Best Theological Library In America

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  1. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    What is the best theological library in America? If we get enough answers maybe we can make this into a poll.
     
  2. Puritan Sailor

    Puritan Sailor Moderator

    It's probably a tie between Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and Library of Congress. Perhaps University of Chicago is up there too. :2cents:
     
  3. cih1355

    cih1355 Puritan Board Junior

    The Flora Lamson Hewlett Library of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.
     
  4. Guido's Brother

    Guido's Brother Puritan Board Junior

    For a Reformed person, it's hard to beat the Hekman Library at Calvin College/Seminary in Grand Rapids. And the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies (also at Hekman) is incredible.
     
  5. D

    D Puritan Board Junior

    I have used the Pitts Theological Library on the campus of Emory University in Decatur, Georgia. Its special collections department is especially good. I've been told by several folk there that it is the third best theological library in the US, but I am no expert to judge those claims. But I did find things there I could find no where else within my reach.

    DTK
     
  6. Dieter Schneider

    Dieter Schneider Puritan Board Sophomore

    Sounds great - so who is gonna get me a job?:wow:
     
  7. Backwoods Presbyterian

    Backwoods Presbyterian Puritan Board Doctor

    I must confess that the Library at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is one of the best theological libraries in the U.S. I know it is the third largest in the East.
     
  8. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Andrew Myers' house. ;)
     
  9. jawyman

    jawyman Puritan Board Junior

    Living in GR, I can't tell how invaluable this resource is, but I do have to vote for my seminary's library too. Puritan Reformed maybe small for now, but our library is mighty if you want solid Reformed and Puritan works.
     
  10. greenbaggins

    greenbaggins Administrator Staff Member

    Or at least his warehouse.
     
  11. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    :lol:
     
  12. timmopussycat

    timmopussycat Puritan Board Junior

    Admittedly it's not within the U. S. of A., but the combined Regent College - Carey Theological College library in Vancouver, BC is very good. Given that it is a branch of the Evangelical Library in London, I can get just about anything I need from it.

    And let's not forget that any library that is linked to Early English Books Online has online access to just about every Puritan publication that ever was. Your local University library should have this access.
     
  13. govols

    govols Puritan Board Junior

    From what I hear it is Al Mohler's personal library.
     
  14. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Moderator Staff Member

    Certainly not the best, but I am only a few minutes from . . .

    Last time I did some research there, I didn't even need an exorcism afterwards. :lol:
     
  15. crhoades

    crhoades Puritan Board Graduate

    WTS PA's is nice. Fuller's is rather large and even in town, Vanderbilt's Divinity isn't too shabby.
     
  16. Ivan

    Ivan Pastor

    Put Dr. Mohler's and Andrew's library together and I'd say you'd have something special. Of course, either we do for me!
     
  17. danmpem

    danmpem Puritan Board Junior

    I heard that the Boyce College/Southern Seminary was one of the biggest in the Western Hemisphere.
     
  18. N. Eshelman

    N. Eshelman Puritan Board Senior

    Dr. Beeke tells us that Union Theological Seminary library is the best in the US.
     
  19. Sydnorphyn

    Sydnorphyn Puritan Board Freshman

    Princeton's is the best on the east coast - the best for Karl Barth, probably in the States - of course, you need to read and enjoy Barth (which all reformed believers should) to enjoy it.

    Partial
     
  20. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Moderator Staff Member

    The brag is that the Princeton libraries contain the largest theological collection in the United States and second in the world, behind only the Vatican Library in Rome. Princeton is for Barth studies what Grand Rapids is for Calvin and the Puritans. The Burke Library at Union has 604,000 bound volumes. Westminster (East) has 140,000 bound volumes; Puritan Reformed holds 40,000+; Westminster CA claims 120,000 volumes; Fuller has 500,000 books and media.
     
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