||Bridgewater, VA 22812
|| (540) 828-5482
|| Ruth Greenawalt,
|Hours of Service:
||7:45 a.m.--11:00 p.m.
||7:45 a.m.--5:00 p.m.
||9:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.
||3:00 p.m.--11:00 p.m.
|Open to the public:
Hours for holiday periods, summer sessions, and other special
occasions are posted at the library entrance. Certain materials
in special collections do not circulate on interlibrary loan.
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- Reference Policy:
- Telephone and mail reference questions are accepted. There are
no restrictions on who may request help.
- Borrowing Privileges:
- Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and local county residents
- OCLC, SOLINET, Shenandoah Valley Independent Colleges Cooperative,
VIVA, and Virginia Private College Libraries.
Holdings are listed in OCLC. OCLC searches may be done for
patrons at the librarian's discretion.
- Background Note:
- Founded by Daniel C. Flory in 1880.
- Books and monographs:
- Approximately 12,000 volumes with inclusive dates from the 1700s
to the present. Emphasis on Church of the Brethren materials.
The Special Collections has the largest Church of the Brethren
hymnal collection in existence. There is also a collection of
rare Bibles including a 1482 Venice Bible, Nuremberg Bibles, and
18th century Sauer Bibles.
The card catalog includes holdings added from 1880 to 1995.
The computer catalog includes about 60% of the total collections,
and everything added from 1977 to the present.
- Periodicals and newspapers:
- 45 periodical subscriptions and 90 titles related to religion
with inclusive dates from the 1800s to the present. Materials
relate primarily to the Church of the Brethren.
- Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
- 95 linear feet of archives relating to the Church of the Brethren.
These items were created primarily in the 20th century.
- 47 reels of microfilm relating to the Church of the Brethren.
- Videos and Sound Recordings:
- 20 films and videotapes with inclusive dates from the 1960s
to the present. Miscellaneous religious topics.
These items are listed in the card and computer catalogs.
- Vertical files:
- 1½ vertical files with inclusive dates from the 1800s to the
present on the Church of the Brethren.
The collection has an alphabetical listing of topics.
- Databases, CD-ROMS, and other machine-readable sources:
Bible; Church history; Church music; Church of the Brethren; Hymns
and hymnals; Missions and missionaries