The Allison Library has approximately 150,000 items (books, microfiche, microfilms, video tapes, CDs, DVDs, and audio tapes). The library holds partial or full runs of 900 periodicals, of which 380 subscriptions are current.
The main strengths of the book collection are in biblical studies, congregational and pastoral studies, and Protestant thought.
A collection of rare and early printed works comprised largely of Anglican, Puritan and Evangelical works, including the works of authors such as Richard Baxter (1615-1691), John Bunyan (1628-1688), Thomas Hooker (1586?-1647), George Whitefield (1714-1770). The core of the collection is from the personal libraries of Drs. James I. Packer and James M. Houston. For many years Drs. Packer and Houston led a seminar at Regent College on Puritan and Cistercian spirituality, and each contributed significantly through their teaching and writing to establish classic Christian spirituality as a distinctive emphasis of the College. This collection is a fitting symbol of the shared concerns of these much-loved scholars.
In addition the core works the collection has since been enlarged by other generous donations, most notably from Rev. E. B. Heaven of Port Hope, ON. Rev. Heaven donated his significant collection of works by 17th-18th Century Anglican theologians.
The Library seeks to build on these gifts and continues to collect rare and antiquarian works of classic Christian spirituality, with a special emphasis on Anglican, Puritan and early Evangelicals authors.
Access to the Rare Books Collection can be arranged by speaking to the Reference Librarian.
Digitized rare Puritan books from the Allison Library collection.
The Archives and Special Collections house the historical materials of Regent College. These include the:
The pamphlet file is comprised of pamphlets, articles and short monographs. This collection is currently in storage but is available for use by any library patron. (Please ask library staff if you wish to use any of the materials from this file.) The materials are organized by subject and are searchable.