BKSM/Grace Cathedral Library
Since its founding in 2013, the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry has been accumulating a substantial theological library through several generous benefactors. The library is housed in the upstairs lounge at Upton Place, but in a few short years, it has already outgrown its space.
In Fall 2016, BKSM and Grace Cathedral, Topeka decided to combine libraries. Today, BKSM and Grace Cathedral are pleased to offer a more comprehensive library, which will be made even more accessible with the completion of the new building project in Fall 2017. Thanks to the volunteer ministry of a professional librarian, LeRoy Dagg, the collections are in the process of being catalogued and will be available for online search in 2017.
BKSM’s collection consists approximately 2300 books to date. This includes 220 single volume Biblical commentaries. In addition, the reference section contains 23 commentary volumes.
The library has a wide range of books available to check out to assist BKSM students in preparing for class presentations and completing writing assignments and provides a wealth of resources to help students prepare to show proficiency in the six areas outlined by the canons of the Episcopal Church (Title III, Canon 7, Section 5a).
If you would like make a financial contribution to enhance BKSM library services, please contact the Very Rev. Dr. Don Compier, BKSM dean, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knowing that many BKSM students are not near a theological library, BKSM has for some time been trying to find the means to provide students access to the many online resources now available. However, the cost of a BKSM subscription to such a database was prohibitive.
Through the kindness of Nazarene Theological Seminary’s Center for Pastoral Leadership in Kansas City, MO, BKSM now offers students full access to all databases used in theological education for just $99 a year, per student. In addition, this program provides you with a library card, multiple copies of Microsoft Office, and a whole library of continuing education courses, among other benefits. This opportunity is available to anyone; not just to current BKSM students.
For more information or to sign up, visit cpl.nts.edu.
St. David’s Church Library, Topeka
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Topeka, also has an extensive church library that they will gladly make available to BKSM students. You can access their catalog by following this link: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/StDavids_GraceCath/allcollections
If you find a book you would like to borrow, please call the church office at (785) 272-5144 or email them at email@example.com for assistance.
Your Local Library
While the online resources through Nazarene Theological Seminary, combined with books located in Topeka, may be enough for many students, students are also encouraged to visit their local library to inquire about interlibrary loan assistance. With enough planning ahead, libraries even in the smallest of communities can acquire books to help you complete your coursework.