The Antiochian Heritage Library houses approximately 25,000 volumes relating to early Christianity, the theology of the Orthodox Christian Church, Middle Eastern culture, Syriac, Syrian-Arabic and Aramaean Christian history and culture, and Christian-Muslim relations. In addition to the scholarly collection, the library offers resources for families, educators, and those interested in learning more about Eastern Orthodox Christianity. View our Library Catalog online.
A start-up grant of $100,000 from the Albert and Rosemary Joseph Foundation, as well as ongoing support from the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch, has allowed the library to build its collection steadily since its inception in 1987. Significant additions to the library have come from the collections of Dr. George Atiyeh, former head of the Near East Division at the Library of Congress; the Saint Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology in Sacramento, California; and Dr. Michael G. Farrow, former Vice-Chair of the Department of Sacred Music of the Antiochian Archdiocese. The library will consider donations of materials which are in good condition and are directly relevant to the library’s mission, as outlined in our Donation Policies and Procedures.
The library has an extensive collection of Arabic-language materials, including Patristics and liturgical manuscripts, poetry and literature by Pen League authors, periodicals published in America during the early 20th century, and books printed on Christian presses in the Middle East during the 1800s and early 1900s. The Arabic Collection covers a wide range of topics, such as Christian history and theology, Christian-Muslim relations, Middle Eastern political history, the Arab-American identity and the immigrant experience.
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