The Duquesne University library system began in 1878, when what was then known as the "Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost" was founded. The collection moved along with the university to the Bluff, and was for a long time housed in the Old Main administration building.
In 1939, an anonymous contribution permitted work to begin on a new library building, in order to house the university's growing collection: that structure was given to the School of Law upon the completion of the current library. The Gumburg Library building was originally constructed as a printing plant, and saw use as a garage before it was redesigned for its new purpose and opened for service as the Duquesne University Library in 1978. On 3 February 1995, it was rededicated as the "Gumberg Library at Duquesne University," a tribute to the financial support of alumnus Stanley R. Gumberg (Class of 1950) and his wife, Marcia M. Gumberg.
Today, the Gumberg Library is home to 670,000 volumes, 5,000 journal subscriptions (both print and electronic), 150 research databases, and a variety of audiovisual materials. Electronic holdings have increased in recent years.
- Duquesne University Archives - comprises the center for the documented history of Duquesne University
- Cardinal Wright Collection - contains the prelate's personal library, with emphasis on deliberations from the Second Vatican Council and the Synods
- Duquesne Authors Collection - encompasses bibliographic citations and links to publications written by the faculty and administrators of Duquesne University
- Rabbi Herman Hailperin Collection - contains more than 2,600 volumes, and focuses on Judeo-Christian intellectual and theological relations during the Middle Ages
- Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center - a collection of works related to phenomenological research and theory
- Hon. Michael A. Musmanno Collection - contains the personal papers and library of the former State Supreme Court Justice and Congressman
- Provided by the Internet Archive (Feb. 3, 2007): "History". Gumberg Library website. Duquesne University. Archived from the original on September 7, 2006. Retrieved March 30, 2010.
- Provided by the Internet Archive (Feb. 3, 2007): Demilio, Paul. "What's in a Name?". Gumberg Library website. Duquesne University. Archived from the original on September 7, 2006. Retrieved March 30, 2010.