The excellence of Mid-America’s academic education is augmented by the Seminary’s resources. The library houses a comprehensive collection of theological material. In addition to an extensive bibliographic collection, the use of modern technology provides a large audio-visual library and permits access to off-site resources. Both students and members of the Seminary’s constituency benefit from Mid-America’s regular publications, The Messenger, The Mid-America Journal of Theology, and E-notes, as well as from the Seminary’s bookstore.
The focal point of Mid-America’s attractive building is the sunny, spacious library. Its large windows and southern exposure brighten its open design. Comfortable seating and ample study stations enhance the inviting atmosphere. The library’s essence, however, is its collection. Approximately 40,000 volumes as well as over 6,500 bound reference and periodical volumes provide a solid theological resource center. Books and periodicals are carefully selected to meet the Seminary’s standards for Reformed excellence. In addition to on-site resources, students have access to Chicago area seminary and university libraries through interlibrary loan. The library also subscribes to a service that provides full text and search capability of thousands of important theological volumes.
Library holdings can be accessed on the Internet through an on-line public access catalog (at www.midamerica.edu). This user-friendly technology allows the entire collection to be searched from on or off campus.
The library contains a self-service checkout station, photocopier, printer, and study alcoves for students to use. Computer carrels feature up to date equipment loaded with several theological and religious databases.
A special part of the library is The Reformed Heritage Collection. It contains approximately 4,500 monographs, periodicals, pamphlets, and brochures of particular interest to the Reformed researcher, including a wide-ranging compilation of John Calvin’s works. The library also houses a collection of material relating to Cornelius Van Til.
Students find the library a congenial place to study, with a friendly staff that facilitates use of library resources.
Those students seeking additional instruction or doing specialized research will find a valuable resource in the Seminary’s audio-visual archive. This archive consists of approximately 5,000 cataloged sermons, speeches, and lectures.
The Seminary’s bookstore is open to the public, but it is operated primarily as a service for students. Here the student will find textbooks and materials related to Seminary courses, various new and used books of interest to the seminarian, supplies, and select promotional items. The bookstore occasionally offers publishers’ sales, providing students with an opportunity to increase their personal libraries.