About the Library


Message from the Library Director

The Library at Eden Theological Seminary performs a crucial function in the educational program of the institution. Individuals like us have been discussing God, what to believe and how to live our lives since the beginning of humanity. These conversations are captured in print and digital forms in libraries around the world. At Eden, we provide students and the faculty access to these recorded conversations to inform and ground the on-going conversations of today - those taking place in Eden classrooms, over lunch in the Commons, in the congregatons served by Eden students and graduates, and in the broader public debates of our society. Being a partner in the important continuing conversations of our time, and participating in those conversations occurring at Eden, is challenging and life giving. Come, join in the Conversation.

Michael Boddy, Library Director 

The Luhr Library's Mission

The Webster-Eden Library System (Emerson Library and Luhr Reading & Reference Library) supports Eden Theological Seminary's mission of educating pastors and teachers, enlivening critical reflection on faith, and encouraging Christian discipleship by providing access to historical and current theological scholarship relevant to teaching, research, learning and ministry.

Webster-Eden Library System

The Webster-Eden Library System, 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 this cooperative arrangement is to support the teaching, research and intellectual activities 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, provides appropriate information resources and services for the institutions' students, faculty and staff. Information resources of particular interest to the Eden community include a broad range of research resources in religion, theology and cognate fields. Shared library functions include acquisitions, serials, cataloging, systems, inter-library loan and collection development.

The Webster-Eden Library System provides access to a wide range of resources, including:

  • 175 online databases
  • 40,500 electronic journals, magazines and newspapers
  • an indexing and abstracting system for over 30,000 journals
  • indexing for over 450,000 U.S. government publications
  • 12,500 streaming videos

The combined collections of Eden Theological Seminary and webster University total more than 300,000 volumes and more than 1,000 current periodical subscriptions.

The Webster-Eden 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 Archives of the Evangelical Synod of North America are on the lower level of the S.D. Press Education Center. 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.

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