The book collection contains approximately 205,800 volumes shelved in open stacks and available for borrowing. Books are arranged by call numbers located either on the bottom of the book spine or on the lower left-hand corner of the book cover.

The majority of the general collection is classified according to the Library of Congress classification system and is represented in the online catalog (ISAIAH). Books with Library of Congress classification numbers are in the following locations:

  • A – BQ Upper floor, south room
  • BR – BV Lower floor, south room
  • BX – Z Lower floor, north room

Oversize books are located in separate shelving sequences in the following locations:

  • A – BQ Upper floor, south room
  • BR – Z Lower floor, south room


The reference collection, located on the main floor, contains dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, biographical sources, indexes, and biblical texts and commentaries. Reference resources are generally the first place to begin a research project since these usually help identify the names, dates, places, and issues related to a topic; good reference tools also provide a bibliography for further inquiry. Reference works do not circulate; entries are relatively brief and may be photocopied.

The reference collection also includes recent United Methodist conference journals, Justice and Peace newsletters, and current catalogs and newsletters from other seminaries in the United States and Canada.


A selection of our newly acquired books is shelved near the entry. These books circulate for one quarter.


The Taylor Collection subscribes to over 400 current periodicals and houses a collection of bound periodicals dating from the eighteenth century through to the present. Current issues are shelved alphabetically by title in the periodicals area on the main floor, south room at the west end. Previous issues from the present year are located on the shelves behind the current issue. Bound volumes from previous years are shelved alphabetically by title in the periodicals area on the upper floor, north room. Taylor Collection also has numerous titles in microformats filed in the microform room on the lower floor.

SPECIAL Materials

In Special Collections, the Taylor Collection keeps books that are considered rare and valuable. Some are early editions of theological works; some are limited editions; some possess unique or precious bindings. The collection also includes hymnals donated to the Taylor Collection by John R. Van Pelt, doctoral dissertations and masters theses completed at Iliff, and faculty and alumni/ae publications. These materials are non-circulating, but are available for scholarly study in the Frank and Jennie Court Reading Room. Because of their fragility, most of the items in this collection may not be photocopied. Please contact to arrange a time to view materials in this collection.

Audio-Visual Materials

A variety of videos, audiocassettes, slide/cassette kits, filmstrips, and simulation games are available for loan to users. Those acquired since 1975 are included in the online public access catalog (ISAIAH). These materials are shelved on the upper floor.


The Taylor Collection owns approximately 60,600 microforms, including books, periodicals, and manuscript collections in microformat. Microforms acquired after 1975 are listed in the online catalog (ISAIAH); those purchased before 1975 are found in the card catalog. Periodicals in microformat are listed in the online catalog (ISAIAH). All microforms are housed in the microform room on the lower floor and may be checked out like other materials. Microfilm and microfiche readers are located in this room also. The University of Denver has mircroform scanners available. Please see Anderson Academic Commons for more information.