Library Collections

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 Reading Room, which houses educational materials and religious curriculum materials to support church ministry; Special Collections, including the Karl Barth research collection and the Abraham Kuyper collection of Dutch Reformed Protestantism; 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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General Collections

Special Collections

Special Collections at the Princeton Theological Seminary Library comprise more than 75,000 printed works and over 5,175 linear feet of archival and manuscript material. Major collections include the Seminary archives, rare books and pamphlets, personal papers, records of organizations, research collections, and non-textual materials related to the history of the Presbyterian and Reformed traditions and ecumenical Christianity.

Particular strengths of Special Collections are its documentation of the Seminary’s history, including works by and about Seminary faculty; American Presbyterianism; English and American Puritanism; Presbyterian missions; hymnology; works by and about Reformed theologians Karl Barth and Abraham Kuyper; and the history of Presbyterians in Korea.

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Digital Collections

The Princeton Theological Seminary Library's Digital Collections are open access and include the Theological Commons, a digital library of historical materials related to theology and religion. Other digital collections include: Guides to the library’s manuscript collections, the Abraham Kuyper Bibliography, the Digital Library of Abraham Kuyper, Princeton Lectures on Youth, Church and Culture, and a digitized collection of Princeton Seminary Journals.

Other projects are in progress.

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