Collections of the JKM Library

The following collections comprise the hard-copy bibliographic resources of the JKM Library:

Stacks: shelved on the second and third floors of the LSTC west wing, the stacks comprise the vast percentage of the circulating book collection. Materials published before 1850 are designated as library-use only. Periodicals (in both hardcopy and microformat) are intershelved among the books but do not circulate. Materials published before 1850 are designated as library-use only. Call number ranges are as follows:

  • A through BS1192: 2nd floor
  • BS1192.5 through Z: 3rd floor

Dissertations: comprised of Ph.D./Th.D dissertations and doctor of ministry project-theses, dissertations are shelved on the third floor of the LSTC west wing and do not circulate. Copies of most Ph.D. disserations completed at LSTC are available for purchase through the Dissertation Express service of UMI/ProQuest.

EPRC (Educational Practices Resource Collection): located at the south end of the third floor of the LSTC west wing, the EPRC comprises books, curricula, and multimedia of a programmatic nature.

Reference: shelved on the second floor of the LSTC west wing, the reference collection comprises encyclopedias, dictionaries, complete sets of biblical commentaries, concordances, and other reliable resources for research. In order that such materials may be available to all, reference materials do not circulate.

Reserve: Shelved behind the circulation desk, materials on reserve circulate for a instructor-designated period of time. Faculty should contact Barry C. Hopkins, Associate Librarian for Public Services, by email at to place materials on reserve or if they have questions about reserve lists.

Learn@JKM website: The Learn@JKM website serves as a full-text, searchable database of doctor of ministry (D.Min.) project-theses/professional papers completed as part of the LSTC, McCormick and ACTS D.Min. in Preaching programs. To access the project-theses, you must first register for a username and password: click on the Register link in the upper-right hand corner, provide your email address, input and confirm your password, and provide your institutional affiliation. You'll receive an email confirming your application. After approval of your application by the administrator, you'll receive an email notifying you that access is now available. Log in using your username/password that you've created, and search the database by keyword, author, title, subject, date, degree-granting institution, and, if you wish, download in pdf format those documents of interest to you.

Archives and rare book collections of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and McCormick Theological Seminary

McCormick and LSTC archives and rare book collections are not part of the JKM Library. Information about the rare book collections (including the Franklin Gruber collection) of LSTC is available here. Individuals interested in McCormick's rare book collection should contact the Newberry Library.

Institute of Syriac Manuscript Studies (aka the Professor Arthur Vööbus Collection of Syriac Manuscripts on film): While never part of the JKM Library collections, the Institute/Collection was for decades stored on the premises. In 2016, the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library received the reels of film for inclusion into their collections.