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John Smyth Library

The Library’s main specialisation area is Baptist and Anabaptist Studies. We hold important series such as Studies in Baptist History and Thought by Paternoster, and Centre for Baptist History and Heritage Studies by Regent’s Park College as well as many monographs by past and current Baptist scholars, including MA and PhD theses by (former) staff and students of IBTS.

The Centre’s other two areas of specialisation are Mission and Practice and the library serves both areas with a strong back catalogue and commitment to continual purchase of key texts in these areas.


Special collections include: the Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series, published by Regnum Books International, an imprint of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, which provides a current perspective on mission worldwide; the Baptisten Seminarium Collection, a collection of about 1,500 titles in Dutch that support the curriculum of the Dutch Baptist Seminary; the International Society of Science and Religion (ISSR) collection consisting of 224 books spanning all important areas and disciplines. Information on ISSR can be found at http://www.issrlibrary.org .


Electronic resources are a vital part of the provision for research and study at a distance. To facilitate our students, the Library has joined the Digital Theological Library, an extensive and growing online resource. We also subscribe to the ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials.


The librarian, Pieter van Wingerden, is happy to provide further information on specific items and elements of the collection. He can be contacted at librarian@ibts.eu


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