Contact Information
  • Librarian: Celestina Savonius-Wroth
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E560
  • Phone: (812) 855-1336
Libraries & Subjects
last updated: 3/30/2010

About the Religious Studies Collection

History of the Collections


The Indiana University Libraries have collected materials relating to the study of religion continuously since the University's founding in 1820 as the Indiana Seminary. Although IU soon became a state institution, biblical studies, theology, and history of religion were important topics in the early curriculum.  As the academic study of religion developed into an independent discipline, IU stayed in the forefront, establishing the Department of Religious Studies, one of the first at an American university, in 1972. In 1989, the Department expanded its degree offerings to include the doctoral degree.


The Religious Studies materials collected by the Herman B Wells Library have kept pace with the curriculum, reflecting the particular strengths of the Department, while steadily growing into a well-rounded collection.


Strengths of the Collections


Strengths of the collection include Buddhism, Islam, American religious movements such as the Quakers, the Shakers, and the Latter Day Saints, medieval Catholicism, 19th- and early 20-th century Protestantism, and comparative religion.  The Religious Studies Collections are complimented by strong collections in Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic StudiesAsian Studies, and notably the Tibetan Studies, as well as by rare books and manuscripts in the collections of the Lilly Library

last updated: 3/30/2010