Largest Theological Libraries in North America

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    Emory University in Atlanta claims to have the 2nd largest theological library in North America with over 500,000 volumes. Who is number 1? Harvard? Does Emory's claim ring true? I'm assuming they can count the number of volumes they have own but wonder how 500k compares with other schools.

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    Depends upon your definition(s).
    I believe that PTS has the best library after the Bodleian (Oxford). (Princeton Theological). And of course they have Princeton ... 10 years ago they were 3d in the world and 1st in the US ...

    ATS lists UChicago Divinity at over 7 million ...
    http://www.ats.edu/members/princeto.html
    http://www.ats.edu/members/uchicago.html

    http://www.emory.edu/EMORY_REPORT/erarchive/2001/2001/May/erMay.7/5_7_01pitts.html

    To quote the reference above:

    With a half-million volumes, the Pitts Theology Library is the second-largest theological library in North America, behind only the Burke Library at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, which contains 595,000 volumes.
     

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