Parish Library


The St John Paul the Great Library contains more than 380 items. All parish members are encouraged to borrow the books and DVDs which cover a variety of theological and spiritual topics.

The StJPtG Library requires many volunteers to help it to function. Please consider volunteering as a librarian.

You can request materials to be held for you to be picked up at a later time by emailing us at


Parish Library’s Mission

The reason the library exists is to help lead people closer to Christ and His Church.  Books have played a role in many peoples’ conversions to Christ.  One recent Saint, who lived and was influenced by the same “culture of death”  which we experience today, had lost her faith in God and had consciously decided on her own to give up praying.  Years later she picked up a copy of St Teresa of Avila’s Autobiography and read it all night.  She said, “When I had finished the book, I said to myself:  This is the truth.”  Later, looking back on her life, she wrote: “My longing for truth was a single prayer.”  After reading this book in which she encountered the God of love, she devoured the catechism and a missal and attended her first Mass.  She accosted the pastor to baptize her, and very soon after,  she converted to Christianity and was baptized in the Catholic Church 1 January 1922 and later celebrated the Sacrament of  Confirmation.  She joined the Carmelite order in 1933 and died a martyr’s death in August 1942.  Pope John Paul II canonized Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) on 11 October 1998.  She was a witness to God’s presence in a world where God is eschewed.


The parish lending library is located in the front vestibule off the east entrance to SVDP church underneath the banner opposite the bathroom.

Opening Times

The library is open weekly after the 10AM Mass.  It is open after all the masses the first weekend of the month.  It also is open weekly during the hours of Adoration (Thur 5pm-Fri 5pm) for self-check out.

Self-Check-Out Procedures:

  1.  Remove the card from the pocket of the book/DVD
  2.  Under the “date” column on the card, write the date that you are taking out the item.
  3. Under the “issue” column on the card, write your name and phone number.
  4.  Place the card in the box marked “Adoration” located on top of the drop box.

Online Renewals and Reservations 

You can renew your materials you have previously checked out or request new items to be held for you to be picked up at a mutually agreed-upon time by emailing us at

Borrowing Books

Parishioners of any of the churches in the Knox-Licking Consortium of Catholic Parishes are able to borrow from the library. For our complete borrowing policies, please click here.  Policies Procedures


Our Collection

See a listing of the complete collection of items in the SJPG Library.

Click here to view by Category/Title

Click here  to view by Author (print materials only)

Categories of Available Resources
Biography/Saints Mary Eucharist Evangelism
Apologetics Church History Spirituality The Bible
Jesus Philosophy Liturgy Marriage and Family
Catechetics Vocations Morality Papal Documents
Popular DVDs Saints DVDs Documentaries

Featured Items

Render Unto Caesar by Archbishop Chaput is the Featured book for October.

Few topics in recent years have ignited as much public debate as the balance between religion and politics. Does religious thought have any place in political discourse? Do religious believers have the right to turn their values into political action? What does it truly mean to have a separation of church and state? The very heart of these important questions is here addressed by one of the leading voices on the topic, Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia.
American Catholics and other persons of goodwill are part of a struggle for our nation’s future, says Charles J. Chaput. Our choices, including our political choices, matter. Catholics need to take an active, vocal, and morally consistent role in public debate. We can’t claim to personally believe in the sanctity of the human person, and then act in our public policies as if we don’t. We can’t separate our private convictions from our public actions without diminishing both. In the words of the author, “How we act works backward on our convictions, making them stronger or smothering them under a snowfall of alibis.”
Vivid, provocative, clear, and compelling, Render unto Caesar is a call to American Catholics to serve the highest ideals of their nation by first living their Catholic faith deeply, authentically.

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa is the featured DVD for the month of October celebrating her recent canonization .

In an acclaimed film portrayal, Olivia Hussey illuminates the life story of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the selfless missionary who brought hope, love and salvation to the poorest of the poor. The movie examines the fundamental moments of Mother Teresa’s life from her childhood in Albania in the 1920s to her first calling as a nun, the decision to leave her order and live with the poorest of the poor, the vicissitudes of founding the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity, and her great work of service in Calcutta and the rest of the world.

The complete, unedited, original full-length 177 minute film never before seen on DVD.