As befits a congregation that loves to read, Hunter has a gem of a library. Whether you are looking for deep philosophy or thoughtful fiction, you can find carefully selected books here. The largest section features books for spiritual formation and personal devotions. Many Christian denominations and other world religions are well represented, including a section on Presbyterian life and history. There is a small fiction section and a biography section. A reference section includes books on biblical study and theology. The latest issues of the magazines Presbyterian Life, Outlook, Christian Century, and Horizons, are on display and can be borrowed. Back issues are available for research or program development.
Located on one of the hallways leading to the sanctuary, the library can be seen and accessed by all. An uncatalogued children’s collection is located in the third floor Sunday school classroom area.
Hunter Presbyterian Church began its library in 1953 with fourteen books and has grown to include more than 5,000. Fortunately, at least two professional librarians, members of the congregation, have served as Hunter’s librarians so the library was created along the lines of traditional public lending libraries using the Dewey Decimal system and cataloging all new acquisitions in a card catalog. The library focuses on writing on religion with new titles added every year through donation or purchase through a memorial fund.
New additions to the library are publicized in the Horn newsletter as they are added to the collection. The library also has a put-and-take section for books that are given by congregation members to be shared but not added to the permanent collection.
If you have any questions about the library, get in touch with Suzi Kifer.