to include materials from independent, small, and local publishers, as well as publishers led and owned by members of marginalized communities and from the Global South;
  • Provide resources in formats that meet the needs of users with differing abilities; 
  • Identify and challenge exclusionary practices in academic publishing and collection development;
  • Critically examine access restrictions and locations of materials in the collections to avoid de facto exclusion of historically overlooked materials and authors;
  • Ensure that resource descriptions are appropriate and respectful of diverse persons and populations;
  • Regularly review trends in our campus community and research and curricular offerings to inform collection development and management.

Print Resources

The Marymount collection consists of more than 389,000 volumes in print or electronic format. Most of the library’s print collections are housed on the main campus in the Emerson G. Reinsch Library, though there are less frequently used materials at the WRLC Shared Collections Facility as well as selected reserve materials at the Ballston Coakley Library Extension.

Online Resources

Databases: Articles, E-Books, Electronic Reference, and Streaming Media

Library & Learning Services subscribes to more than 180 online information resources with access to more than 90,000 electronic journals, streaming videos, and e-books. Marymount students, faculty, and staff can search periodicals and reference sources in the library databases from on or off campus to find full-text articles, images, videos, and more.


L&LS provides access to e-books through EBSCOhost, JSTOR, ebrary, CRCnetBASEand others. To find Electronic Books and Shared Electronic Books available to Marymount users on a topic, limit your keyword search in the MULibrary Search to MU Catalog and then select Electronic Books from the Subject filter under Refine Your Results.


Full-text access to articles in electronic journals is available through most of our database subscriptions. Search the MU E-Journal Finder to determine if a periodical is available in full text.

Electronic Reference

General reference databases include dictionaries, encyclopedias, and statistical information, and most are linked under Electronic Reference on the Articles & Databases page. Numerous subject reference works are available through the library catalog in e-book format. 

Streaming Media

Search the MULibrary Search for streaming videos on a variety of subjects, including news, plays, advertising, American history, education, nursing, psychology, and counseling. To search each platform, look for the Streaming Media tab on the Articles & Databases page.

Marymount Digital Collections

The Digital Collections consist of MU yearbooks, artifacts, and faculty and student scholarship. Access to some documents is limited to Marymount students, faculty, and staff.

Library Collections