Seminary Building
Student Housing

Seminary Building

The seminary is located in its own building at 1181 Smith Avenue in the southwest corner of the campus.

It contains the faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, Martin Chapel, prayer rooms, study area and a computer room.

The John Coffman Center and the Congregational Resource Center are also located here, and the lower level of the building houses the Master of Arts in Counseling program.

The administrative offices which serve the entire university are found in the Campus Center and the University Commons. These include the president’s office, the business office, the financial assistance office and the post office.

The seminary uses Lehman Auditorium for large public functions.

The extension in Pennsylvania is located at 1846 Charter Lane Lancaster, PA 17601. It contains four large classrooms, student computers and wireless internet access. The Sadie A. Hartzler Library on main campus functions as the primary library resource for students. Access to accredited theological libraries in Pennsylvania is available through cooperative agreements.


“The library is a central resource for theological scholarship and the theological curriculum. It is integral to the purpose of the school through its contribution to teaching, learning, and research …”

“Theological study requires extensive encounter with historical and contemporary texts. While theological education is informed by many resources, the textual tradition is central to theological inquiry. Texts provide a point of entry to the theological subject matter as well as a place of encounter with it.” American Theological Society, Standards of Accreditation, Section 5, Library and Information Resources

The Sadie A. Hartzler Library provides instructional resources and services to support the mission and academic programs of Eastern Mennonite Seminary. The library enables students to develop information literacy skills necessary to facilitate academic success and lifelong learning.

The library’s website ( www.emu.edu/library ) is the access point to many resources and services. Sadie, the online library catalog, enables reliable and effective access to materials in the library collection.

Research databases provide access to numerous full-text journals, indexing to many more journals, newspapers and magazines and a catalog of millions of books and other materials held by libraries worldwide. The library subscribes to ATLA Religion Database, the premier index for theology and religion. The library participates in the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), a library consortium that allows broader access to expensive online resources. Off-campus access is available to most of the research databases.

Interlibrary loan provides access to materials not owned by the Hartzler Library.

The library is open daily during the academic year for a total of 90 hours each week. Accommodations on all three floors provide individual study space as well as rooms for group study. The library is equipped for wireless access to the internet.

The Art Gallery on second floor of the library exhibits a variety of art work throughout the academic year, including senior art majors’ presentations.

The study room in the seminary building has limited reference materials, particularly in biblical studies. Some professors place reserve readings in the study room. The main reference collection and main location for reserve readings are in the Hartzler Library, a short walk across campus.

The Menno Simons Historical Library and Archives is Eastern Mennonite University’s research library, with a rich collection of Anabaptist/ Mennonite resources. Materials in the collection date from the earliest days of the Anabaptist movement through the present, and are a vital resource for seminary studies. The library is open 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is located on the third floor of the Hartzler Library building. The archives, on the first floor, are open by advance appointment. The archives contain material relating to the institutional history of the university and seminary, and extensive materials documenting Mennonite life in Virginia.


The bookstore, located in the University Commons beside the Royals Den, carries textbooks, school and office supplies, religious and secular trade books, gift items, EMU-imprinted clothing and novelty items, Hallmark greeting cards, and a variety of other items.

Special orders for books and supplies not in stock are always available upon request. Purchases may be charged with a valid EMU identification, check or major credit card.

The bookstore is operated by Follett Higher Education Group and is open daily, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Royals Den

Light meals and refreshments are available at the Royals Den, located in the University Commons.

Student Housing

Seminary student housing is available both on campus and in the community. University-owned two-bedroom apartments are conveniently located near the seminary building and can be rented by single or married students. See Auxiliary Services for more information. Many rental properties are also available in the community. For information on the on-campus apartments contact the manager of apartment rentals at (540) 432-4662. For information on off-campus housing visit the eclassifieds section of the web site.