Our students represent a wide range of ages, previous employments, church backgrounds, and nationalities. This wide variety enriches the atmosphere and culture of the seminary while providing students with many perspectives and occasions for “iron to sharpen iron.”
The William Perkins Library
The William Perkins library currently contains about sixty thousand volumes. About five thousand books are in Dutch, with a few hundred additional titles in other languages.
The library is strong in the areas of church history and systematic theology, with special focus on Reformed theology and Puritan spirituality. The library subscribes to about two hundred periodicals and journals, but additionally provides online access to over two thousand journals through its subscription databases.
The Puritan Research Center (PRC)
The seminary houses the Puritan Research Center (PRC) in a special climate-controlled room equipped with a Halon fire suppression system. The Puritan Research Center is the culmination of a dream that is decades old and offers exciting possibilities for promoting the appreciation of Reformed and Puritan literature around the world.
The PRC’s aim is to assemble the largest possible collection of resources on the Puritans, including antiquarian books (mostly from the seventeenth century) and modern reprints of Puritan writings, and secondary source materials on the Puritans such as books, dissertations, articles, and book reviews.