|The UTC library from outside|
The UTC Library is one of the biggest theological libraries in Asia and the biggest in India. The
well furnished library building has a
built-in area of over 43,000 sq. ft with bright, spacious and airy
reading rooms on one side and stacks on the other.
|Book cards and stairs leading to two floors|
|Book check out section at the entrance|
The library has reference sections, reading rooms, stacks with books for reference, new books arrival section, shelves containing dictionaries, encyclopedias, journals and magazines, a photocopying room, a computer room for students offering internet and online access to resources and archives containing documented materials, theses and rare manuscripts.
The library not only offers substantial resources primarily for
theological study and research at all levels, but also serves other
disciplines such as literature, history, anthropology, sociology, etc. Research
scholars from various universities in India and abroad continue to make use
of the invaluable resources of the library. Books and journals can be searched manually and through the computers on offer for that purpose.
|Reference section including dictionaries and encyclopedias|
The library has more than 75,000 books, 672 periodical
titles, 420 microfilms of historical record and 23,023 microfiches which
includes the Indian census from 1872. The archives which preserves the
original records and periodicals on the history of missions, churches,
microfilm / microfiche etc. is an invaluable source of information about
the life and conditions during the last two centuries. Efforts are also
being made to collect books published by the Indian Language
Theological Literature Committees. Some of the treasures in the Archives
are Martin Luther's Commentary on the Galatians in Latin, printed in
Basel in 1523; Bartholomew Ziegenbalg's Grammatica Damulica, Hale, 1716
and the Biblia Damulica by Zie genbalg and Benjamin Schultze,
Tranquebar, 1725-28. The Palm Leaf Collection dating back to about 600
years are in Kannada, Tamil, Sanskrit, Telugu and Malayalam on subjects
such as history, poetry, stotras, puranas, astrology etc.
|Mrs. Tabitha Shamsunder, Librarian|
People in Bangalore with proper recommendation can avail membership facilities for reading and checking out books from the library. The librarian can be contacted through phone or e mail or can be contacted in person during office hours. The library is open on Monday to Friday 9 AM- 1 PM and 2 PM- 7 PM and 8 PM to 11 PM. Books can be checked out from 9-4. On Saturdays the library is open 9 AM - 12 noon and 2 PM- 5 PM. Sunday is a holiday.
United Theological College
63, Millers Road,
Bangalore - 560046. India.
Telephone : 0091-80-23333438/23330502