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Welcome to our library

The Diocese of Maitland Newcastle Library (DoMN Library) provides faith-based resources to support those in our diocese engaged in Religious Education, Worship and Prayer, Formation and Education, Mission and Outreach, Leadership and Structure, academic study and personal development.

The DOMN library officially opened at the end of May 2024. 
This space is open 3 days a week and is located on the corner of Tudor Street and Parry Street, Newcastle West. 

Opening Hours:
Monday: 10am-6pm 
Friday: 10am-6pm 
Saturday: 10am-2pm. 

Read more below about this space and see our upcoming events!

The library aims to provides quality resources relating to subjects including Religious Education, Scripture, Theology, Liturgy, Ecclesiology, Church History, Spirituality, Ministry and Ethics to support the teaching, learning and research activities of all in the diocese.

An important dimension of the library is to assist those undertaking academic study offered through the diocese with resources and research skills. Resources in the subject of Catholic faith and life are also available to support individuals, catechists, pastoral workers and the wider community.

At present, the DoMN Library’s physical resources (books, print journals) are held off-site. All resources (print and electronic) are available to borrow; and are searchable on the library catalogue, which can be accessed through the Library link below.

Please browse the catalogue to request an item or enjoy our electronic resources including; eBooks, Religion and Philosophy database, and subscriptions including La Croix and The Tablet from a distance!

Upcoming events

August 2024

  • Story Time - 2nd August at 10:15am
    Register Here

  • Formation Friday: The Heart of Pilgrimage - 2nd August at 1pm
    Register Here

  • Formation Films: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - 3rd August at 11am
    Register Here


September 2024

Cultural Advice

The DoMN Library acknowledges First Australian peoples as the Traditional Custodians of this country and their continued connection to land, sea, and culture.  We pay respect to the resilience and strength of Ancestors and Elders past, present, and emerging and extend respect to all First Australian peoples. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are advised that this website may contain images, voices and videos of deceased persons. Users are warned that there may be words and descriptions that may be culturally sensitive and which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts. Terms and annotations that reflect the attitude of the author or the period in which the item was written, may be considered inappropriate today.

Membership

Register for Membership

Not yet a DoMN Library member? Membership is free for those actively involved in the Maitland Newcastle Diocese.

To register click on REGISTER toward the top right-hand corner of the LIBRARY CATALOGUE.

Ensure all fields on the form are completed so that your membership can be processed promptly:

  • provide a current email address – most communications, such as reminder notices, are system-generated email messages,
  • area of involvement – please select the category that best suits you.

You will receive an email to advise that your account has been created.

Please contact the Library if you encounter any problems.

E: domnlibrary@mn.catholic.org.au  P: 0409 033 449

Book Club

The DoMN Library book club reviews contemporary works of fiction and non-fiction. The idea is for you to explore a set book each quarter (roughly aligned with the school terms), with your own group of friends, work colleagues, or parishioners (Individuals are welcome to be involved). Then toward the end of term, there will be an opportunity to gather at the Diocesan Offices for further discussion, refreshments and to ‘launch’ the next book.

Details of the current book can be found here.

Questions to help guide your groups discussions are provided below.

Why bother reading fiction?

Ashley Hales author of Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much captures the essence of why reading fiction may add value to people’s lives when she writes:

“Reading isn’t just about me. My time with a book at the end of the day refreshes in a way that screens or a sugar rush cannot. But this refreshment moves a person not simply deeper into oneself in an endless pursuit of self-knowledge, but ideally, moves one out into community. Art requires reflection, reaction, and interaction. It is founded on dialogue and the human search for meaning, beauty, and the divine. It creates community. It does so not just in the conversations we have about artistic objects — be it a song, a painting, or the novel in your book club — but also in its ability to fashion us into empathetic human beings.

Reading fiction is often the first place we learn to exercise empathy . . . Reading good fiction gives us a moral playground where we can learn from perspectives vastly different than our own. When we are thrust into the world of the novel, we develop empathy for a character we might easily stereotype in our everyday lives. When we have our own lives mirrored back to us in art, we realize that life is not often so neatly black-and-white as we want to believe. When we are wrapped up in story, we not only learn better, but we apply truths to our lives in new and creative ways (think of Jesus’ parables).

Reading fiction also helps us to practice slowing down. When we read well, it becomes an exercise in sustained attention. We check in with ourselves to see what stands out for us when we read. . .

Reading fiction gives us a ticket to step outside the world of the marketplace where meaning is derived from economic transactions. When we immerse ourselves in good writing, we stake a claim that beauty matters. . .When we engage with the world of the novel, we place worth in beauty, grace, and the promise of transformation. When we read, we say that meaning is more than money and that money can be used in service to good art. . .

Reading not only prepares us for engaging more gently, truthfully, and effectively in our “real lives,” but also helps form our loves. Because we read, we notice. We empathize. We celebrate beauty. Reading is a sure road to character and living out the gospel in our workplaces and homes.”

Hales, A. (2017, May 2). Why Reading is Good for the Soul. In Focus. Retrieved March 18, 2020, from https://thewell.intervarsity.org/focus/why-reading-fiction-good-soul

Questions to help guide your group’s discussion …

  • Is this a book that you would have chosen to read had it not been suggested by this book club? Why/Why not?
  • Do you identify strongly with any of the main characters and, if so, why?
  • How do you feel the characters responded to the situations with which they were presented?
  • Did you find this book related to any of your own life experiences?
  • What key events stood out to you, and why?
  • Where is Jesus in this book?
  • Do you consider that this book provides opportunities for spiritual growth and reflection?
  • Are there any theological themes present? If so, what did you think of their use?
  • What, if anything, did you find confronting?
  • How did you feel about the ending of the book? Satisfied? Frustrated? Irritated? Disappointed? Inspired?
  • To whom would you recommend this book?
Our Commitment

 The DoMN Library is committed to:

  • Serving the mission of the Church through the responsible stewardship and maintenance of the valuable assets contained within the library. 
  • Serving all users with dignity and respect to enable them to locate and effectively use appropriate library resources.
  • Developing a relevant and expanding library collection that provides for the educational and information needs of all library patrons.
  • Delivering a high-quality service that anticipates the research and informational needs of its users.
  • Promoting all library resources to enhance and make known their availability for all users.
  • Helping all users develop effective search techniques to encourage and enable the development of lifelong learning strategies.
Donations

If you are wishing to donate items, please contact the staff prior to bringing them to the library or the Diocesan Offices. Given our staffing and space considerations, we are unable to accept unsolicited donations.

Criteria:

  1. We now only accept, for consideration, works published during the last twenty years.
  2. Items are accepted on the clear understanding that the Library has control over what is kept and what is discarded, and where items will be located.
  3. Only items which will enhance the collections directive are added to the Library’s collection.  
  4. Books are only accepted on the understanding that they will be assessed in accordance with the DoMN Library Collection Development Policy.
  5. Those items not selected for inclusion in the main library collection will be discarded.
  6. Substantial donations and those specifying conditions for access, location, treatment or retention must be approved by the Library Manager.

Any queries regarding donations of a historic nature or value should be directed to Team Leader Archives and Research P 02 4979 1200 E enquiries@mn.catholic.org.au

The Library is also pleased to receive financial donations.

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