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Vanderbilt Divinity Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203-2427
(615) 322-7983

What is the Kesler Circulating Library?

The Kesler Circulating Library provides theological materials to individuals for whom those materials are not readily accessible. We will mail you books from the collection of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library. Learn more about the mission and history of the Kesler Circulating Library.

Who can be a member?

Membership is open to any person engaged in ministry (or retired from ministry) in the continental United States or Canada. It is intended to provide access to a theological library for those not having access through other means.

The service policy of the Vanderbilt University Library stipulates that students enrolled in a degree granting program at another institution school rely on the resources of that institution for their library needs. The Kesler service was established to provide access to a theological collection for ministers who do not have access to theological materials. The intent of the Kesler service is to provide materials for continuing education and ministry preparation, not to support academic progress toward a degree. This is why members may only borrow four books at a time.

We recognize, however, that many pastors are enrolled in degree programs are part of their continuing education, and we do not wish to exclude such persons. By agreeing to become a Kesler member, you are affirming that the library's resources will be used primarily to support your ministry, rather than your academic work.

How much does it cost to receive books?

The only cost to you is the return postage! We can also provide you with copies of articles and chapters, for a fee of 10 cents per page.

How are we able to provide this service?

Seventy years ago, John Louis Kesler endowed the Kesler Circulating Library to serve rural ministers without library access. We are keeping that legacy alive, while reaching out in new ways to meet the needs of our members in the twenty-first century.

How do I become a member?

Fill out and submit the application form.