The Reigner Reading Room
As the Christian Education Library, the Reigner Reading Room holds a fine collection of materials for the practice and understanding of the educational ministry of the Church and is designed to provide a wide and current range of Christian education resources. Special curriculum events and teaching and learning seminars are planned periodically for the benefit of the community.
History and Location
The Reigner Reading Room opened in North Hall on the Tennent Campus in 1953, moved to Speer Library in 2004, was temporarily in Luce Library, and is now located on the second floor of the new library in room 2058. (NOTE: The room number visible from the hall is 2050; 2058 is inside and to the left.)
The Reigner Reading Room maintains a diverse collection of books, curricula, audiovisuals, and electronic resources (including CDs, CD-ROMs, DVDs, audio cassettes, slide sets, videos, posters, pictures, and games) suitable for a broad range of age groups, from preschool to senior adults. It also regularly acquires the newest and best materials for youth ministry, worship, church year celebrations, adult and youth Bible studies, children's ministry, multicultural education, and intergenerational programs. Its large collection of audiovisual materials, electronic resources, and teaching videos will be of special interest to students engaged in field work.
Sunday School and Vacation Bible School (VBS) curricula of all major denominations and publishers are also included in the collection and available for examination and browsing. 2014 VBS materials are currently on display. Group Publishing has 3 new VBS titles: Weird Animals, Wilderness Escape, and Blast Off. Additional titles: Workshop of Wonders (Cokesbury), Praise Break (Abingdon Press), Jungle Safari (Standard), Son Treasure Island (Gospel Light Publishing).
For both experienced and new church educators, the Reigner collection is an invaluable resource for support as well as introduction to the newest materials. The library continually updates its collection to fit the needs of the educational ministry of the Church.
More information about Reigner holdings is available through FindIt! – the PTS Library Catalog.
Using the Reigner Reading Room
Staff are available to assist patrons during regular posted hours. The Christian Education and Congregational Liaison Librarian, Sarita Ravinder, may be reached by phone at 609.497.7915 or via email.
Reigner Reading Room is open not only to the Seminary community, but also to the public. Anyone may examine and browse through the resources (without borrowing them – i.e., taking them out of the library) to plan educational programs for the year.
Borrowing privileges, which are necessary for taking materials out of the library, are free to students and graduates of Princeton Theological Seminary.
For an annual fee, individuals not associated with the Seminary may purchase basic borrowing privileges. Basic fee paid privileges are $50 per year and allow for up to twenty books to be borrowed at any given time. Enhanced fee paid privileges are $250 per year and allow for up to fifty books to be borrowed at any given time. Borrowing privileges for those not associated with PTS must be renewed annually.
Please see Library Policies for more information.