Welcome to the Zenas Gerig Library

The Zenas Gerig Library

The ZENAS GERIG LIBRARY is the learning resource centre and hub of the main campus. It provides resources to support study and research and to promote life-long learning. The library’s automated catalog allows searching of the library’s collection of print resources.  The library also provides access to e-books and journal articles through EBSCOHost and Proquest/Ebrary databases in addition to select online links and article downloads.  

History of the Library

The library was established in 1960 at the inception of the Jamaica Theological Seminary. It began as a few shelves of books numbering about 1250, several of which were the personal libraries of Rev. Dr. Zenas Gerig and his missionary colleagues who came to Jamaica from the USA and served in establishing the Seminary as a tertiary level theological educational institution. The Missionary Church (USA) with headquarters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, also provided funding and books for the new library.

In subsequent years, the library collection grew through purchases as well as donations from local and overseas individuals, academic institutions and churches, lecturers, graduates and the Student Council. During the 1970’s, an American pastor embarked on a bicycle ride-a-thon from California to Washington, D.C. (about 8,000 miles) to raise funds for the library!  By 1979, the collection of books and periodicals numbered approximately 7,000 volumes.

The library was housed in various areas on the campus until it was relocated to the newly built library building in 1994 and named the Zenas Gerig Library in honour of Dr. Zenas Gerig, founder and first Principal of Jamaica Theological Seminary and Project Coordinator for the establishment of the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology.

The new facility provides approximately 1,042 square meters or 11,216 square feet of floor space distributed on three levels, and the library now has holdings of over 50,000 print volumes, back-files of over 150 print periodical titles, as well as other resources.   

 

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