Founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Barry University's growth throughout the years has been shaped by their core values. Originally founded as Barry College for Women, Barry has grown into a coeducational university that is one of the leading centers for education in South Florida.Grounded in the liberal arts tradition, Barry University is a scholarly community committed to the highest academic standards in undergraduate, graduate and professional education.
In the Catholic intellectual tradition, integration of study, reflection and action inform the intellectual life. Faithful to this tradition, a Barry education and university experience foster individual and communal transformation where learning leads to knowledge and truth, reflection leads to informed action, and a commitment to social justice leads to collaborative service.
The Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library is located at the center of the Miami Shores campus of Barry University. The Library is named in loving memory of Monsignor William Barry, one of the founders of Barry University and an inspirational figure in the Catholic Church within the Archdiocese of Miami.
The extensive Library research collections include more than 950,000 physical items, over 40,000 print and online journal subscriptions, and several thousand online books and streaming video resources. The collection is balanced to meet the research needs of the wide variety of undergraduate through doctoral programs offered at Barry University. The collection of Roman Catholic research materials is especially significant, and is one of the largest collections of its kind in the area.