When you come, bring…the books, and above all the parchments.
The David K. Straub library was begun in 1999 when the books of the late Rev. David Straub were donated to the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies. David was the first coordinator of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America. He sadly passed into the presence of his Lord in 1999. These books have been the core of our collection, supplemented over the years by the acquisition of two other personal libraries as well as some strategic purchases. We have been able to obtain a full set of the Works of Martin Luther, as well as Edward Starr’s Baptist Bibliography. At present, we own about 4,000 volumes.
Our rare items include a nearly complete set of A.W. Pink’s Studies in The Scriptures which were owned by the Pink’s close friends Mr. and Mrs. Lowell B. Greene. These were sent by Mrs. Vera Pink to the Greenes, and donated to the Straub Library by the Greene family several years ago. We also own a copy of Charles H. Spurgeon’s hand written sermon notes.
Whether from private Christians or retiring pastors, we are very pleased to receive the gift of books, even of the duplicate books we already own. Our duplicate book policy seeks to benefit our students. Since we believe that pastors must also be scholars, we are convinced that helping students to acquire the best of books will ultimately aid their people and their ministries. We make duplicate books available to students at very low cost, and any monies received are placed in the Library account to aid in further acquisitions.