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, by appointment only. 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
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: 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

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

Saturday Openings in 2021

November 13th - 10 AM - 4 PM



May 31st - Memorial Day

June 23rd-28th - ITMS Conference

July 5th - Independence Day

September 6th - Labor Day

October 11th - Fall Break

November 24th - 26th - Thanksgiving

December 22nd - January 4th - Christmas

January 17th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

March 4th - Spring Break

April 15th - Good Friday

May 30th - Memorial Day