Visiting the Library
Princeton Theological Seminary Library
*Relating to Special Collections in the library
The entrance exhibit of the library celebrates the 300th anniversary of the birth of
British evangelist George Whitefield, one of the most noted preachers of his day and a
key figure in the “Great Awakening” of the mid-18th century. Of particular note, the
exhibit features the personal journal of Whitefield, kept between October 17, 1744 and
August 7, 1746. It also contains a copy of the first edition of the autobiographical
account of his early life and the beginnings of his ministry, published in 1740, and of
a hymnal he compiled in 1756.
Around the corner is a small exhibit dedicated to the Fifty Year Class of 1964. Along
with their graduation photograph and the report on the event there is a reproduction
from the final page of that year’s Wineskin. This publication, begun by members of the
Class of 1964, is still put out today (albeit now in digital form) as the main Seminary
current events publication that continues to keep us all informed as to what is going on
at the Seminary. The next two windows feature two Seminary-related persons, both born
100 years ago in 1914. The first is dedicated to Bruce Manning Metzger, the noted
Biblical scholar and beloved George L. Collard Professor of New Testament Language and
Literature. The second is dedicated to William H. Scheide, our Emeritus Trustee and a
good friend and neighbor of the Seminary, who still lives just down the block on Library
Place here in Princeton.
The main concourse exhibit features antiquities from the private collection of Professor
James H. Charlesworth. The exhibit gallery on the first floor of the North Wing displays
portraits of some of our most prominent nineteenth century professors, as well as
portraits of each of the Seminary’s past presidents. The cases in the room illustrate
the life and ministry of Sheldon Jackson, born in 1834 and one of the most colorful of
the Seminary’s nineteenth century graduates. A missionary to the American West and
Alaska, among his many noteworthy achievements was the introduction of reindeer to
Alaska to help feed and clothe the native Inuit population.
The second floor of the library features a room dedicated to the Presbyterian heritage in
Korea and its connections with our Seminary and on the opposite side of the building a
case with religious artifacts from around the world. Many of them were gathered in the
earlier part of the 20th century as part of the Zwemer Museum on world missions which
was located in Stuart Hall from the 1930s through the 1950s. Some of the African
artifacts were the gift of former Princeton Seminary Trustee Fred Christian and his wife
Eva. The third floor Scholar Commons has a photo exhibit celebrating the presence of
women at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Café is open in the Library
We are all excited about the new library building, part of Princeton Theological
Campaign. And now, the Office of Housing and Auxiliary Services and Princeton
Theological Seminary Library are pleased to announce that the café in the library
is now open. Enjoy fresh brewed coffee, lattes, iced coffee, frozen drinks, salads,
sandwiches and other tasty items available for purchase Monday through Friday
8am-7:30pm and Saturday 8am-noon.
Maps and Directions
Please visit the Maps
and Directions page for more information, including shelving locations, as well
as areas with study tables and soft seating options throughout the new building.
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