The Vincent Library would not exist without the contributions of Yale women and men who recognized the importance of an intellectually rigorous Catholic faith. The core of our collection comes from the personal library of T. Lawrason Riggs, Yale ’10 (1888-1943), founding chaplain of STM. Fr. Riggs donated an impressive amount of books pertaining to Western literature, visual arts, poetry, and Catholic theology to the original More House library. Chaplains after Fr. Riggs continued to follow his example; and, through their donations, have expanded the library catalog to include books on philosophy, religious studies, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Christian ethics, prayer and spiritual guidance.
Today, STM community members, Yale Professors, Catholic writers, and Yale graduate students also contribute annually to our collection. Their efforts, alongside the chaplains, have expanded the library to include a myriad subjects and over 5,000 books.