Resources

The collection supports the training mission, and emphasizes Bible, practical theology and The Salvation Army. The scope reflects both the range of Salvationist ministry and the various learning needs of the library’s users. The collection focuses on providing an evangelical perspective, and insofar as possible a Wesleyan-holiness perspective, to ground lives in Christian faith and practice as well as scholarship. It also contains the best of a variety of perspectives to encourage common knowledge and critical thinking, and to prepare cadets to engage with the wider culture. The collection in Spanish seeks to be of sufficient depth and scope to support the Track in Spanish, while the collection in Korean supplements the English collection in core areas of Bible, theology and Salvationism. Following the library’s Collection development policy, the library seeks to be responsive to CFOT and Salvation Army initiatives and concerns, and welcomes recommendations, which are presented to the Library sub-committee

Resources are organized according to the Library of Congress classification system. Reference works are conveniently shelved with circulating books. There are 28,100 unique titles, of which 2,900 are in Spanish and 400 are in Korean. These comprise books, audio-visual and media resources. Course reserves and syllabi are readily available in the library. The Salvation Army special collection includes rare books, microfilms and electronic documents. A journal locator simultaneously searches for periodical titles that the library has in print (160), subscribes to through a database, or has found free online. The library’s Web page provides access to the journal locator and databases, which include OmniFile (academic) and ATLA/S (religion) with full text; the catalog, research guides, and full text Salvation Army resources. The library Web page also has tutorials and up-to-date library information such as new books and hours. The library has a reciprocal lending agreement with Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary, and otherwise participates in document delivery and inter-library loan on a limited basis. Cadets are encouraged to also use the nearby Suffern Free Library. This is an excellent public library which provides access to a wide range of resources through the regional library system, including databases that can be accessed from home.