The Burke Library Main Reading Room
The Burke Library is one of the largest theological libraries in North America, with holdings of over 700,000 items, including extensive special collections.
The Burke is following Columbia's COVID-19 guidance web page and we encourage library visitors to do the same. Hours may change and events will be held online until further notice. Research support is still available remotely through a variety of online resources. See the Library Guides below for guidance on using electronic materials remotely. Please check open hours in the box to the right when planning visits.
Union Theological Seminary began its campus renewal and construction projects in summer 2019. No construction activity will take place in the Burke Library. However, entrance and exit points may be temporarily impacted, in which case signs will be posted to direct library visitors. Please see Union's campus renewal page for additional information and updates.
Union Theological Seminary
Since its inception in 1836, Union Theological Seminary has treasured the library and its role in research and learning for students, faculty, and the community.
Union is a nondenominational seminary conferring graduate degrees with interdisciplinary concentrations in Bible, Church History, Ethics, Interreligious Engagement, Psychology & Religion, Systematic Theology, and others.