Happy New Year and welcome back! With the new semester starting, we’ve had students stopping by, determined to get ahead in their classes and assignments. While setting goals for your semester, why not add “using all the resources the library has to offer” to your list?
No matter what classes you’re taking or where your research interests lie, going outside the box can open up new avenues of inquiry or make your study topics more tangible. Below are ways to take advantage of the well-known and not-so-well-known resources at the Keller Library.
Rare Books. Working on projects about world religions or the global spread of Christianity? Studying the history of the Church? The Library has extensive holdings (including translations!) in Books of Common Prayer and Bibles, religious tracts, and missionary documents, as well as books and manuscripts produced pre-printing.
Archives and Manuscripts. Looking for a first-person perspective in your research? Using our archival and manuscript collections offers access to papers, scrapbooks, photographs, and other materials. Archival materials offer a unique and one-of-a-kind perspective that can add depth to your research.
Sermons, Pamphlets, and Church Materials. Looking for historical perspectives or for ways to track how sentiment on certain issues has changed? Using church-related materials, including sermons and pamphlets, provides a fuller understanding of theological controversies or historical situations. The library houses thousands of pamphlets and sermons on as many topics.
Keep in mind that the library can provide access to items in print, digitally, and on microfilm. If you’re feeling stuck on a question or problem, using a new kind of resource may help to spark inspiration or redirect your line of questioning.
Looking to set up an appointment to see special collections materials? Contact the library staff.
We’re looking forward to seeing you in the library this semester!