Library Mission Statement

The mission of the St. Thomas More Church Library is to encourage the spiritual and intellectual growth of our parishioners by providing up-to-date religious and spiritual literature for all ages.

Rose Marie Harris using library computerThe St. Thomas More Church Library contains over 1900 items in a variety of formats.

Library Liaison Rose Marie Harris

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The St. Thomas More Library is located in the south west corner of the Utopia Room of the St. Thomas More Commons.

Library Hours:

  • Coffee and Donuts Sunday
  • K of C Breakfast Sunday

The St. Thomas More Church Archives is located in room 104 of the Werth Office Complex. The Archives is open by appointment only. Phone: 785-776-5151, ext. 230 for an appointment.



The St. Thomas More Church Library was established in 1983 by volunteers from the Thomas More Ladies Group. They met for the first time on February 23, 1983. During this meeting the ladies developed a mission statement and selection policy. Materials for the library were acquired through donation, temporary loan, and monetary gifts. May 8, 1983, a Church Bulletin announcement informed parishioners that a library to be placed in the basement of the Parish Center was being organized. Lucy Wilde, our first librarian, cataloged books based on the Dewey Decimal system and members of the Library Committee typed catalog cards. Catalog cards were filed in shoe boxes until 1995, when a wooden card catalog was received. After a sufficient number of books were processed and shelved on bookcases custom made by Mr. William Mathewson, the library opened in a CCD class room (most likely room 104) after Mass on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The first books were checked out on September 12, 1983, at a Thomas More Ladies meeting. The Library views this as its anniversary date and celebrated its silver jubilee in 2008.

Church Archives

The Church Archives was dedicated October 26, 2008.

Our commitment:

  • develop and implement policies and procedures to collect, preserve, and store church records
  • store selected records in archival supplies
  • reformat to preserve selected groups of records in danger of being lost
  • save essential church history by collecting lost records and oral history
  • prepare descriptions of the holdings
  • determine methods of disseminating holdings to potential users
  • provide access to on-site users


Religious/Church History Interest Group

The Riley County Historical Society and Museum partnered with St. Thomas More Library and Church Archives to encourage and support collection, conservation, and preservation of church history.

We wanted to organize a non-denominational interest group dedicated to an exchange of information regarding the collection and preservation of our local church histories. We hoped that the interest group would be a way to exchange ideas and hope to develop occasional workshops to address common concerns and interests.

The church history interest group is open to everyone; interested parties  need not be affiliated with a church to attend. Pastors are asked to attend or to send a representative. There are no membership fees.

The first meeting of the church history interest group was held at St. Thomas More Church, 2900 Kimball Avenue, on Thursday, May 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Subsequent meeting times and locations will be posted under Library News.

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