While the primary purpose of our library is academic, by virtue of its unique collection of materials on the Orthodox Church, it is also a research and special collections library. The library must not only collect materials needed by the patrons, but must anticipate the needs of patrons in twenty, thirty, or fifty years from now. Our acquisitions budget plays a big role in developing the collection with current theological literature, but we welcome donations of personal libraries from anyone.
The library accepts donations of theological books in good physical condition. We will send a letter acknowledging the donation for tax purposes and provide a list of items in the donation if needed. Selections will be made from the donation for the St. Vladimir's Seminary Library. Items not needed at St. Vladimir's will be distributed to other Eastern Orthodox libraries: St. Herman Seminary (Kodiak, AK), St. Nersess Armenian Seminary (New Rochelle, NY), St. Tikhon’s Seminary (S. Canaan, PA), Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary (Brookline, MA) and Antiochian Village Library (Ligonier, PA).
Here is a list of some personal libraries that were donated to our library over the years:
|Donations from former faculty||Donations from alumni, clergy, and laymen|
|Dr. Georges Barois||Ivan Michaelson Czap|
|Alexander Bogolepov||Fr. John Leonard|
|Dr. John Boojamara||John Kolchin|
|Fr. John Erickson||Fr. Paul Lutov|
|Fr. Georges Florovsky||Metropolitan Makary|
|Fr. Thomas Hopko||Dr. Jaroslav Pelikan|
|Veselin Kesich||A. Photius Pentikis|
|Archbishop Peter L'Hullier||Fr. Anthony Repella|
|Fr. John Meyendorff||Fr. Stephen Upson|
|Dr. Nicholas Ozerov||Fr. Alexander Warneke|
|Fr. Alexander Schmemann|
Also, if you would like to make a direct donation to the library please look at our Amazon wishlist. Current patrons can also make purchase suggestions by logging into their library accounts.