January 2013, the Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library was among the 953 libraries and state humanities councils to be awarded the “Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf”, which is a collection of twenty five books, four films, and other resources that address the culture and history of Muslims worldwide. The Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
Four local Muslim scholars were invited to share their experience and knowledge with the Barry and South Florida communities during the 2013 spring and fall semesters.
Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library strives to adhere to the Barry University Mission Statement, which includes the core commitments of Knowledge and Truth, Inclusive Community, Social Justice, and Collaborative Service. Hopefully, the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys Series will help to debunk myths and misinformation about Muslims, and help to share knowledge and truth, create an inclusive community, and address social justice, through collaborative service.