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Reformation Day is Tuesday, October 31, 2017

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the year Martin Luther made his 95 Theses known to the world, thus changing the history of the church, country, and world forever.  In the United States, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be hosting an event to commemorate the Reformation in Washington, D.C.

The University of St. Thomas Libraries offers our users two databases that feature primary sources from the Reformation and Post-Reformation periods to help you study this period of history.

The Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts is a collection of Christian texts from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras of interest to historians, theologians, political scientists, and sociologists studying the religious and social upheavals of the Reformation and post-Reformation eras. The database offers a constantly growing treasury of theological writings, biblical commentaries, confessional documents, and polemical treatises written by more than 300 Protestant authors.

The Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation is comprised of hundreds of titles written during the 16th and 17th centuries, and provides online access to hundreds of hard-to-find works, including papal documents, synodal decrees, catechisms, confessors’ manuals, biblical commentaries, theological treatises, sacred drama, liturgical works, inquisitorial manuals, preaching guides, accounts of saints’ lives, and devotional works.


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October is Theological Libraries Month!

October is a special month. Yes, the leaves are falling, the wind is blowing, and the children look forward to a late-night sugar high come the 31st, but there’s something more…

October is Theological Libraries Month!


Please, come celebrate with us, and bring your friends!  Here’s two ways we can suggest:

  1. Need a study break? Why don’t you take some time to play in our stacks making book spine poetry? Spend a few minutes looking for some of our more curious titles and stack them together. Whether silly, serious, romantic, or moody, take a picture of your pile and share on our Facebook page or Twitter with the tag #bookspinepoetry.Print
  2. Studying outside in the last warm days of 2014, or are you already curled up by the fireside? A theological library is nothing without its patrons, and we’d love to see you and your current read! Take a selfie with your book wherever you like to curl up and share it with #ireadeverywhere.


And, of course, whether you’re reading or writing, a theologian or an entrepreneur, come on in and visit us this October!

Happy Theological Libraries’ Month everyone!

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Book Spine Poetry Grand Prize Winner!

Ireland Library is pleased to announce “With Roots and Wings” as the Grand Prize Winner of the Theological Libraries Month Book Spine Poetry Contest!  Sean Goossens & Andrea Bettschen teamed together to create the simple and evocative poem.  They will receive a box (30 pieces) of the Queen’s Assortment from Regina’s Chocolates.

The 2013 Winners of Ireland Library's Book Spine Poetry Contest:  Andrea Bettschen and Sean Goossens!  Congrats!

The 2013 Winners of Ireland Library’s Book Spine Poetry Contest: Andrea Bettschen and Sean Goossens! Congrats!

The staff of Ireland Library thanks the following folks who made Theological Libraries Month special:  our Book Spine Poetry contestants, all you who voted for your favorite Book Spine Poetry, all the student staff at Ireland who created sample book spine poetry, and especially Sarah P whose enthusiasm for social media made this contest possible.

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Vote for Staff Book Spine Poetry!

No one sent us any book spine poetry last week.  We are sad, but know you are hitting the books hard*, so it’s okay.  In a couple of weeks we know you’ll be looking for a study break preparing for mid-terms and this will be the perfect little distraction.

In lieu of announcing a winner from last week, we are inviting YOU to judge the book spine poetry that our student staff created last week.   The entries are below.  Vote early and often at our Doodle polling site.

* Or perhaps you are not digitally inclined?  Or maybe you’re on a break from social media?  Good news!  You can still participate in the Book Spine Poetry Contest!  Swing by the library and put together a few books into a winning poetic combination.  Then bring it up to the circulation desk — we’ll take the picture and post it for you!