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Celebrate Theological Libraries Month

Oct 1, 2018

October is Theological Libraries Month and once again we're joining the American Theological Library Association's celebration with book spine poetry and a faculty book raffle!

Create your own book spine poems using books from the library, share them on Twitter or Facebook,* and include @YourATLA with #TLM2018 for a chance to win the American Theological Library Association contest. Four winners will receive a $25 digital Amazon gift card.

Wondering what a book spine poem might look like? Here's an example by Marcus Hong (Ph.D. candidate) from a few years ago.

*If you're not on either platform, follow the "Book Spine Poetry Contest - Official Rules" link below for alternative means of participating.

This year the Weekly Faculty Book Raffle includes: Making Faithful Decisions at the End of Life by Nancy J. Duff; Finding Ourselves Lost: Ministry in the Age of Overwhelm by Robert C. Dykstra; Faith of Our Mothers, Living Still by Abigail Rian Evans and Katharine Doob Sakenfeld; and Bible and Ethics in the Christian Life: A New Conversation by Jacqueline E. Lapsley, et al.

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Sep 21, 2018

Whether you're just getting started on a research project or want to learn more about a topic, the reference collection has you covered.

Follow the Princeton Theological Seminary Library on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram for Kate's occasional #RefAlert posts highlighting reference works from the reference collection. You'll also find them at the link below.

With more than 10,000 volumes, the reference collection has a lot to offer. From general tools (dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, almanacs, atlases, and handbooks) to primary texts essential to the Christian tradition, a core collection of Biblical commentaries and certain texts so comprehensive in their treatment of a subject (and so well indexed) that they function as reference tools.

And, of course, you can always visit the reference desk.

Hispanic Heritage Month / Mes de la Herencia Hispania

Sep 15, 2018

Browse and borrow books in the open display on the Concourse September 15-October 15, and visit the link below for more information.

New faculty book: Making faithful decisions at the end of life / Nancy J. Duff

Sep 14, 2018

Prof. Nancy Duff's newest book, Making faithful decisions at the end of life, is now available at the library.

A second copy has been added to the New Faculty Books display.

Upcoming changes to library hours

Aug 6, 2018

Library hours will change as the fall semester begins. Follow the link below for details.

Note: The Seminary, including the Library, will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 3, 2018.

New featured collection in the Theological Commons

Jul 11, 2018

The Digital Collections team has been hard at work this summer bringing the Princeton Theological Seminary Journals collection into the ever-growing Theological Commons digital library.

The Princeton Theological Seminary Journals collection contains journals published by, or closely associated with, Princeton Theological Seminary from 1825 to the present, including the complete archive of The Princeton Seminary Bulletin (1907-present).

The collection, which encompasses more than 6,000 articles, replaces content previously provided in an older, siloed system ( and adds new, related content such as historical Princeton Seminary catalogues and reports.

For the first time, the full text of these journals is searchable, as well as viewable through full-color images in an online page turner. All journal issues are also available in PDF format.

New issues of The Princeton Seminary Bulletin will be added as they become available.

New faculty book: Finding ourselves lost : ministry in the age of overwhelm / Robert C. Dykstra

Jul 10, 2018

Prof. Robert Dykstra's newest book, Finding ourselves lost : ministry in the age of overwhelm, is now available at the library.

A second copy will be placed in the New Faculty Books display when it arrives.

Recently purchased: Government, Politics and Law (HeinOnline)

Jul 2, 2018

The Library has recently purchased a subscription to Government, Politics and Law (HeinOnline). This database includes the Religion and the Law collection as well as several other subcollections. "HeinOnline is the world's largest fully searchable, image-based government document and legal research database. It contains comprehensive coverage from inception of both U.S. statutory materials, U.S. Congressional Documents and more than 2,400 scholarly journals, all of the world's constitutions, all U.S. treaties, collections of classic treatises and presidential documents, and access to the full text of state and federal case law powered by Fastcase. This Government, Politics & Law HeinOnline package offers special collections on Criminal Justice, Religion and the Law and Women and the Law among others."

Other relatively new resources include: Brill Reformation Year E-Book Collection, Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament Online, History of Global Christianity Online, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global: The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection, and Sacramentum Mundi Online.

Summer reading: Self-care

Jun 29, 2018

In many professions – as well as in many stages of life – it's easy to get so caught up in caring for others that caring for ourselves drops to the bottom of the "to do" list. This month, we're highlighting some books from the catalog about self-care to help us all remember the importance of physical and spiritual health in supporting of lives of service.

Browse and borrow from the display on the first floor Concourse, and be sure to take a look at the subject headings highlighted in the curated bibliography linked below. (Librarians love subject headings.)

cup of tea with a heart on it

Notice: Library catalog upgrade begins Wed. June 20

Jun 18, 2018

On Wednesday, June 20, the library will begin an upgrade of the library catalog. This will take 2-3 days. We strongly suggest that you review your patron record* before the upgrade, renewing those items you are able to renew online. We also strongly suggest returning items before the upgrade or after the upgrade (not during), because patron records will not immediately reflect returns and in-person renewals during the upgrade. Faculty and PhD candidates, you will need to return books you have had for three years.

You will be able to use the online library catalog and check out materials during the upgrade; renewals and returns will not be processed, however. You must have your borrowing card with you in order to check out items.

In short, consider renewing books online before June 20, and returning books before June 20 or after June 22.

Thank you for your patience as we make sure the library catalog continues to support you in your work.

*To review your patron record, please login in to the library catalog using the My Account link below. Check to your borrowing card's expiration date and/or when the items you currently have checked out are due.