Divinity School and Shaw Sign Borrowing Agreement

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Faculty, staff and students from Duke Divinity School and Shaw University can borrow books and other items from the other institution’s divinity library, as well have access to open stacks and reading areas during regular operating hours, thanks to an agreement that went into effect Wednesday.

Shaw President Dorothy Cowser Yancy and Duke Divinity Dean Richard B. Hays signed the reciprocal agreement between the Duke Divinity School Library and the G. Franklin Wiggins Library, the divinity library at Shaw.

“This sharing agreement provides an excellent opportunity to build collaboration between Shaw and Duke Divinity School,” Hays said. “We look forward to continued fruitful collaboration between our institutions.”

The agreement also includes onsite access to selected Duke Divinity licensed databases through guest login available at the school’s circulation desk.

Students on both campuses will benefit from having access to each other's library collections and resources, said Bruce T. Grady, dean and associate professor of religious education at Shaw University Divinity School. “This partnership is a wonderful opportunity for Shaw University to expand its access to theological resources and to create space for dialogue with our colleagues at Duke Divinity School.”

The Duke Divinity School Library contains more than 405,000 volumes and embraces all fields of religion and related disciplines, with particular strengths in the areas of Methodism and, more generally, Christianity. It is one of the many libraries within the larger Duke University Libraries system.

The G. Franklin Wiggins Library provides services and resources within a Christian environment and serves primarily graduate and professional patrons preparing for service as clergy or laity in churches and other Christian ministries.

“We love to see our libraries and their resources put to good use by patrons. Each of these two libraries has particular strengths, and all patrons will benefit from this agreement,” said Beth M. Sheppard, director of the Duke Divinity School Library. Sheppard and Carolyn Peterson, director of library services at Shaw, initiated the agreement.