Webster-Eden Library System
The Webster-Eden Library System, originally established in 1969, is a cooperative program of Webster University and Eden Theological Seminary. It consists of Webster University's Emerson Library and Eden Theological Seminary’s Luhr Reading & Reference Library.The mission of the Webster-Eden Library System is to support the teaching, research, and intellectual pursuits of Eden Theological Seminary and Webster University. To achieve its mission, the Webster-Eden Library System, governed by the provisions of a joint agreement between both institutions and in accordance with the mission statements of the libraries of each school, provides appropriate information resources and services for the institutions' students, faculty, and staff.
This unique arrangement is a concrete expression of an imaginative and innovative spirit in higher education. Shared library functions, including acquisitions, serials, cataloging, systems, inter-library loan, and collection development are overseen by a Cooperative Library Advisory Board.
Library Resources for the Eden community
Eden Theological Seminary is proud to offer its students a technologically advanced library system that is jointly operated with nearby Webster University. The Eden-Webster Library System provides students and faculty a broad range of research resources in religion, theology, cognate fields and other disciplines. Eden and Webster students and faculty enjoy full library privileges at the Emerson Library on the Webster University campus.
The Eden-Webster Library System subscribes to more than 100 leased databases, including:
- 60 full-text databases
- 13,500 full-text journals covering all subject fields
- An indexing and abstracting system for over 30,000 journals
- Indexing for over 450,000 U.S. government publications
- Holdings records of over 40 million items in over 30,000 libraries worldwide
- Old Testament Abstracts
- New Testament Abstracts
- Catholic Periodical and Literature Index
- Religious and Theological Abstracts
The combined collections of Eden Theological Seminary and Webster University total more than 280,000 volumes and more than 1,500 current periodical subscriptions.
The Eden-Webster Library System is a member of MOBIUS, a state-wide consortium of academic libraries that maintains a common catalog and provides delivery service of requested materials to member libraries for patron use.
The Luhr Library’s rare book materials include the James I. Good Collection for Reformation Studies and Reformed Church History plus rare and illustrated Bibles. The Archives of the Evangelical Synod of North America are on the lower level of the S.D. Press Education Center.
n order to access these services, plus the Webster University, Eden students must obtain an ID card from Webster University
. Eden faculty and staff must also obtain a card