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explore and experience rituals that nourish our souls, give life to our missions, and express our deepest and most significant communal values.
reconsider the significance of ritual for marking time.
recognize again the power of ritual for justice and protest—and for injustice.
broaden our understanding of ritual to include our environment and our companion creatures.
In this guide, you will find information about the library including:
Library services for alums and the public
Phillips alums and special borrower library card forms
The Beasley Rare Book Room
About the Library
The library enhances the mission of Phillips Theological Seminary to cultivate vital communities, vital conversations, and the public good by providing resources and services that support the work and interests of the faculty, the students of Phillips, and the larger public.
We also provide assistance to:
professional & lay religious leaders
students from other schools of religion or seminaries
all other visitors
Phillips is an ecumenically-oriented institution & the library's collections reflect the non-sectarian mission of the school. The library's focus is on the core materials necessary for Christian ministerial education, critical thinking, historical understanding & ethical judgment.
Our library collections comprise holdings of approximately 100,000 items, making it the largest graduate theological library in the region extending from Dallas to Kansas City & St. Louis to Denver. It serves as an important resource for theological students, religious professionals & researchers in the area.
The circulating library is housed primarily in the Main Library Stacks. Circulating materials less frequently used are shelved in our compact storage area. Most of the Reference, Course Reserves & selected preaching materials are kept in the Reading Room to facilitate access & ease of use. Most of our journals are available online. Current print copies of several journal issues & magazines are displayed in an area of comfortable seating.