The Wiggin Library has been a cornerstone of Meadville Lombard since its beginning in 1844. The library was founded by Frederic Huidekoper, son of our founder and Meadville Lombard's first professor and librarian, who put his personal library at the disposal of the institution. The Wiggin Library is now a technology focused center that is one of the foremost resources for the study of liberal religion. Our emphasis on technology has allowed us to work collaboratively with the greater world and share our collection, developing an innovative way to use and access our resources.
In addition to the many materials in Unitarian and Universalist history and theology, the library offers excellent resources in philosophy and nineteenth-century American culture and thought, as well as in comparative religion and social ethics. Meadville Lombard is focused on the future: our library collection now includes a number of resources for new areas of concern such as ecology, religion, and science.
The Wiggin Library contains over 40,000 volumes and 120 currently received periodicals, as well as dozens of runs of historical serials. Of particular value are our digitized Universalist perodicals, pamphlets, and archival materials that can be accessed through our Universalist Holdings website. We also boast papers and collections from some of our most prominent ministers, including: William Ellery Channing, Jenkin Lloyd Jones, A. Powell Davies, Charles Lyttle, Jack Mendelsohn, Kenneth Patton, Vincent B. Silliman, Arthur Foote, John Hayward, and Wallace Robbins.
The Meadville Lombard collection is open to all and can be accessed using our online catalog. We also encourage you to access the archival, manuscript, and religious education collections, which can be arranged by contacting a librarian. Information about accessing the Wiggin Library resources can be found in our Library Guide.
In addition to Meadville Lombard's own outstanding collection of resources, we collaborate with the University of Chicago and the libraries at other ACTS schools, to provide our students with extensive resources to enhance their studies.
About our Library Catalog
Our library catalog has searchable materials that have been aquired from 1979 to present, and selected, older, Unitarian Universalist materials. For most pre-1979 holdings, please contact the Library Assistant.
Currently, our manual setup of the circulation system does not allow the library staff to record online whether a book is checked out. All books in the electronic catalog will show as available. To confirm the status of a book, contact the library assistant.
The Wiggin Library subscribes to a number of electronic databases, which include access to WorldCat, a catalog of thousands of holding libraries across the globe, and various electronic journals. Search these databases at FirstSearch or EBSCO. Contact a librarian for username and password details.
For ACTS Students and Faculty
For UU Ministers and Directors/Ministers of Religious Education
For Meadville Lombard Alumni/ae
University of Chicago Library Access
ACTS Library Access
Journal of Liberal Religion