John E. Biersdorf Library
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.
The Biersdorf Library also serves as a gateway to the wider world of information for research and study, by providing on-site and online access to the Internet and major database resources for ministry.
Library Hours of operation:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
The library has opened a Coffee Cafe. Coffee is avaliable for a donation. The library also sells soda pop and water for $.75 each. We also are known for attracting patrons with large bowls of candy. Please join us when you are in the building.
ETS can only accept donations that are current works - 2000 or later. To arrange delivery of books contact the library manager, Dianne van Marter:
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.