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About the J. William Horsey Library

Library Mission

The Tyndale Library is the part of the educational enterprise that selects, acquires, organizes and makes information accessible for the Tyndale Community and the general public to further the educational goals and the institutional Mission of Tyndale University College & Seminary.

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General Collection
Tyndale Libraries has over 155,000 items in its collection. The library’s main circulating collection is located on both levels of the library. Reference materials, audiovisuals and current periodicals are held on the upper level while the circulating book collection is held on the lower level. For holdings, please consult the WorldCat catalogue.

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The library subscribes to over 400 periodicals in print and in addition maintains an extensive collection of back issues. Most current subscriptions are on display on the upper level of the library. Many back issues are bound annually and are located in the compact shelving units on the lower level arranged alphabetically. Some back issues are available on microform. Locations and holdings are listed in the Journal Directory.

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Other Collections

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The Percival J. Baldwin Puritan Collection
Percival J. Baldwin (1907-1975) was a senior executive in a major Canadian manufacturing corporation located in Toronto. He was raised in the Calvinistic Baptist tradition and developed an early interest in theology and an insatiable appetite for the writings of the Puritans. During the years after World War II he assembled a 2,000 volume Puritan studies collection, including the original editions donated to Tyndale University College and Seminary.

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Our complete Library policies including How to obtain a library card, Loan Periods, Renewals, Recalls, Overdue Fines and Other Charges, Placing Holds, Interlibrary Loan and Photocopying are available for viewing here.

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Gifts and Donations Policy

While donated materials appropriate for the library collection are usually welcomed, during the construction of the new library we are not able to receive large donations.  If you have questions about donating items, please discuss them with the Director of Library Services.
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J. William Horsey

J. William Horsey (1892-1968) "a man with a great heart and a fine intellect", served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Toronto Bible College (TBC) from 1964 until his death in 1968. Under his leadership, TBC moved to greater expansion and merged with London College of Bible and Missions (LCBM) to become the ONTARIO BIBLE COLLEGE (OBC), which is presently the Tyndale University College. On his golden wedding anniversary, in 1964, he established the Clara Banford Horsey Library Fund at the College in honour of his wife. In 1966, he donated the library which was later moved from Spadina to the present campus in North York and bears his name.

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General Library Hours For Fall and Winter

Monday -- Thursday 7:45 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

*Closed most Tuesdays for Community Chapels 11:25 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

 *Circulation Desk and Computer Lab are closed 10 minutes before library closing time.

*Hours vary on holidays, summer breaks, and other special occasions. Changes in hours will be posted on the door. Phone Circulation Desk for information: (416) 226-6620 ext. 2131