What makes Moore College Library different from a secular university library, or a large online bookstore? Why have a library dedicated to theological research? We aim to empower Moore’s distinctive theology (and theology of education), to fuel reformed-evangelical ministry and mission, to resource a wide and deep community of learning.
The Donald Robinson Library’s core mission is supporting the gospel work of the College. Its resources have grown exponentially in recent years to become an indispensable resource for the College community, providing learning materials for all students from PTC to PhD level, as well as our faculty’s research. The library supports those currently studying God’s Word, those employed in full-time vocational ministry and lay ministry, and the public. Therefore, the library holds a broad range of material pertaining to Christian belief throughout history. It is an invaluable repository of knowledge which allows our students and members to draw on the rich amount of thought done by believers who have gone before them.
Undergirding all of this is the Bible, and the message of the gospel it contains. It is at the heart of everything we do, and the only book that is absolutely essential. In the 16th century, William Tyndale translated the Bible into the English language, at the cost of his life, so that people could read it for themselves. Our 1550 translation of the New Testament represents the fact that the Word of God can never be destroyed. Subsequent translations, including the Bishops’ Bible, the Geneva Bible, and the Authorized Version, demonstrate a dedication to the Scriptures and their correct interpretation.
Similarly, Martin Luther’s passion for opening the Scriptures to the people can be seen in his translation of the Bible into German. The Reformation would not have had such an immense impact without the invention of the printing press, and the substantial collection of early editions of Reformed works in our Library not only provide a rich resource for study, but also demonstrate how the technology of movable type has been used for God’s glory.
Our collection allows students to be challenged and stretched by the understanding of others, encouraging them to think critically about God’s Word. After College, our growing network of graduates can benefit from continued membership, strengthening their work in gospel ministry. The library also plays a crucial role in supporting the wider community, including researchers and students of other institutions. Key sub-sections of the Library, including the children’s collection and resources in other languages, reflect the work of the gospel all over the world and for all age groups, and we aim to grow these collections further.
As a memory institution, the Library shines a light on our shared heritage and enables us to tell our stories. As a constantly growing repository of intellectual capital, the Library in turn enables growth in skills, understanding and wisdom. The Library is not only a world-class centre of learning, but a tangible representation of the enduring legacy of gospel work in and through the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.