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.)

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
Hilton Garden Inn (Louisville Airport) - 502-637-2424
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
[email protected]
  Mark C. Meade
Assistant Director
The Thomas Merton Center
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40205
[email protected]

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



On May 17th, 24th and 31st Bellarmine University and the Thomas Merton Center will be closing at noon

May 27th - Memorial Day

June 19th - Juneteenth

July 4th & 5th - Independence Day

September 2nd - Labor Day

October 14th - Fall Break

November 27th - 29th - Thanksgiving

December 19th - January 2nd 2025 - Christmas (Inclusive)

January 20th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

March 7th - Spring Break

April 18th - Good Friday

April 21st - Easter Monday

May 2nd - Oaks Day

May 26th - Memorial Day