The Wentz Library is located at 66 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (mailing address is 61 Seminary Ridge). Parking is available to the North of the building as well as directly behind. The public entrance is on Seminary Ridge.
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 have an archives-related research purpose, please email us at least a week in advance to ensure we'll be able to assist you.
The Wentz Library has multiple study locations throughout. Students can also request the use of a storage cubby if they are studying frequently in the library and need a place to keep checked out materials for easy reference. In the lower level is the Luther Room, available for group study, as well as multiple study carrels spread out around the lower level. Additionally, the Library Living Room is on the first floor near the periodicals collection for informal discussion.
The A.R. Wentz Branch of the United Lutheran Seminary Library traces its roots to the very formation of Lutheran theological education in the United States. Benjamin Kurtz, of the Evangelical Lutheran General Synod, solicited contributions of money and books for its new seminary in Gettysburg, PA. The library still possesses those first donations.
Originally located in the seminary's main classroom and administrative buildings, the current library structure was built in 1947.
Today, the Wentz branch houses a collection of over 128,021 titles with over 180,000 items of books, periodical volumes, and A/V material available for use.
The Gettysburg Seminary Archives, and the Archives of Region 8 of the ELCA are a part of the Wentz Branch Collection.
Robert T. Flynn, Interim Library Administrator
Victoria Jesswein, Assistant Archivist
Cody Swisher, Public Services Librarian
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