The Beasley Rare Book Room
This is a collection of approximately 700 rare & valuable titles, many originating from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Some noteworthy tomes include:
- A 1479 Vulgate Bible
- A 1529 Great Byble
- A 1596 Hamburg edition of the Polyglot Bible
- Alexander Campbell's Christianty Restored dating from 1835
Construction on this special, climate-controlled room was completed in November 2010, & was underwritten by the Beasley Foundation. This room connects students, faculty, patrons, & scholars with primary sources, other documents of note, & memorabilia in their original formats to the end that they support the mission of the Phillips library & enhance understandings of the way of Jesus through the literature & history of Christian faith. The library is dedicated to making these materials accessible to all while caring for their safety & security.
Security procedures to know before entering the Beasley Rare Book Room:
- All visitors must sign in at the main library circulation desk
- Computers are allowed in the room, but bags, briefcase, coats, & umbrellas are not. (your belongings will be kept securely in the main library)
- You will be asked to clean your hands with alcohol gel after entering the room. Gloves must be used in handling the materials in the horizontal display case.
- Pens are not allowed.
- No eating or drinking is allowed.
- No smoking is allowed. (The seminary is a smoke-free environment.)
- No materials may leave the room without express permission of the library staff.
- Some duplication of materials may be possible, but must be done by library staff at the discretion of the Director of the Library, as materials are degraded by exposure to light.
- The room may be used as a study & writing space.
- The room is under constant & recorded camera surveillance.