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Sacred Heart Joins E-Book Consortium

We are pleased to announced that Sacred Heart patrons now have access to a wonderful collection of theological e-books through the TLELP consortium. The Theological Libraries E-book Lending Project is an exciting cooperative adventure in which each participating library has licensing agreements with publishers that allow us to purchase our own e-books, and loan them to consortial members.

Sacred Heart students, faculty, and staff can use their SH login information to access the collection. More details about using the collection are in our LibGuide.

TLELP was launched in July 2016 by 13 ATLA libraries. According to Donna Campbell, project leader and technical services/systems librarian at Westminster Theological Seminary, “Libraries have the ability to buy e-books on a title-by-title basis rather than huge packages.” One item that makes TLELP unique is that the publishers are allowing member libraries to loan their e-books within the consortium, an almost-unheard-of development at this stage of the digital game.

Library Discoveries

The library continues its multiyear project to evaluate the print collection, deselect out-of-date materials and add resources where there are gaps. During this process, we occasionally come across forgotten little gems or items of interest.

Here’s one of them: The Pageant of Popes, printed in 1574 in London, and dedicated to the Earl of Sussex. For the non-history buffs out there, Lord Sussex was Lord Deputy of Ireland under both Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I – a major political feat on its own.

The Pageant of Popes is an anti-Catholic history of papal successions.  A brief sample: “S. Peter not bishop of Rome. For so muche as the Bishops of Rome have claimed, and doo still clayme their usurped supremacy by right of inheritance and succession from Peter, because he (as they pretend) was bishop of Rome at the least xxv yeares, and so tied all this dignitie and preogatiue (whiche they fight for) to his chayre for euer: It shall be therfore nedeful to consider, how likely it is to be true, that Peter continued bishop in Rome according to their boasting.”

The book was originally written in Latin by John Bale (1495-1563) and ‘Englished’ by John Studley, 1545?-1590?.