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Lasallian Collection

The Battersby Lasallian Collection at CBU contains books about the Brothers of the Christian Schools, their history and ministry of education, from the founding of the order in the 17th century to the present day.

About the Battersby Lasallian Collection

Located in the northwest corner of the Library’s main floor, the Battersby Lasallian Collection contains biographies of St. John Baptist de la Salle, books on the history of the order and Lasallian education, and books by and about many Christian Brothers.

Books in the Battersby Lasallian Collection may be checked out for the same length of time as items in Plough Library's general circulating collection (28 days for undergraduate students and until the end of the semester for graduate students, faculty, and staff).

History of the Collection

In 2011, Brother Terence McLaughlin proposed the creation of a permanent Lasallian Collection in Plough Library. Br. Terence requested that it be named the Battersby Lasallian Collection, after William John Battersby (Brother Clair Stanislaus, F.S.C.), a Christian Brother and prolific author of several major works about the order. Br. Terence also authored several books in the collection, including The Passing of the Baton (2008), about the Lasallian Movement’s transition to include more lay men and women, and Silent Acceptance (2012), about the integration of Christian Brothers High School in 1963. Many books in the collection came from the Brothers' library in their Lambert Hall residence. It is continues to grow through individual book donations as well as the addition of Lasallian books formerly located in Plough Library's main circulating collection. Plough Library also purchases new Lasallian books as they are published.

Selected Titles

Plough Library · Christian Brothers University
Library Hours

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