Theological Library Month – Top Ten Contest

During Theological Library Month (October), we ask you to submit your favorite reason to come to the Divinity School Library. Deadline is October 25th. Entries will be read and winners announced at the TLM reception on Thursday, October 29 at 12:30pm and used in the library’s 2010 Fall Orientation for New Divinity Students.

Below is the list used at the 2009 Fall Orientation (with last year’s winner at number #4).

#10. Of the stellar collection: over 380,000 books, 700 periodicals, 100 electronic databases — and still growing!!

#9.  There is excellent reference service — available in person, by phone, by e-mail, or by instant message.

#8. Printing from our computers is not 10 cents a page, not 5 cents a page, but free for your first 3600 copies.  Please help us keep this free through being good stewards of the paper and the trees the paper came from.  We have several copies of the Bible that you may check out of the library — there is no need to print out the whole thing.

#7 It’s the greatest place on campus to work — see Melissa or Anne Marie at the Circulation Desk for an application form.

#6. We’re open for the best 85 hours a week – Monday to Thursday 8 am to 11 pm, Friday 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 2 to 10 pm—See the website for our shorter hours for the first week of classes.

#5.  We have computers.  On the main level we have 12 public computers with access to the library catalog, databases and the network. The library also has a private computer classroom with 10 PCs hidden on Level D. If you bring your own laptop we have wireless available throughout the library and in the Duke Gardens.

#4.  As Top Ten contest-winner from last year Ismael Ruiz-Millan said  “In addition to Goodson Chapel, it is the place where I can be in one spirit with my other fellow students—in the first in the spirit of worship and in the second in the spirit of learning.”

#3. You get to see the world while studying the Book of Discipline – check out the view from the Baker Methodist Research Center!

#2.  We’re better than Google – we’re warm-blooded!  Doing theological research by using the internet alone is really dumb.  Remember:  if it’s not there, you can’t find it!