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Monday – Friday: 7 AM – 10 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 10 PM

Sunday: Closed

During semesters, the Library closes for Chapel services on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Check-outs stop and the Computer Lab shuts down 15 minutes before closing.

Archives & Special Collections Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 AM – 5 PM

During semesters, Archives & Special Collections closes for Chapel services on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

The Seminary Library is housed in the Emery B. Denny Building which was first constructed in 1958 to replace the Heck-Williams Building (1878) which was razed in 1957. It was dedicated and named in 1969 in honor of Dr. Emery B. Denny, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, former trustee, and a long time friend and supporter.  It underwent a major enlargement and renovation in 1977.  In 2008, the interior front area was renovated and redecorated and more renovations are slated for the near future.

The Library's collection includes more than 300,000 items including books, periodicals, music scores, music recordings and audiovisual materials, microforms, computer software, and Baptist documents. The Library currently subscribes to over 1,100 periodical titles. The microforms, containing approximately 95,000+ volumes of books, periodicals, and dissertations make the Library's collection strong in Early American and Early British materials, including important Baptist history resources.

The resources of the Library are augmented greatly by the proximity of excellent university libraries and by an increase in both the scope and degree of cooperation with these libraries and others throughout the nation. As a charter member of the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET), the Library participates in OCLC for cataloging and interlibrary loan. The Library also participates in the North Carolina Information Network.

The Seminary is funded primarily through the Southern Baptist Convention. In addition to funds allocated by the Southern Baptist Convention, the Library benefits from the generosity of many individuals and organizations as well as grants and endowments. Each year, a number of cash gifts are received for the purchase of books. There are eighty-four gifts of one thousand dollars or more, which provide endowment income for the "Memorial Book Shelves." Several gifts of private book collections have also added significantly to the Library's strength.

During the summer of 1995, the Library installed the Dynix Marquis Integral Library Automation System. This tool for bibliographical research enables all users to perform search and retrieve tasks via a personal computer.  The Library is now using the Horizon for it’s ILS and has expanded the library catalog for online access.

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s the library launched access to many electronic services. Internet access became available. The Library began subscribing to indexes in electronic format. Now the Library provides wi-fi access to patrons throughout the building, subscribes to over ten online databases, provides access to over 5,000 ebooks and delivers print materials to faculty offices.

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