General Collections Overview
The Princeton Theological Seminary Library's General Collections consist of the Circulating Collection, a collection of Latin American periodicals, the Reigner Reading Room (Christian Education), the Periodical Collection (journals), the Reference Collection, and the Reserve Collection.
Books from the general collection normally circulate for a period of four weeks and may be renewed unless requested by another patron. Patrons are expected to locate the books they need and must bring them to the Service Desk to be charged. The arrangement of books in the library is available online and on building guide cards throughout the library, and the staff members at the Reference and Service Desks are available to provide assistance in locating materials.
Latin American Periodicals
Bibliographic records for individual titles in the Latin American Periodical Collection appear in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library catalog and, when the exact title is known, can be searched using the Journal title field. To retrieve a list of all the titles in the collection, type Latin American Periodicals in the Title field.
A number of these materials have also been digitized and included in the Theological Commons, a digital library of materials on theology and religion, developed in partnership with the Internet Archive. Browse the Latin America Collection within the Theological Commons.
HTI 2000–2001 mentor and the Henry Luce Professor of Ecumenics and Mission Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary Luis N. Rivera-Pagán extols the Library's "serious engagement to house and preserve a rich and diverse Latin American ecclesiastical and theological bibliographical collection."
Reigner Reading Room (Christian Education)
The Charles G. Reigner Reading Room, on the Second Floor of the library, is an educational resource center that maintains a wide range of educational materials, including Christian education curricula, CDs, DVDs, filmstrips, slides, videos, games, records, cassettes, and audiovisual materials. The materials are available to Seminary students and faculty, and also available at a yearly fee to church educators throughout the broader Princeton community. Those interested should contact the reading room staff for information about fees and regulations.
Email or call (609) 497-7915
Periodical Collection (Journals)
Current print issues of a select number (approx. 600) of journals are on display and available for browsing in the Periodical Reading Room in the North Wing for the library, on the First Floor. Older issues and volumes of these titles, as well as both the current and older issues/volumes of the remaining print journals held by the library, are shelved by call number on the Lower Level of the new library. Journals do not circulate and must not be left overnight in carrels or study rooms.
Online Journals are accessible to anyone while on campus and to the Seminary community with network ID and password from anywhere.
Comprised of nearly 10,000 volumes, the reference collection contains general tools frequently consulted in theological study: dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, almanacs, atlases, and handbooks. It features a broad array of bibliographical resources, including indexing tools, union lists, catalogs of specialized libraries, and national, trade, and subject bibliographies. Increasing the richness and value of the collection is the inclusion of primary texts essential to the Christian tradition and a core collection of Biblical commentaries. Included as well are certain texts which are so comprehensive in their treatment of a subject and so well indexed that they function as reference tools. Reference books do not circulate and, if used outside of the reference area, must be returned to the reference reshelving cart when the patron leaves the library.
Hours and Contact
This collection consists of a selected number of volumes and articles that are heavily used in Seminary courses. It is located behind the Service Desk and is serviced by staff during all times when the library is open. Patrons may take only one reserve book at a time for reading and two for scanning/photocopying, and materials must be returned within the two-hour loan period. Patrons without Seminary library cards may be asked to provide ID. Two hours before the library closes, patrons may check out a maximum of two reserve books for overnight use, and these must be returned the first hour of the next day that the library is open. A valid library identification card and local telephone number are required for overnight service.