The Kino Library was officially founded in 1978. Efforts were immediately begun to build an outstanding theological collection to meet the needs of Catholic adults in the Phoenix area. Since its beginning the library has expanded to provide theological and biblical resources for adults of many faiths in the southwest. Today the library has grown to over 25,000 English and Spanish resources.

Kino participants and the public are encouraged to use these excellent resources. The collection includes extensive reference materials including LOGOS Scholars Library, periodicals, video and audio tapes. In addition, the following online databases are accessible: ATLA/ATLAS, Religious and Theological Abstracts, and FirstSearch (11 databases). Computers are available for patrons to search these and other related websites. An interlibrary loan service increases access to materials.

Kino Library is home to a large selection of resources, including books, databases, and media. The online public access catalog may be searched through the link on the library website.

Books: The major emphasis of the collection is in theology, biblical studies, and spirituality. Books are available in both the English and Spanish language.

  • Databases: Extending the research value of the collection, the library subscribes to the following :
    • ATLA/ATLAS (American Theological Library Association) – Index of over 500 scriptural and theological journals. (full-text for up to 75 of the journals)
    • Religious and Theological Abstracts
    • First Search: 11 databases available through the state of Arizona

Computers are available for patron access to the databases and the internet.

  • Periodicals: Many of the approximately 150 periodicals to which the library subscribes are indexed in the Catholic Periodical and Literature Index, ATLA, or Religious and Theological Abstracts.
  • Media: In addition to books and bound periodicals, the library maintains a substantial collection of videotapes, CD’s, and DVD’s. The LOGOS Scholars Library Series X, Encyclopedia Judaica, and several Scripture commentary series are accessible on the library computers.

Kino Library provides inter-library loan from other libraries.