The JKM Library is one of the seminary’s most valuable educational resources. The collection is a merger of the collections of the libraries of McCormick Theological Seminary, Lane Theological Seminary, and the library which resulted from the merger of several seminaries to form the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. The collection has been further enhanced by ecumenical collaboration from 1970 until 1981 the Jesuit School of Theology at Chicago. Students and faculty benefit from the strength of this cooperative library which contains more than 433,000 items, access to over 4,700 on-line full-text databases and over 460 domestic and foreign periodicals, making it one of the largest free-standing theological collections in the United States. 85% of the collection is accessible via its on-line catalog accessible via the internet at www.jkmlibrary.org.
However, the most important resource of the JKM library is its staff: six professional, two paraprofessional, and several dedicated student (often Ph.D.) workers. JKM emphasizes the instructional role of libraries, providing classroom and workshop instruction as well as the more traditional one-on-one reference service. We encourage your questions and requests.
The wide range of patron services provided by JKM includes wireless internet service, available patron pc’s and “check-outable” laptops, online database searching, interlibrary loan, research instruction, access to JKM’s many on-line databases (including ATLAS and many Ebsco offerings) both on and off campus, and instruction in conjunction with the LRWC (Language Resource and Writing Center).
Through direct borrowing or by using a courier system, students and faculty may borrow materials from all of the member libraries of Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS). The shared library resources of ACTS total approximately 2 million volumes and 12,000 current periodical titles.
In addition, Hyde Park is a remarkable place to study because of the many libraries within walking distance of the seminary. These include the Joseph Regenstein Library and the John Crerar Library of the University of Chicago, where seminary faculty and students have borrowing privileges, as well as the libraries. Of the Catholic theological Union, Chicago Theological Seminary and Meadville/Lombard. Students and faculty are also encouraged to make use of the large number of libraries in Chicago that grant reader or borrowing privileges, such as the Newberry Library (with whom JKM has a special partnership, as McCormick’s rare materials are housed there on irrevocable loan and associated Newberry membership), the Asher Library of the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, and the Chicago Public Library.
Rare Book and Manuscript Collections
In 2008 McCormick entered into an innovative partnership with the world-renowned Newberry Library: approximately 2035 rare books (650 of which came from Lane Theological Seminary) moved to the Newberry on irrevocable deposit, joining that library’s 1.5 million rare books, 5 million manuscript pages, and 500,000 maps. Researchers may access any of McCormick’s rare volumes, or any from Newberry’s larger collection, by simply presenting themselves at the Newberry Library. In addition, the JKM Library houses several significant LSTC-owned collections. Among them are materials pertaining to biblical archeology, papyri from Oxyrhyncus (Egypt), manuscript codices from the 10th through the 13th centuries (including an entire New Testament, individual gospels, and gospel lectionaries), early printed materials, Luther manuscript letters and printed works, Swedish and German hymnals, several original editions of Luther’s German Bible and many 16-century treatises and pamphlets. Scholars may use these collections by making arrangements with Ralph Klein, LSTC Rare Books Curator. Also housed at JKM is the Institute for Syriac Manuscript Studies (The Arthur Vööbus Collection on Film), photographs of thousands of valuable manuscripts from the Syriac tradition. In 2005 LSTC entered into an agreement with the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in which the Institute took on the administrative responsibilities related to this archive including plans to digitize and complete the cataloging of the collection. All inquiries should be directed to Stuart Creason, Research Associate, the Oriental Institute at email@example.com .
All of JKM’s policies and procedures, services, hours, links to its databases, and other online resources can be found on the library’s website at www.jkmlibrary.org which library staff update daily. The website also allows online reservation and renewal of materials, and facilities communication with reference librarians from off campus (the “Ask a Librarian” feature, especially handy in the evenings and on weekends). The website is the library’s “one stop shopping” place for on and off-campus