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).
In 2011, Brother Terence McLaughlin, FSC 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 laypeople, and Silent Acceptance (2012), about the integration of Christian Brothers High School in 1963. Most of the collection came from the Brothers' community library in their Lambert Hall residence. It continues to grow through individual book donations, the addition of Lasallian books moved from Plough Library's main circulating collection, and new purchases of selected Lasallian books as they are published.