This is the main Web page of Emmanuel College Library, one of two libraries at Victoria University at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The other Library, the E. J. Pratt Library, has a broader remit. Emmanuel College is essentially a theological College within a church-related College (Victoria University) at the University of Toronto; it concentrates on the United Church of Canada. Collections reflect this focus on both the United Church of Canada and the World Council of Churches. They include; books; journals; pamphlets; electronic and audio visual materials in Theology and Religion. The Library also possesses resources on: the Bible; the History of Christianity; Worship; Pastoral Studies; Preaching; Christian Education; Church Music; and Christian Ethics. The site claims its documents will aid students in Theology; Religious Studies; Philosophy; and English Literature. The site has its own links page and refers users to relevant special collections on the following individuals and topics in the E. J. Pratt Library: Reuben Butchart; John Webster Grant; Ernest G. Clarke; Peter Jones; James Evans; A.H. Reynar; Erasmus; Wesleyana; and Northrop Frye. New titles recently acquired by the library are listed with full bibliographical information.
The website of the Federacja bibliotek kościelnych (Federation of Polish church libraries), or FIDES offers an excellent database of the holdings of fifteen or so church collections, including doctoral and masters' theses. The primary language of the site is Polish, but English translations of some material are available. In addition to the library catalogues, the site also offers a digital library, containing over a hundred works (mostly in Polish), and the Thesaurus of Ecclesiastical Scholarship, a glossary of key words in theology, available as a MAK database or as a PDF file. The site also hosts a variety of materials related to the activities of the Federation, including two lectures addressed to FIDES.
The home page for the J. R. Ritman Library (Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica) provides information about the library's collections and activities. This private library (unaffiliated to any university or other institution, but freely accessible to the public) houses materials relating to the Hermetic-Christian tradition (Hermeticism is a set of religious and philosophical beliefs based on a body of writings attributed to the mythical philosopher and alchemist, Hermes Trismegistus). Topics covered include: alchemy; mysticism; Rosicrucianism; and Hermetic philosophy. It is possible to search the library's catalogue online, and a digitisation project is underway, although at time of review the works were not yet available via the website. The site also offers a series of articles on subjects relating to the Hermetic tradition, a bibliography of other relevant works, and access to the library's online exhibitions.
The website of Lambeth Palace Library provides information about the principal library and record office for the history of the Church of England, which is also one of England's oldest public libraries. The site offers an overview of the library's holdings, plus information about facilities and services, and how to go about accessing the collections. Online access is provided to the library's printed book catalogue (listing over 130,000 works held by the library), the catalogue of archives and manuscripts, and the Church Plans Online database, which offers digitised images of over 13,000 plans. Details of the Church of England Record Centre are also given. A valuable site for those interested in the history of this branch of the church.
The website of the Ryan Memorial Library at St Charles Borromeo Seminary provides information on the library of the official seminary of the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The library holds over 134,000 volumes, and is rich in resources in theology and religious studies, with particular strengths in the areas of: philosophy; patristics; systematic and moral theology; and scripture. The catalogue can be searched online. The library also houses a number of special collections, including rare books; Catholic devotional literature; liturgical books; catechisms; holy cards; and almost 1500 video recordings. The online listing of the last may be a useful resource for those wishing to discover what audiovisual resources are available in this area.
The homepage of the Warburg Institute Library provides information on the collections of this impressive library that specialises mainly in the History of Art; Religion; Science; Philosophy; and Social and Political History. The library is particularly renowned for its holdings on the Renaissance and Humanism. With holdings of over 350,000 volumes, the Library, based in Central London, also has around 2,500 runs of periodicals. There is a complete microfiche edition of 4,800 pre-1800 volumes of the Cicognara collection in the Vatican Library. Another significant collection is the Holkham Hall Manuscripts, from the library of the Earls of Leicester, which contains classical, patristic and humanistic texts. The libraries of the Royal Numismatic Society and the British Numismatic Society are also housed at the Warburg. The website lists the subjects covered in the collections, links directly to the School of Advanced Study catalogue listings in that subject and displays the items held at the Warburg. Practical advice and information on using the library and access to collections are also provided.