John E. Biersdorf Library 

Welcome to the official website for the John E. Biersdorf Library at Ecumenical Theological Seminary.  The library houses an impressive collection of over 30,000 materials including books, serials, pieces of music, and archival materials.  The Biersdorf Library is also a social hub on the campus of Ecumenical Theological seminary because it is a place where students feel free to research, study, and interact with their fellow students.  We operate the Coffee Cafe, which provides coffee, tea, and hot chocolate to students for a donation.  The library is also known for attracting student with a large bowl of candy.  Pop and water is available from our cooler for $.75.  


The John E. Biersdorf Library is named for ETS's first Dean and President. Active collection development began in 1995 with approximately 3,000 donated books. With the support of many donors throughout the metropolitan area, the collection has now grown to approximately 25,000 books and 100 journal subscriptions. Most especially, the library has benefited from the McGregor Fund's generous financial support.

The Library is rapidly building collection specializations in African-American Christianity, Islamic Studies, Black theology and the historic Black churches, urban ministry in the 21st century, and feminist and womanist theology. Other strengths of the collection are in Biblical studies, historical theology, contextual theology, preaching, worship, prayer, spiritual care and counseling, church administration and leadership, and American cultural and religious history.

Book Donations

ETS can only accept donations that are current works - 2000 or later. To arrange delivery of books contact Joshua Pikka by email at

Mail: Library Services
Ecumenical Theological Seminary
2930 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48209


Phone: (313) 831-5200, ext. 222

Please forward a list of the books and publication date prior to your delivery date.  Books should be brought in closeable boxes weighing no more than thirty pounds each.  Please do not bring books in bags.


ETS uses the MLA citation style for submitted Masters work.  This website is a helpful resource for learning the MLA style rules.

ETS uses the APA citation style for submitted Doctoral work.  This website is a helpful resource for learning the APA style rules.


    Library Hours of                    Operation: 

Monday - Thursday: 9:30 am to 9:00 pm 

Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday