Currently, the Billy Graham Center Library has over 60,000 bound volumes, 125,000 items in microform and 800 periodicals. As an integral part of the Center, the Library focuses on historical and contemporary information about world evangelization.
Within this specialization are works by and about evangelists, evangelistic work, and their effects on society. There are also materials documenting the history of religious revivals, those occasions when the work of God in the lives of people was unusually evident. Another principal segment of the collection encompasses materials relating to world missions, the transmission of the Christian message across geographic and cultural boundaries.
The central focus of the collection is on the work of North American Evangelicals and their predecessors. This includes resources describing the history of American Evangelicalism in order to provide the context from which evangelization was pursued. To undergird the study of the propagation of the gospel, the Library includes a specialized reference collection geared to such research and a basic theological collection to aid analysis and evaluation.
A primary goal of the Library is to support research in the Archives and Museum by acquiring books, periodicals and pamphlets related to their collections. Thus, the reader may anticipate that information is available in the Library for virtually any topic listed in the index to this volume.
The titles and topics included in this section are only representative of what is contained in the collection. There are hundreds of resources in each area and it will be necessary to consult the library catalog for comprehensive information. While the Library acquires materials in many languages, the English titles of particular works are used here if the translation is available in the collection.