—The Theological Commons, the Seminary’s newest resource, is a free
digital library of more than 50,000 books on theology and religion—
Princeton, NJ, April 17,
2012–Princeton Theological Seminary announces its newest
resource, the Theological Commons, a digital library of more than 50,000 out-of-copyright titles in religion and
theology. It is searchable, free of charge,
and accessible from anywhere in the world by visiting http://commons.ptsem.edu.
Books may be read online, downloaded as
PDFs, or downloaded to an iPad or Kindle. Users can view
individual book covers, go to a collection, or search by subject or by author. In
the coming years, the digital library will continue to expand with many more
out-of-copyright or rights-cleared volumes.
the Theological Commons from the ground up with theologians, pastors, and
students of religion in mind. There’s a lot of advanced technology powering the
Theological Commons, but its purpose is simple and straightforward: to make
theological and religious texts easily accessible to scholars worldwide,” said
Clifford Anderson, curator of special collections at Princeton Seminary’s
The Theological Commons is part of the
Seminary’s new library, and its Bicentennial Campaign to make resources
available to the church in the world as the Seminary begins its third century. At the heart of the vision for The Bicentennial
Campaign is a commitment to fulfilling the Seminary’s mission to equip women
and men for leadership worldwide in congregations and the larger church, in
classrooms and the academy, and in the community.
Commons is a generous and extraordinary gift to students, pastors, and scholars
around the world. It is very easy to use and an excellent resource. It will be
especially valuable to people in the global south, for whom travel to archival
collections in Europe or North America is prohibitively expensive,” said Jay
Brown, head of the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh.
Theological Seminary’s library holds one of the world’s most important and
respected collections and is said to be one of the finest resources in the
world for Christian theological scholarship. The Seminary’s new state-of-the-art
library is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2013. It will
house up to one million books.
Princeton Seminary was established in 1812 by
the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church as a post-graduate professional school of theology. Celebrating
its Bicentennial in 2012, Princeton is the largest Presbyterian seminary in the
country, with more than 500 students in six graduate degree programs.