The mission of the Mathewson Library is to provide an encouraging and inclusive environment for all students. We provide a variety of resources through which students are guided to become critical thinkers and independent learners, able to collaborate with others to seek, retrieve, evaluate and communicate information in an ever-changing technical landscape.

The Mathewson Library is a major center of student activity on Bellarmine's campus. Students gather here before and after school, during break, lunch and free periods. The library is a place to read in the soft-seating areas, study in the individual study carrels, work together at the large tables, or write, design or research using student's tablets or laptops. Wireless network access is available throughout the Library. 

Andrade Theater, the Library Classroom and the Library Conference Room allow for a versatile learning experience. Andrade Theater has 82 permanent seats and is often used for guest speakers, group and individual student presentations and other activities. The Library Classroom is used to introduce students to research assignments before they begin exploring library print and electronic resources, and the Conference Room is available for students to collaborate on group projects, prepare presentations or study together.


The Mathewson Library's collection includes approximately 17,000 books, print editions of 15 periodicals and over 250 videos (available for faculty check-out). With digital resources increasingly important for secondary and post-secondary school students, Bellarmine is proud to provide more than 20 subscription databases including those from Gale, ProQuest, Oxford University Press, JSTOR, Questia, Science News and CQ Researcher. Many of these are the same databases that students will use at the collegiate level. 

Our e-book collection, which currently numbers over 6000 titles across all academic subject areas, is a growing resource, with new acquisitions made regularly. Published by well-known reference booksellers, e-books can be accessed simultaneously by multiple students.

The aforementioned resources are included in our online catalog which students can access at school as well as off campus.

Perhaps the Library's greatest resource is its staff. They love working with students and welcome all questions, large and small. Staff members are available to help students navigate the databases, brainstorm research paper ideas and identify associated resources, find a book for academic pursuits or for pleasure reading - and more!


Information literacy is taught in collaboration with our faculty throughout the four years of high school. Students learn to distinguish reliable sources from those that are biased, inaccurate or out-of-date. By using Bellarmine's print library and growing electronic resources, students are able to access top-notch materials for all studied disciplines, and have the research skills necessary for college.



Library Staff

  • Tana Perotin

    Director of Library Services
  • Kathy Harville

    Assistant Librarian
  • Kathy Anberg

    Library Aide

Hours and Services

The Mathewson Library offers many services to both faculty and students. The Library is generally open on school days from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Fridays and other days with early dismissal. 

Services Offered To Students
  • A quiet place to read, study, think or relax
  • A catalog of over 17,000 print books and over 6000 e-books across all academic subjects. Books are available for checkout, and textbooks are available for use in the library
  • A knowledgeable, helpful and friendly library staff who provide assistance in all aspects of the library
  • Extensive list of databases available for student research, and instruction on how to use them
  • Printers, copiers and scanners
  • A classroom and conference room that may be reserved for group study or presentation practice