The King’s Library began in 1987 with the purchase of an 8,000 volume biblical collection from the Reverend Dick Mills. Much of this theological collection had been obtained from areas throughout Europe. The Mills’ collection provided the core of the library resources for The King’s Institute begun that year. With the transition of the institute to a four-year college in 1997 and the preparation for the opening of a graduate/professional theological seminary, the collection underwent major expansion in 1997-1999 to over 125,000 volumes. During this time the library was converted to the Library of Congress classification system. In the fall of 2000 The King’s Library converted to an OPAC (online public access catalog) and is now accessible via the Internet. In the summer of 2001, the library acquired the 47,000 volume collection of the International School of Theology, an ATS accredited institution. In 2003-2004 The King’s acquired an additional 12,000 volumes. This addition increased the collection to well over 170,000 volumes.
Students today have at their disposal: a thirty-two-station computer lab, which includes the Logos Bible System; eleven computers, accessing The King’s Library OPAC, Proquest, FirstSearch, Religious & Theological Abstracts, BibleWorks 5, Gramcord, and Religious & Theological Abstracts; and a microform reader.
The King’s collection is rich in scholarly works with strengths in Biblical studies and theology. The Library is designed to assist you to develop as a servant leader under the direction of the Holy Spirit. The library staff welcomes the opportunity to serve you, and they appreciate any input you can provide to make our library better.
Current students or alumni of The King’s may use The King’s Library and borrow materials. They must possess a valid ID card in order to check out materials. Students from other schools with reciprocal agreements with The King’s may also use the library, but need to check-in at the circulation desk on the fourth floor.
Non-students may obtain a library card valid for one year at the circulation desk for a fee of $25.
If The King’s Library does not own an item, whether it is a book or periodical, we can make a request through inter-library loan. This service makes available to the student millions of titles through OCLC. Borrowing periods vary, as do borrowing fees. The late fee on I.L.L. materials is $1.00 per day. The King’s Library will make every effort to minimize any cost for inter-library loan service. However, the fees may be anywhere from no charge to as much as $20 per item at some institutions. Patrons of The King’s who borrow items from other schools through the I.L.L service should remember that they are representatives of the body of Christ as it is represented at The King’s University, and, as such, must treat the policies of these schools as those of The King’s University.
The following databases are accessed through The King’s Library web site, and can be searched from anywhere in the world where there is Internet access. Each of these databases has a login and password. The patron must contact the librarian for this information.
Proquest provides indexing, abstracting, and many full-text articles for not only religious periodicals (journals and magazines), but for periodicals in the fields of the humanities, psychology, and multicultural studies (over 3,850 titles).
FirstSearch indexes over 1,400 journal titles. The index lists basic bibliographic information. In addition to indexing, this service now provides full text articles in approximately thirty journal titles.
Religious & Theological Abstracts abstracts over 400 journal titles. You can do a similar search as with FirstSearch, but will always receive an abstract (synopsis) with each "hit."