The William Smith Morton Library, completed in 1996, is a spacious facility built in keeping with Union-PSCE´s historic landmark campus. At the same time, the new facility incorporates our computer network and other electronic technologies.
Our seminary library is one of the nation´s finest resources for studies in theology, Bible, and church history. The primary mission of the library is to support instruction at the three institutions that comprise the Richmond Theological Consortium. These are the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, and Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education. In addition to library holdings, RTC students have access to more than two million volumes in collections made available by the institutions that participate in the Richmond Academic Library Consortium. The library also participates in the Washington Theological Consortium, VIVA/VICULA, and the American Theological Library Association.
The book collection numbers more than 300,000 volumes and grows at a rate of about 5,500 volumes per year. The library receives more than 1,300 periodicals and scholarly journals. This major research library, with strengths in Presbyterian history, theology, and biblical studies, houses the collections of Dr. George Gunn (Scots history, literature, and theology), Dr. H.H. Rowley (Old Testament), Dr. Gotthold Muller (19th and 20th century German theology and philosophy with Reformed and Lutheran writings), Dr. Thomas F. Torrance (Patristics, Calvin, and other Reformed materials) and Dr. John Bright (Old Testament and Ancient Near East).
The Media Resources Center is located on the second floor of the library. It houses a great variety of non-print materials and a large collection of teaching materials and curricula. The audio-visual holdings of Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education were combined in the early 1970s, which resulted in a more centralized collection of media for students, faculty, and community patrons. The integration of print and non-print items is significant in theological libraries and greatly enhances the library's service to the community.
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