Graduate Theological Union

Library Director's Office

Staff:

Robert Benedetto, Library Director
649-2540

Caryl Woulfe, Assistant to the Director
649-2541

Welcome to the GTU library!  The library houses the most extensive collection of theological materials in the western states.  The nine schools of the Graduate Theological Union organized the library in 1969, when they began to pool their library resources in order to create a common research library.  The library building was designed by Louis Kahn, the architect of “light.”   Click here to discover more about the history of the library.

The library director’s office is responsible for all of the operations of the library, including its public and technical services.  In order to ensure that these services meet the changing needs of users, the library welcomes ideas and suggestions of students, faculty, alumni, member school staff, and community patrons.  The library staff is pleased to serve the GTU community and will do everything in their power to assist users in their study and research.  Please let us know how we are doing.

The library director’s office is also responsible for all library events and programs, several of which are open to the public.  The library hosts an annual book sale, an annual “Reading of the Sacred Texts” lecture and reception, art exhibitions, and other special programs and events. 

Book Donations and Annual Book Sale   The library gladly receives book donations. Donated books are evaluated by library staff and are either added to the circulating collection or put into the annual book sale that benefits the library acquisitions program. The library book sale is held on October 1.

Annual Library Lecture   The “Reading of the Sacred Texts” is the library’s premier lecture series. This annual event has been well-received by audiences for almost 20 years. Recent speakers include internationally-known playwright Luis Valdez and acclaimed Hebrew Bible translator Robert Alter.

Visiting Scholars Program   The library welcomes visiting scholars from around the world who come to the GTU to study, teach, and write. Visiting scholars are approved by the dean’s office and receive a library card and access to library collections. Scholars whose work has been approved by the dean may contact the library director’s office to inquire about a private study carrel.  Private study carrels are in great demand; early arrangements are the best way to secure a study carrel. Two carrels are also available for visitors using our special collections.

Art Exhibitions   The library director’s office works with the GTU art curator and with the Center for Arts, Religion and Education (CARE), to host three art exhibitions during the year: one in the fall, one in the spring, and one in the summer.  The fall and spring exhibitions also include a lecture and opening reception that draw large crowds.  These exhibitions are planned one or more years in advance. Artists interested in displaying their work in the library should contact the library director’s office.

Special Library Exhibits   The display cases in the library rotunda also come under the purview of the library director’s office.  When not used by artists, library staff arrange displays related to various topics in theology and religion. These exhibits often make use of rare library materials.

GTU Faculty Publications   The library periodically compiles a list of faculty publications. With over 100 faculty, and the largest doctoral program in the United States, this list is the best way to know what is being studied and published by GTU scholars in the fields of religion and theology.

To make a suggestion or to comment on library programs or services, to reserve a library carrel for a visiting scholar, or to submit a proposal for an art exhibit, e-mail Caryl Woulfe, Assistant to the Library Director.  To donate books to the library, e-mail Clay Edward Dixon, Head of Collection Development.

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