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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

Liberty University Library and Archive

Address: 1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Telephone Number, Reference: (434) 592-3362
Telephone Number, Archive: (434) 592-3891
Fax Number: (434) 582-2680
Contact Persons: Mr. Carl Merat, Dean
Mr. Randy Miller, Head of Reference and Instruction
Ms. Abigail Sattler, Archivist

Access Policies

Hours of Service, Main Library Print Collections*:
Monday--Thursday 7:00 a.m.--11:45 p.m..
Friday 7:00 a.m.--9:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m.--9:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m.--11:45 p.m.
Hours of Service, Archive**:
Monday--Friday 8:00 a.m.--3:00 p.m.
Open to the public: Yes
Photocopying:: Yes
Interlibrary loan, Main Collections: Yes
Interlibrary loan, Archive: No

All patrons are able to have access to all in-library services, with the following exceptions: non-University personnel must purchase a community library card in order to have borrowing privileges for book materials, and interlibrary loan will only be performed for University personnel.

*Hours subject to change during academic breaks and summer.
**Though not required, appointments should be arranged before visiting.

Reference Policy:
Reference is provided in person, by phone, and via e-mail. The Library tries to accommodate as many requests as possible.

Borrowing Privileges:
Borrowing privileges are available to staff and students of Liberty University. The public may borrow books if they purchase a community card. Archive materials do not circulate. All but a few online databases are accessible with the use of a visitor login and password via workstations located in the library.

OCLC, Lynchburg Metropolitan Area Cooperative, LYRASIS. Library holdings are listed in OCLC.

Background Note:
Founded by Jerry Falwell in 1971.
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Description of Collections

Books and monographs:

The University’s main collection includes approximately 60,000 cataloged items in the field of religion. Holdings are predominantly in the form of print books, but the library has accumulated significant electronic book resources since about 2000. The library’s collection is strongest in the areas of biblical studies and practical theology.  In recent years the library has increased its focus on systematic theology and church history.  Overall, areas of emphasis are consonant with the University’s Baptist, fundamentalist, and evangelical heritage.

Periodicals and newspapers:

The library provides access to content from thousands of religious and theological periodicals, mostly in electronic form. In order to provide optimal discovery opportunities for periodical literature, the library subscribes to a wide range of indexes, abstracts, and full-text databases.

Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
The University Archive contains the papers of Liberty University (founded in 1971). It also holds collections of materials relating to Thomas Road Baptist Church, the Jerry Falwell Ministries, the Moral Majority, and the Falwell Family. Approximately 380 linear feet. The collections were begun by Liberty University in the mid-1980s and include articles, miscellaneous letters, newspaper clippings, University and ministry publications, and other materials tracing the growth of the late Dr. Jerry Falwell's ministry and the history of Liberty University. Oral history interviews with Liberty University and Falwell Ministry-related persons are available. Currently the archive includes neither Falwell's personal papers nor the official records of the Moral Majority. Collection listings may be found at

Databases, CD-ROMS, and other machine-readable sources:
Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)
ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerial
Christian Periodical Index
Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts
New Testament Abstracts
Old Testament Abstracts
Oxford Biblical Studies Online
Oxford E-book Collection in Religion
ProQuest Religion
Religion Case Reporter
Religion and Philosophy Collection
Religious and Theological Abstracts
Research in Ministry Online
Routledge Religion Online
Theological Journal Library
Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN)

Subject Headings

Liberty University ; Religious right. ; Moral majority, Inc. ; Old Time Gospel Hour (Television program) ; Fundamentalism. ; Evangelicalism. ; Evangelistic work – Baptists. ; Thomas Road Baptist Church (Lynchburg, Va.) ; Television in religion – Virginia -- Lynchburg. ; Baptist Church--United States—History ; Falwell, Jerry, 1933-2007.

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