The Library is the intellectual heart of our seminary community, serving as the chief academic resource for the students and faculty of Mid-America. In addition to the circulating collection of books, the reference and special collections, and the bound periodicals, the library has a number of resources—primarily computer databases, A/V materials, microforms, and other digitized information—that well serve the cause of theological education. We continue to develop the collection in support of our primary goal: preparing men for gospel ministry in the Reformed and Presbyterian churches.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library: A digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books selected for edification and education.
Project Gutenberg: Thousands of free online books.
Worldcat: Holdings from over 10,000 libraries worldwide. More sophisticated search options are available if you search WorldCat on the Indiana Inspire web site (it’s listed as “OCLC WorldCat”).
ATLAS*: ATLAS is an online collection of major religion and theology journals selected by leading religion scholars and theologians. Users can read articles or research the history of a topic from as early as 1924 to the present. Currently, researchers are able to use ATLAS as a search tool to retrieve images of the pages in more than one-hundred different journals.
* This database is available only to currently enrolled students and seminary alumni. See the Associate Librarian for the password.
Religious and Theological Abstracts*: Summaries of articles appearing in scholarly journals in the fields of Religion and Theology.
* This database is available only to currently-enrolled students. See the Associate Librarian for the password.
Indiana Inspire (free registration required): Indiana’s Virtual Library, available to any state resident. For journal articles, select Academic Search Premier. The database indexes approximately 280 theology journals; a number of them have full-text coverage.
Christian Reformed Church Periodical Index (CRCPI): Over 100,000 bibliographic citations for the Banner and other CRC-related publications.
Calvinism Resources Database: Articles, essays, lectures dealing with John Calvin and Calvinism. Maintained by the H. Henry Meeter Center.
The Post-Reformation Digital Library: A collection of resources relating to the development of theology during the Post-Reformation / Early Modern era (ca. 16th-18th c.). Maintained by the H. Henry Meeter Center.
The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University: A comprehensive, fully-searchable, critical, annotated online edition of the papers of Jonathan Edwards, a corpus of some 100,000 pages of sermons, notebooks, letters, and treatises. It is integrated with Scripture citations, primary sources--referenced by Edwards--and relevant scholarly books and articles.
Princeton Theological Seminary’s Digital Collections: More than 150,000 digital pages of monographs and serials, in addition to portraits and photographs. Also see PTS Research Centers.
Perseus Digital Library: Online collection covering the history, literature, and culture of the Greco-Roman World. Includes both texts (original language and translations) and digital images.
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Entries from specialized philosophers around the internet.
When classes are in session:
M-Th: 8:00 am – 9:00pm
F: 8:00 am – 4:30pm
S: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Closed on the Lord’s Day
M-Th: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
F: 8:00 am - noon
Closed on holidays observed by the Seminary
The Mid-America Reformed Seminary Library primarily serves current students, faculty, alumni, and board members. The Theological Librarian may also grant access to local pastors. Only current students and faculty are able to use resources such as online databases, interlibrary loan, and wireless internet access.
The use of library materials will not be extended to students from other institutions, whether enrolled in traditional or online programs.
Books may be renewed in person but you may also email or call the Associate Librarian.
The library has a printer/photocopier available for student use. The general public may use the machine for making photocopies of Library materials such as journal articles or reference book entries. For photocopying jobs that are unrelated to the Seminary’s theological collection, you are asked to make use of the copiers at the Lake County Public Library or a commercial copying source.
When printing, choose the machine called “Océ.” Both photocopies and prints cost five cents ($0.05 per page; double-sided cost $0.10/page) for students, ten cents ($0.10 per page; double-sided cost $0.20/page) for non-students. You can make single or double-sided copies, with or without staples – ask for help at the circulation desk. Students may fill out a charge sheet and will be billed for their copies; all other patrons must pay for their copies in the Business Office.
The Library uses Library of Congress Classification. Use the following guide for browsing:
A: General Works
B: Philosophy and Religion
BS: Bible and Exegesis
BT: Doctrinal Theology
BV: Practical Theology
BX: Denominations and sects
H: Social Science
P: Philology and Literature
All books in the main collection (no call number prefix) may be checked out, in addition to audio-visual materials (call numbers starting with “AV”) and items from the Christian Education section (call numbers starting with “CRL”). Reference books, journals (bound or paper copies), indexes, and books from the Reformed Heritage Collection may not be checked out or removed from the library.
You’ll be charged the amount necessary to both replace and process another copy. Your borrowing privileges will be suspended until the necessary fees are paid.
Rev. Alan D. Strange, Theologian Librarian
Professor of Church History | Registrar | Theological Librarian
Mr. Bart Voskuil
Mid-America Reformed Seminary Library
229 Seminary Drive
Dyer, IN 46311
Phone: 219.864.2400 x414