The books and resources available in the lending library are comprised of some books owned by the parish, and others owned by members of the parish who are willing to loan out their resources as a way of helping people grow in the knowledge and practice of the Orthodox faith. Books can be checked out by anyone in the parish or larger community as long as you sign up with your contact information.
When requesting an item please specify the title you would like and make sure to include your name and email. If you haven’t checked books out before, please also include your address and phone number. We will try to get the item to you the Sunday after your request. If for some reason there is a delay, the librarian will let you know.
Books are loaned out for six (6) weeks at a time and can be renewed up to three (3) times. The librarian will email you when your book is due asking if you are finished with it or if you would like to renew it. Please be prompt in returning your books when they are due. They can be left on the shelf under the icon display stand downstairs in the bookstore. If an item accidentally gets lost or damaged, please contact the librarian to work out details for replacing it.
If you would like to make your own Orthodox resources available for other people to borrow, please use the contact form or talk to Anna Stickles and we will let you know what needs to be done in order to get the items into the database. We are mostly interested in items that are not available in the public library and that are relevant to helping people grow in their knowledge of the Church: its history, doctrine and practice.
If you have any suggestions for improvements or changes that you would like to see in the lending libary, please let us know. Some improvements we hope to add soon are a link for each book that leads to a page with more info on what the books is about, and the ability to search by author or title.
Please check back often as we are still updating our inventory.
Bible and Reference – Bibles, Bible commentaries, Bible studies, and any kind of reference material.
Biographies and Memoirs – Lives of the saints, biographies of modern elders, ascetics and others recognized as worthy of attention.
Contemporary Issues – How the Church is responding to modern contemporary culture in areas such as homosexuality, evolution, etc.
History, Art and Culture – Church history, the Byzantine Empire and Russia, icons and iconography, commentary on the Church in relation to culture, etc.
Liturgics – Service books, prayer books, akathists. Also commentary on the liturgical services and seasons, or personal devotions relating to them.
Monasticism – Books written about monasticism, or those written by monastics for monastics. Also includes lives and instructions of the Desert Fathers and the ascetics of Mt. Athos
Spiritual Counsels – Words of instruction by saints and holy elders on how to grow as a Christian.
The Orthodox Faith – Contemporary writers on the Orthodox faith. Includes mostly books geared toward introducing people to Orthodoxy
Christian Living – books on marriage and family, prayer, growing as a Christian, and other practical aspects of living the faith written by contemporary authors. For other books on Christian living see also the “Spiritual Counsels” category.
Theology – Contemporary writers on Orthodox spirituality and doctrine (as a general guideline, this category includes more intellectually dense material than “The Orthodox Faith”).
Patristics – Writings of the Church Fathers – apologetics, theology, homilies, letters etc. that are not specifically monastic.
We also have in the library Orthodox periodicals such as The Orthodox Word and Road to Emmaus, videos (there is a large collection of children’s videos), and we are hoping to eventually have some music CDs.