The Berean Library is the College Ministry’s own library, with over 600 books in circulation, and available for free to all college students and staff. It is the largest known collegiate ministry library in the Northern hemisphere. Located in the garage of the Farrell’s home (where we meet on Fridays), the Berean Library functions just like our public libraries. The entire collection was donated by the church body.
The two main purposes for the Berean Library are, first, to be an aid in your spiritual walk as you are being discipled, counseled, and learning. The second is to cultivate a habit of reading.
When you come on Friday nights, please peruse the bookshelves. If you have any questions or want to check out a book, find one of our library staff; they would love to help you. Tolle Lege.
The entire catalog can be viewed online here
Over at Cross-point.org they complied all of Mark Dever’s (senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church) book recommendations. Our favorite is the four-year reading plan that Dever compiled called “Christian Classics Curriculum.”
Check out Tim Challies’ Reading Challenge. He does a new challenge every year.
If you are looking to buy books online, we recommend bookfinder.com. This site searches all other sites and compares prices for you. The shipping is included in the price it lists for you, which is extremely helpful.
Perhaps you want to go to the next level with your love of books -- let's be honest: you would not have kept reading this far if you didn’t -- then check out this incomplete but unparalleled google map of used book stores.
How do I check out a book?
STEP 1. First you’ll need to create a patron account. It’s free!
Option 1. Have one of the staff members help you. Boom, you’re a patron. Start checking books out.
Option 2. Send an email to email@example.com with your first and last name and email address. Once you receive a response that confirms that you have been added as a patron, you are able to utilize the features of the library.
STEP 2. Create an online patron account.
Head to bereanlibrary.libib.com
You are now ready to place books on hold or extend due dates.
Set up a password and sign in.
Click on the "patron login" button and click "need password?"
Okay. I’m a patron. Now what can I do?
Check out books
Extend due dates
Place books on hold
Libib - This library management service caters to both home and small organizational libraries. The online software lets you create multiple libraries, catalog books, movies, music, and video games, lets you create tags, leave notes, import/export, and much more. This is the program the Berean Library has used since the beginning and love it. There is a free version that would be perfect for your private library.
Bookly - Bookly is a gorgeous app that helps you track your books, read more, and improve your reading over time. You can scan your books or simply search for them online to add them to the app. From there you can track to whom you lend them, add favourite quotes and thoughts, and see insightful data that can help you improve or read even more.
Reading can be done in real time as a daily workout, just start a new reading session and it will take care of the rest.
To keep your focus, you can add goals or just simply try to unlock all achievements.
Goodreads - The world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Their mission is to help people find and share books they love.
Not sure what you want to read? We’ve got you covered. Check out the list below to get started. Don’t forget you can always talk with one of the staff members as well.
If you are looking for something to read, look no further than this list from the FBC leaders. We asked our very own leaders which books they recommend for our collegians, and this is what they responded with:
If you have any questions or a book you are wanting to see in the library, call/text A.J. Woodsum (909) 717-1906
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org