Harding School of Theology recently initiated an electronic book collection through the digital reading platform OverDrive, accessible to all current HST students and alumni at no cost. Known for having one of the largest, strongest theological collections in the Southeast, HST has been looking for a way to share its resources across the globe. This platform was made possible by the sizable endowment gifted to the school by the late Dr. Jack Lewis.
“We want to support students beyond their time in their program,” Bob Turner, HST library director, said. “Dr. Lewis’ transformative generosity has enabled us to reach far beyond Cherry Road to serve alumni worldwide. I find this very exciting, and hopefully we will be a model for how other schools equip and empower ministers and scholars.”
The announcement was made at the University’s 96th Lectureship in early October during the annual HST luncheon. Shortly after, students and alumni were notified, and more than 1,500 user accounts have now been created on the platform. A video shown at the announcement said HST constituents can now access “the books you want and the resources you need right where you are, wherever you happen to be and wherever you go next.” Turner mentioned how much the community has particularly appreciated audiobooks. “The checkout stats on audio have been phenomenal. People love the mobility; they can listen to books while they drive, jog or walk the dog.”
While OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide, HST is one of the first theological libraries to offer the platform and the only to extend the invitation to alumni. HST students and alumni simply need to contact the library to create an account in order to begin searching for titles to enrich their lives and support their kingdom work.