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Library Mission

The Iona University Libraries provide services and resources that reflect, support, and enhance the mission of the University by:

  • maintaining a collaborative, open, and caring environment, respecting and responding to the individual needs of our students, faculty, and Iona University community
  • enriching research, teaching, and learning through individual and group instruction to promote information literacy
  • developing a relevant and balanced collection of resources, through effective management and preservation strategies, that support and enrich the curricula and scholarship of Iona University

Our commitment to the missions of the Libraries and University will help to foster the intellectual growth and lifelong learning of our students.

- Revised January 29, 2013

Ryan Library

Ryan Library Exterior 715 North Avenue
 New Rochelle, New York 10801
 Phone: (914) 633-2343
 Fax: (914) 633-2136


Ryan Library was named after Patrick J. Ryan, founder of the American Province of the Congregation of Christian Brothers. Originally opened in 1949, the 2010 reconstruction conforms to Iona's Georgian Colonial with its rich red brick construction, subtle wood trim and elegant tile roofing.

Today the site houses the bulk of the Iona University Libraries' print collection.

Main Collection

The Iona University Libraries hold over 250,000 volumes and multimedia resources as well as 500 current print periodicals. In addition the libraries provide access to thousands of electronic resources and journals for both on and off-campus users.

Our Collection Development Policy details how we build our library collections.

Archive & Special Collections

The Archives Room for rare books houses special editions, the Iona Archives, and special collections relating to Irish life and literature. Special Collections also include the Thomas Paine National Historical Association Collection, the complete Sean MacBride Collection, the Brother Edmund Rice Collection, and a select number of items from the Br. Charles B. Quinn Collection (Irish Collection). 

Read more: Archive & Special Collections


Ryan Library offers spaces for meeting, studying and holding events, including Romita Auditorium. 

Helen T. Arrigoni Library and Technology Center

Arrigoni Library Exterior
Phone: (914) 637-2791

The Helen T. Arrigoni Library and Technology Center is an extension of the Iona University Libraries. This library was opened in January of 1995.

The Library houses journal and monographic collections in the areas of Computer Science, Education, which includes a curriculum collection, and Media & Strategic Communication.