SAIACS LIBRARY

Library-StudyThe library, the powerhouse of the academic research at SAIACS, presently has over 53,000 books, and adds about 1500 books every year.  It has a strong base in mission studies, besides ample resources in Biblical Studies, Theology, Pastoral Theology and Counselling and Religions. About 250 national and international scholarly Journals are subscribed to every year and held as back issues. The library also provides access to electronic journals available on the web. The library is fully computerized using KOHAan open source Integrated Library System (ILS), used world-wide by public schools and special libraries. The library catalogue is available online (OPAC-Online Public Access Catalogue). It also offers non-print materials, which include 150 microfilms, 400 microfiches and over 100 CD-ROM online databases.

The SAIACS library is privileged to have acquired a part of Dr Robert Frykenberg’s library which includes titles with a special focus on South Asia.

The SAIACS library is member of the Joint Library Committee (JLC) of the Bangalore Theological Library Association, of which 18 colleges from Bangalore are part. This allows the students to consult resources from other libraries, as well as giving them borrowing facilities. This on-line union catalogue provides access to over 3.5 lakhs bibliographical records of major theological libraries in Bangalore including SAIACS, St. Peter’s Seminary, Southern Asia Bible College, United Theological College, Vidya Deep College and New Life College.

We have an inter-library loan arrangement with overseas theological libraries for journal articles and essays from books, by which the research needs of students and faculty are fulfilled.

Digital Library
The setting up of an Institutional Repository (IR) and a full text digital Library is planned. This IR will include SAIACS publications, theses submitted to SAIACS, and faculty and student publications.

Electronic Resources 
1. E-Journals 
The ATLA Religion Database with ATLA combines to form the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion.  This database includes more than 639,400 article citations from 1,768 journals, more than 261,800 essay citations from over 18,800 multi-author works, more than 582,100 book review citations, and a growing number of multimedia citations.  Full text is provided for more than 285,300 electronic articles and book reviews from 150 journals selected by leading religion scholars in the United States. This database is produced by the American Theological Library Association.
2. Electronic books
The SAIACS library provides access to a theological and religious e-books collection through EBSCO Host, which has over 935 full text e-books. The collection consists of scholarly, reference, and professional full-text books in electronic format from the world’s leading university presses and commercial publishers, and includes popular series.
3. E-Library
SAIACS also provides access to Questia, the world’s largest online library of copyright-cleared books, with 76,000 full-text books and over 3 million articles. Questia also includes tools for highlighting text, taking notes, and generating footnotes and bibliographies.
Other Electronic Resources
Through partnerships with international libraries, we have access to academic research databases such as the Religion Philosophy Collection, Academic OneFile which is a full text database for journals, and Ebrary for ebooks. Through CD/ROM databases such as Logos Scholars Edition, the library provides over 1405 e-journals and other important theological resources.