The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Location and parking

The Thomas Merton Center is located on the second floor of the W. L. Lyons Brown Library at the center of the Bellarmine University campus.
Click here for a campus map and directions.

Limited parking for visitors is available in front of Horrigan Hall, the main administration building on campus. If there is no visitor parking available then just find a parking place and go either to the reception desk or the security office in Horrigan Hall to get a temporary parking permit.

Campus and Hotel accommodation,
and transportation options

Limited student residential accommodation is sometimes available on the campus for out-of-town researchers. Further details of this can be obtained from Reservations. Telephone: (502) 272 8100.

Local Hotel Information:

Holiday Inn Express (Airport East) - 502-456-4411
Brown Hotel (Downtown) - 1-800-555-8000
Americas Best Value Inn and Suites (Airport East) - 502-473-0000
Red Roof Inn (Airport East) - 502-456-2993
21c Museum Hotel (Downtown) - 1-877-217-6400
Seelbach Hilton (Downtown) - 502-585-3200

Special rates may be available for those attending events at Bellarmine University. Please ask when booking.

Limited public transport is available, but there is a city bus that stops close to the Best Western on Newburg Road and stops close to Bellarmine University. For further information please visit: and the timetable covering this route can be downloaded at:

Merton's typewriter

contact information

For questions about Thomas Merton, the Thomas Merton Center, research project information, the Merton archives, or about joining the International Thomas Merton Society, please contact:

Dr Paul M Pearson
Director and Archivist
The Thomas Merton Center
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40205
  Mark C. Meade
Assistant Director
The Thomas Merton Center
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40205

hours of operation

Opening times

8 A.M. to 5 P.M., Monday through Friday, except during holiday closures (see below).

In exceptional circumstances special arrangements are occasionally possible for groups who wish to visit the Center evenings and on Saturdays. Special arrangements should be requested from the Director of the Center.

Holiday Closures

October 16th - Fall Break

October 26th - Road Scholars Event

November 22nd - 24th - Thanksgiving

December 22nd - January 2nd, 2018 - Christmas

January 15th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

March 9th - Spring Break

March 30th - Good Friday

May 28th - Memorial Day

July 4th - Independence Day

September 3rd - Labor Day