The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Special guidelines for research visits to the merton center

The Merton Center is currently open Monday-Friday, 9 am - 4 pm. (Appointments recommended. Please call: 502-272-8177/8099 to make an appointment.)

Bellarmine University is a vaccinated campus and we ask our visitors and guests to be vaccinated as well.

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
Wingate by Wyndham (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 on Newburg Road, close to the Holiday Inn Express, Red Roof Inn and Wingate, and stops close to Bellarmine University. For further information please visit:

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

9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday, except during holiday closures (see below).

Saturday Openings in 2024

To Be Announced



November 22nd-24th - Thanksgiving

December 21st - January 2nd 2024 - Christmas (Inclusive)


January 15th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

March 1st - Spring Break

March 29th - Good Friday

April 1st - Easter Monday

May 27th - Memorial Day

June 19th - Juneteenth

July 4th - Independence Day

September 2nd - Labor Day