For over 175 years, the mission of the Library and Archives at Meadville Lombard Theological School has been to acquire and provide access to information resources that document the history, theology, culture, and people of Unitarianism, Universalism, and Unitarian Universalism specifically and religion more broadly. We continue this work by serving not only our students and faculty, but all the communities with which we are in relationship. Understanding that the task of information services is fundamentally a work for justice, we strive to create resources and services that provide our patrons the information and tools for self-reflection and exploration of the world and how they relate to it, that inspire and promote individual and societal change.
The Library and Archives at Meadville Lombard Theological School specifically serves the mission of the school by supporting students and faculty in their teaching, learning, and research through providing both physical and digital access to current, useful, and relevant information resources and services.
Current: The Library and Archives continually acquires new material, reflecting current scholarship, events, and changes to the curriculum. Information services and policies are frequently iterated and updated based on current best practices in theological education and librarianship.
Useful: Information resources and services are easily accessible and tailored to support Meadville Lombard’s curriculum. Librarians are accessible to patrons and able to provide timely reference, instruction, and other academic support. Librarians collaborate with faculty in curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation.
Relevant: Information resources and services reflect students' and faculty’s research interests and needs. The library and archives contain material and provides services that reflect students' identities and aids in their formation and personal growth.