Library - Introduction

The library is named after the Rev. S.G. Williamson, a British Methodist minister who was the first principal of the Trinity College when it was founded in Kumasi in 1942.

  • The Library’s Resources

    • The SG Williamson Library has a large collection of resources on theological and religious studies consisting of books, serials and e-resources. The library has some collection on social sciences as well. The total collection of books and serials number about twenty thousand (20,000). Special books selected through the recommendation of lecturers are placed on reserve and kept in a locker designated for that purpose. The library also has a special arrangement with the Princeton Theological Seminary in US that allows it access to their digital library resources. See appendix B.

    • The library also has a collection of BD/B.Th. long essays and M. Th. theses on important theological and pastoral topics.

    • The Library also has a computer laboratory with computers connected to the Internet for use by students only.

  • Access Point

    The library uses the LiBRARYSOFT automation system which allows access to materials in the library locally. The library is however negotiating with the University of Ghana Library System and the University of Ghana Computing Systems to host its collection for web base access. 

  • The Divisions

    The Library is run in a two storey building.

    • The ground floor is the Students’ Lending Section while the first floor is Students’ Reference Section and Graduate School reference wing. 

    • By faculty decision backed by the Board of Governors of the seminary, we are in the process of creating the Centre for African Christianity where rare books authored by Africans or books authored on African theology, history, and other social sciences will be kept for reference and research. When completed it will be a one stop place for research on African Christianity.

Accessing Information

The library uses the Library of Congress Classification system. In order to locate a material, be guided by the subject and class range. These are pasted on the shelves for easy identification. See Appendix.


Services

  • The Library has one computer laboratory on the first floor. Students who are writing their long essays are allowed access to the computers. 

  • Students who have laptops with wireless access can get connected to the Internet through the assistance of the officer in charge of the ICT of the seminary. 

  • The Library offers photocopying services at moderate fees.

Conclusion

It is hoped this library guide would be a useful and informative material to the users of the Library.

Head of Library,
Rev. Emmanuel K.B. Essilfie,
Dip. Theol., B.A. (Hons.). M.Phil. M.A.