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Catalogue: VTS Library Catalogue
Library Website: Virginia Theological Seminary Library
The strengths of the Bishop Payne Library at VTS are in the areas of biblical studies, church history, theology, the Protestant Reformation, missions, liturgics, and Anglicanism. The collection numbers over 225,000 volumes of books and bound periodicals, 6,800 microforms and 600 music compact discs. The library receives 900 current journals, periodicals, and newspapers in print and subscribes to over 29 computer research databases of indexes and full-text journal articles. Special collections include source materials from many of the provinces and dioceses of the international Anglican Communion. The Rare Book Collection contains over 1,570 monographs, including editions of the Bible, biblical commentaries, theological works, Anglicana, Episcopal Church history, and editions of the Book of Common Prayer. The collection ranges in date from a 15th century manuscript to a 1995 limited edition printing, although the bulk of the collection consists of eighteenth-century material.