The Krauth Memorial Branch Library is located at 7301 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA. Parking is available. Enter the library from the Brossman Center atrium via the ADA-compliant Breidegam Library Connector.
Hours can be found on the library home page.
During the library's regular operating hours, members of the community are welcome to come and research in our collections for free. To check out materials, you'll need a library card, which has a $50 fee for anyone who is not an alum of the seminary. If you think you'll need access to materials that are in closed storage or is a rare book, please email us at least a week in advance to ensure we'll be able to have the material available to you.
The Krauth Branch Library offers students many different study spaces. The Breidegam Library Connector and Directors' Lounge are available whenever the Brossman Center is open. Additional study spaces are available in the Lillian Scoggins Music Room, where students are welcome to relax while reading or by listening to any of the seminary's many CDs. Computers are located both in the Directors' Lounge and in the library proper.
Two different spaces for quiet contemplation are available. The Krauth Memorial Library Meditation Room is located next to the Directors' Lounge and is a small space, offering opportunities to meditate and reflect in the presence of many religious icons, donated to the seminary by Dominic dePaul in memory of his husband William "Bill" Rarick. On the second floor, the Upper Rotunda Labyrinth is available for walking meditation.
The Charles Porterfield Krauth Branch of the United Lutheran Seminary Library traces its roots to the founding of the Philadelphia seminary, with the earliest books coming from or acquired by Carl Rudolph Dimme, pastor of St. Michael's, Germantown, and expanded upon by core faculty, including Dr. Krauth and Charles Frederick Schaeffer. The current structure was built in 1908 and was added onto in the 1970s and 2016.
Today, the Krauth Branch houses over 155,925 titles and over 200,000 volumes of books, periodicals, and A/V materials, including an extensive collection of rare books, focusing on the reformation, Lutheran scholasticism, and Lutheran liturgical resources.
Archives for Region 7 of the ELCA are not a part of the library, but can be found on the Philadelphia campus at the Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia.
Robert T. Flynn, Interim Library Administrator
Jorie Thuon, Temporary Processing Archivist
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