Mother Philemon Doyle Library @ NDP

Mother Philemon Doyle (1874-1961) spent her entire life serving God and others. Raised by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, she entered the convent on Charles Street in 1896. She served as both a teacher and principal before returning to the College of Notre Dame in 1919 as president and mother superior. The library is named in her memory.

  • Open from 7:30 – 4:30 Monday-Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fridays.
  • Refurbished in 2012 through generous donations from the Class of 2012 and the Parents’ Association.
  • Three break-out rooms for independent or group work.
  • The MacIntosh Reading Room houses The Margot and Diane Dippold Women’s Collection Reading Room – a gift from NDP alumna Dr. Diane Dippold MacIntosh '58 containing books by, for, and about women
  • Self-service black & white and color copiers for student use.
  • Laptops available for in-library use; Library classroom with interactive projector.


  • Responsive collection development includes books, periodicals, DVDs, and databases, which eliminates the need for trips to the public library.
  • 34 subscription databases are hand-selected to support the curriculum.
  • Extensive Reference section includes books available for two-night check-out as well as many titles available as eBooks.
  • Large Young Adult literature section encourages reading for pleasure.
  • Broad collection of audio-visual materials.
  • Up-to-date periodicals and newspapers.
  • Digital video and still cameras, tripods, photo lights, and computer projectors are available to borrow.
  • No limit on the number of materials that can be checked out – even during summer vacation.


  • Staffed by two full-time librarians and three additional assistants.
  • Working collaboratively, librarians and faculty offer authentic and holistic lessons in research that prepare students for college and beyond.


A treasured tradition in the spring, Library Week celebrates the library and is named the Ellen Norton Cullen Library Week in honor of a beloved librarian.

Notre Dame Preparatory School

An Independent, Catholic Girls School
Grades 6-12
Sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame
© Notre Dame Preparatory School 2016