Charles G. Reigner Reading Room

Charles G. Reigner Reading Room

Mission, Events and History

children's books on display

The Charles G. Reigner Reading Room has tons of great resources for the educational ministry of the Church. For those of you doing field work assignments as seminarians or otherwise engaged in Christian education, the large collection of Sunday school resources, audiovisual materials, electronic resources, and teaching videos may be of special interest.

Sarita Ravinder, Christian Education and Congregational Liaison Librarian, plans special events and teaching & learning seminars for Princeton Seminary students, their families and the wider community.

The Reigner Reading Room (Reigner) opened in North Hall on the Tennent Campus of Princeton Theological Seminary in 1953 and is now located in the Library on the second floor, Room 2050.

Hours and Borrowing

Reigner is open to the public with staff on hand to help during regular posted hours. Anyone may browse through the collection while in the library.

Students and graduates of Princeton Theological Seminary may borrow materials (check them out for use outside the library) from the collection for free.

If you’re not associated with the Seminary and would like to borrow materials, you can purchase basic borrowing privileges for an annual fee.

Please see Access and Borrowing Policies for more information.

Collections

Oversized storybooks on display

Reigner regularly acquires the newest and best materials for a wide range of age groups, from preschool to senior adults. It 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) great for:

  • youth ministry
  • worship
  • church year celebrations
  • adult and youth Bible studies
  • children's ministry
  • multicultural education
  • intergenerational programs

NOTE: Curriculum and juvenile books are located in Room 2050; the rest of the Reigner collection is located in the open stacks on the second floor near the microform cabinets.

Curricula

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.

Vacation Bible School curricula on display

2016 VBS materials currently on display include: Egypt, Cave Quest, Expedition Norway (Cross Culture VBS), and Pets Unleashed (Weekend VBS) (Group Publishing); Surf Shack (Cokesbury); Deep Sea Discovery (Standard); and I've Got Talent (UMI).

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.

A free e-book from Growing in Grace & Gratitude, the new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denominational children's curriculum, is available. Take a look at the full curriculum in the Reigner Reading Room.