The Consortium’s library collections and resources support a variety of academic and degree programs with an emphasis in the major theological disciplines and pastoral praxis and ministry. Each library reflects its denominational affiliation as well as individual collection strengths. Methodist Theological School’s holdings are especially rich in women’s studies, feminist theology, black theology, religion in the English-speaking world, and counseling theory and practice; the Josephinum’s in patristics, liturgical sources, spirituality, and philosophy; Trinity Lutheran’s in Reformation and early modern history and theology, Hebrew Bible and New Testament commentary, Judaism and Holocaust studies.
The Consortium’s library holdings number 400,000 book volumes, over 700 current periodical subscriptions, a large collection of audio-visual items, as well as bibliographic and full-text databases for theological research and teaching.; it is one of the largest such collections in the Midwest.
Each of the of the consortium’s libraries is a member of OhioLINK, the state-wide consortium of 88 academic libraries, and the State Library of Ohio, that collaborate to share resources and meet the research needs of their constituencies. Through this membership, consortium students and faculty have access to 46 million books and other library materials with quick and efficient delivery to their home library within 2 or 3 days. OhioLink membership also provides the seminary community access to over 100 research databases, 25,000 e-books, and thousands of digital images, videos and sounds.
Library resources, services and programs are a hallmark of the Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus and a significant factor in making central Ohio a center of theological education.