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Emmaus Bible College Library is accredited as part of the Sydney College of Divinity’s resource centre. We are members of ANZTLA (Australian and New Zealand Theological Library Association) and the Brethren Archivists’ and Historians’ Network

The Emmaus library forms part of a larger SCD library network for theological study. Emmaus library is available for public use by any who wants to use it – including borrowing – at a cost of $30/year.

Arrangements can also be made for external borrowers, interstate or even overseas.

Emmaus Bible College Library subscribes to the following databases through EBSCO:

ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®) with ATLASerials® (ATLAS®) combines the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion with ATLA's online collection of major religion and theology journals. The ATLA Religion Database includes more than 620,000 article citations from more than 1,746 journals (575 currently indexed), more than 250,000 essay citations from over 18,000 multi-author works, more than 570,000 book review citations, and a growing number of multimedia citations. In ATLASerials, full text is provided for more than 380,000 electronic articles and book reviews. This database is produced by the American Theological Library Association.

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods. This is the world's largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 400 journals. 

Religion & Philosophy Collection™ provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. With more more than 300 full text journals, the Religion & Philosophy Collection is an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies.

Through this subscription, currently the following database is also available free of charge.

GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

Our membership of and participation in the activities of the Australian and New Zealand Theological Library Association (ANZTLA) also allows us access to the Australasian Religion Index (ARI), an author and subject index covering over eighty religious and theological serials published in Australia or New Zealand (many of which are not indexed in any other index database). It indexes articles, notes and book reviews in religious studies and related fields and is indexed and edited by members of the Australian and New Zealand Theological Library Association Limited (ANZTLA Ltd). It began publishing in 1989. In 2008, the database became available as an online resource, and the online version contains the full contents of ARI from v.1 (1989) to the present.

Some statistics:

Holdings: approximately 11500 books and 120 journal titles of which 60 are current subscriptions. Also available are two online databases: ATLA (American Theological Libraries Association – abstracts) and ATLAS (Full text journal articles). The databases and library catalogue is available for remote access – upon registration.

The library holds a collection dedicated to the history and polity of the Brethren movement with works both historical and current; Brethren journals are kept in Archives as well as interspersed throughout the general collection.

Resources: The library has three computers with access to the library catalogue and databases and internet access. In addition electronic media including CD and video are available for loan.

Library Donations

Donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductible and there are several projects that you could sponsor.

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