[La Sierra University Library Heritage Room]

About the Heritage Room

The Heritage Room preserves and displays the past and present of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and La Sierra University.

How to find us

We're on the first floor of the La Sierra University Library, to the left as you come down the stairs, or on the right if you take the elevator. Just walk right in; we're happy to have you enter.

The Heritage Room is open from 10 AM to noon, 1 to 5 PM, and 6 to 10 PM Mondays through Thursdays. Fridays we are open from 10 AM to 1 PM, and Sundays from 1 PM to 5 PM, and 6 PM to 10 PM. We are usually closed for University assemblies and chapels (11 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, respectively).

Our holdings

We have thousands of books by and about Adventists, covering Seventh-day Adventist history, people, and ideas, the history of La Sierra University and other Adventist schools and colleges, the Sabbath-Sunday controversy, religious freedom, and scores of related topics. If you want to know what Adventists thought and said and taught and did, or what they're thinking and saying and teaching and doing now, you've come to the right place.

We have hundreds of journals, from the Adventist Review through La Sierra Today to the Youth's Instructor. Our current subscriptions let you keep up with what's happening now in Adventism, while our extensive back files let you learn what our predecessors said and did. If you're from outside of California, come down and keep up with what's happening back home, even if home is across an ocean or a continent.

In the mood for something besides reading? We have video- and audio-tapes of University events, sermons, lectures, and other topics too numerous to mention here.

Want to know what was going on behind the scenes, or never had a book written about it? Our growing files are filled with papers, pamphlets, brochures, clippings, and photographs; covering all sorts of material about La Sierra University, Adventist people, ideas, groups, and institutions. An index to the Document File is available.

Interested in the foremost Adventist in history? We are an Ellen G. White Study Center associated with the Ellen G. White Estate. We have many, many items on the life and ministry of Ellen G. White, as well as a copy of the White Estate's Question and Answer file. Everything you wanted to know (well, probably) about her is available.

Plus, we house the La Sierra University Archives, which means that if you want to know about the history of the University, we're the people to ask.

How we help

"But if you have so much, how will I ever find what I want to know?"

Good question. That's where our staff comes in. We can direct you to the items or information you need, answer your questions, or show you where to find the answers.

Our computers are at your service, too. They're set up with many useful databases, including CD-ROM versions of Ellen White's writings, the Adventist Pioneer Library (everyone other than Ellen White), and the Bible, all easy to search and cross-reference. You can also use the SDA Periodical Index, which is an incredibly useful guide to recent Adventist journals and magazines.

There are a number of additional services we will provide for La Sierra University faculty members upon request. One example of this work is a bibliography on Seventh-day Adventist missions around the world.

People have used the Heritage Room in a hundred different ways, among them: to write papers, to prepare for Sabbath School lessons, to learn what Ellen White thought about health, to write a history of La Sierra, and to have fun reading. Why don't you come over and discover what the other ninety-five are?

Who we are

You'll find a number of us here. Most often, one of our student workers, those sadly-unsung heroines and heroes without whom chaos would overwhelm us. If you need more assistance, the librarian in charge, Chelsi Cannon , is eager to assist you and answer your questions.

What you can do for us

The Adventist Heritage collection at La Sierra University needs items pertaining to the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and La Sierra University. If you have things you don't want to keep, but hate to throw away (or if you know someone in such a situation), why not donate them to La Sierra University, and let them be available for research?

We are interested in, among other things,

Adventist resources and the Adventist heritage

We also have a page of links to other Adventist resources on the Internet. We hope you find them useful.

If you have any questions, you can e-mail the Heritage Room librarian at ccannon@lasierra.edu, or call her at (951)-785-2518 (campus extension 2518), or just come in person. Best wishes!

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Last updated July 3, 2012