Each year Bridwell Library of the Perkins School of Theology offers six two-week fellowships of independent study. Three fellowships are open to scholars researching any subject covered by the Library's collections. Two are set aside for active and retired ministers. One is reserved for research in Methodism and related areas. All are designed to encourage in-depth use of the Library's collections for study and research.
Bridwell Library holds approximately 400,000 items in religion, theology, and related fields. Its substantial collections make it an especially valuable resource for scholars and ministers wishing to further their theological knowledge and understanding.
Special collections include extensive holdings in theological, liturgical, and devotional texts from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, with particular emphasis on English sermons, religious polemic, and church history. The works of John Wesley and his colleagues and critics are found in first and early editions.
In addition, Bridwell Library houses a significant Bible collection, including medieval manuscripts and scrolls, major monuments of fifteenth-century printing, important translations and commentaries of the Reformation period, missionary Bibles in diverse languages, and modern fine press editions. Please inquire about other areas of concentration.