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Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives:
A Guide to Resources in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia

Table of Contents - Preface/Acknowledgements - Abbreviations
Lists of Entries: District of Columbia - Maryland - Virginia

Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) Library

Address: 215 67th St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451-0595
Telephone Number: (757) 428-3588 ext: 7141
Contact Persons: Laura Hoff, Library Manager

Access Policies

Hours of Service:
Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Open to the public: Yes
Photocopying:: Yes

A fee is charged for photocopying. Reference materials do not circulate through interlibrary loan.

Reference Policy:
The A.R.E Library serves the needs of A.R.E. members, Atlantic University and Cayce/Reilly School of Massage students, and the general public.
Borrowing Privileges:
Borrowing privileges are for A.R.E. members only.
Background Note:
Founded in 1931, the A.R.E. consists of a global community of people from all walks of life and spiritual traditions who have found meaningful and life-transformative insights from the readings of Edgar Cayce. It offers conferences and educational activities to people of every age. Programs focus on such topics as holistic health, dreams, reincarnation, ESP, the power of the mind, meditation, and personal spirituality.
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Description of Collections

Books and monographs:
75,000 books from the 19th century to the present. The basic collection covers Christianity, comparative religion, and mythology, with special emphases including theosophy, anthroposophy, Christian Science, mysticism, miracles, Jesus Christ, Unity, the American metaphysical movement, meditation, and prayer.

The Library has an in-house electronic catalog.

Periodicals and newspapers:
15 titles, 164 volumes published in the 20th century. Highlights of this collection include religion and psychical research, religion and metaphysics, and religion and mysticism.

The Hampton Roads Union List of Serials (1996 edition) acts as a finding aid for this collection.

Electronic Resources: .
Edgar Cayce Readings on CD-Rom

Special Collections:
The Andrew Jackson Davis collection highlights this man’s amazing similarities to Edgar Cayce. A 19th century psychic known as the Poughkeepsie seer, Davis wrote 33 different books, which are all included in this collection along with other personal items and correspondence.

The Egerton Sykes collection includes over 6,000 books, magazines, pamphlets, photos, slides, tapes, personal letters, unpublished manuscripts, and newspaper clippings, including volumes in 15 languages on a dazzling variety of subjects—particularly anything having to do with the lost civilization of Atlantis—an ancient civilization covered at length in the Cayce readings.

Subject Headings

Angels; Antiquities; Bible; Buddhism; Cayce, Edgar, 1877-1945; Christian Science; Comparative religion; Death--Religious aspects; Folklore; Hinduism; Indians of North America--Religion; Judaism; Magic; Meditation; Mythology; Prayer; Prophecy; Reincarnation; Spiritual development; Spiritual healing; Spiritualism; Supernatural; Symbolism; Theosophy


"Old Age to New Age: Association for Research and Enlightenment Library." Virginia Librarian Vol. 35, no.1 (January-February-March 1989): pp. 9-10.

"Segment Four: a Library of Psychic Dimension." Sally Florian, Producer, in Library Video Magazine [Video recording], Vol. 4, no. 2 (Summer 1990).

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