April 18, 2018
A good theological library is essential to the thinking, writing, preaching, and leading ministry professional. Andover Newton’s Boston-area alumni/ae have expressed concern about losing borrowing privileges at Trask Library once the school has vacated the Newton campus.
Library Director Nancy Lois has worked with other Boston Theological Institute library directors to secure continuing borrowing privileges for Andover Newton alumni/ae. Beginning May 21, 2018, Andover Newton Theological School alumni/ae residing or working in the greater Boston area will be granted borrowing privileges at no cost to them at:
- Andover-Harvard Theological Library at Harvard Divinity School
- School of Theology Library at Boston University
- Goddard Library at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton
- Bruce Jackson Memorial Library at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Roxbury
Local area clergy will also continue to enjoy borrowing privileges at the Theology and Ministry Library at Boston College. We are grateful to the BTI libraries named for extending borrowing privileges to Andover Newton Theological School alumni/ae.
Alums willing to travel or residing in southern Connecticut can use the resources of the Yale Divinity School Library in house. The YDS Library invites the public to use its library whenever it is open, and different levels of subscription borrowing privileges are available to local scholars depending on their library needs. Interested Andover Newton alums should email the YDS Library Director, Dr. Steve Crocco, to learn what levels of access are available to them.
YDS also boasts a Ministry Resource Library organized around the needs of faith communities. Both individual and institutional memberships are available. Alums: please contact Sarah Drummond if you believe you would make use of the Ministry Resource Center if Andover Newton provided an institutional membership. If the interest level is strong, this is a service Andover Newton and YDS’s Library leaders will be happy to support.
Alumni/ae without easy access to the greater Boston or southern Connecticut areas are encouraged to borrow theology and religion books through the interlibrary loan service at their local public libraries. Many theological libraries across the country participate in interlibrary loan and loan for free to public libraries. Andover Newton alumni/ae everywhere will continue to enjoy online access to more than 300 religion and theology journals through the ATLAS for Alums database.