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The Princeton Theological Seminary Library strengthens teaching, inspires learning, broadens access, fosters research, embraces change, and advances and preserves knowledge.

The Princeton Theological Seminary Library serves Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton University, and wider communities of students, pastors, and scholars.

Shaped by two centuries of development, the Princeton Theological Seminary Library:

  • Embraces its role at the intersection of the theological record and the community of scholars,
  • Continues Princeton Seminary's commitment to build collections of depth, and
  • Promotes an environment of broad access to the theological heritage.

Collection Overview

The Princeton Theological Seminary Library collection offers substantial resources for theological study and research at all levels.

In addition to circulating and periodical collections, the Princeton Theological Seminary Library contains the Charles G. Reigner Collection, which houses educational materials and religious curriculum materials to support church ministry; Special Collections, including the Karl Barth research collection and a growing number of Digital Collections, including the Theological Commons.

The Library currently receives thousands of journals, annual reports of church bodies and learned societies, bulletins, transactions, and periodically issued indices, abstracts, and bibliographies.

Among the collections are valuable portions of the libraries of Dr. Ashbel Green, Professor John Breckenridge, Dr. William Buell Sprague, Mr. Samuel Agnew, Professor J. Addison Alexander, Dr. John M. Krebs, Dr. Alexander Balloch Grosart, Professor William Henry Green, Professor Samuel Miller, Professor Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield, Mr. James Tanis, and Dr. Louis F. Benson.

Primary sources are represented both by original early editions or reprints and by modern critical editions.

A series of policies governing the use of our collections allows us to balance accessibility with accountability.

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