Collections Overview - Wright Library

Collections Overview

General, special and digital collections at Wright Library offer substantial resources for theological study and research at all levels

The Wright Library collections offer substantial resources for theological study and research at all levels.

In addition to circulating and periodical collections, Wright Library contains the Charles G. Reigner Collection, which houses educational materials and religious curriculum materials to support church ministry; Special Collections, including the Karl Barth research collection, and continually expanding digital collections, including the Theological Commons.

Wright Library 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 Samuel Agnew, J. Addison Alexander, Louis F. Benson, John Breckinridge, Ashbel Green, William Henry Green, Alexander Balloch Grosart, John M. Krebs, Samuel Miller, William Buell Sprague, James Tanis, and Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield.

Primary sources are represented both by original early editions or reprints and by modern critical editions.

Areas of the Collection

General Collections

Circulating Collection, Periodical Collection (journals), Latin American periodicals, Reigner Reading Room (Christian Education collection), Reference Collection, and Reserve Collection

General Collections

Special Collections

Seminary archives, rare books and pamphlets, personal papers, records of organizations, research collections, non-textual materials related to the history of the Presbyterian and Reformed traditions and ecumenical Christianity

Special Collections

Digital Collections

The digitized books, journals, audio recordings, photographs, manuscripts, and other formats dating from 975 C.E. to the present in the Theological Commons digital library are just some of the digital collections built and curated by Wright Library and available to anyone from anywhere.

Digital Collections

Collection Development

Wright Library’s Collection Development Policy guides the acquisition of library materials.

Accessibility and Accountability

A series of policies governing the use of our collections allows us to balance accessibility with accountability.