James L. Stamps Theological Library
The James L. Stamps Theological Library, located in the Duke Academic Complex, houses the university library collections in the areas of the biblical studies, theology, philosophy, church history, and ethics. The collection currently numbers approximately 60,000 volumes and is complemented with collections in the Marshburn Memorial Library and Hugh and Hazel Darling Library, also at the Azusa campus, as well as small theological collections at the Los Angeles and San Diego Centers.
The Stamps Library maintains special collections for denominations with historic ties to the university, including the Church of God – Anderson, Free Methodist, Friends, Holiness, and Salvation Army.
The university library places a high priority on making available the latest information technology, including more than 100 licensed databases and a variety of CD-ROM databases in the areas of Biblical studies and languages, theology, and church history. Access to many of the resources are available through the Internet. Current journal holdings are over 13,500 titles.
Consortial arrangements allow students to access the rich theological collections of the seminaries in the Southern California Area Theological Library Association (SCATLA), collections of libraries throughout the Inland Empire (IEALC), and through the Link+ system, which connects the APU libraries with libraries throughout the state of California. Additionally, contractual arrangements exist with the Claremont School of Theology Library and Bethel Seminary San Diego.
The theological librarian serves on the faculties of both the university library and the Graduate School of Theology, serves as the subject specialist, and oversees the collection development for the theological disciplines. Training in the use of the resources is available to classes and by appointment.