Asian Pastoral Institute Library

The Asian Pastoral Institute (API) Library envisions to be an inter-disciplinary repository of Christian and practical resources with distinctives in Asian countries, religions, and perspectives and Pentecostal-Charismatic studies.

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About Us

The API Library supports the study of Christian pastoral and theological studies, counselling and community work, and inter-cultural studies. Currently, the library has a physical holding of more than 37,000 book titles, 200 theses and dissertations, and a collection of more than 130 journals and magazine titles.

API Library’s digital resources includes Atlas PLUS®. API Library is also the co-owner of the Digital Theological Library 2 (DTL2)—a born-digital library for religious and theological studies. DTL2 contains high-quality e-books and full-text, peer-reviewed articles from various sources worldwide—comprising more than 119 databases, 1,400,000 books, 104,000,000 articles, 61,000 journals, and 492,000 theses/dissertations. DTL2 is CACREP compliant and supports the API counselling programmes as well.

Our History

Year Historical Development
2023 Library collection grew to more than 37,000 books, with additions made to support the studies of counselling and community work, and inter-cultural studies.
2022 Library moved into the new campus at Asian Pastoral Institute at 20 Aljunied Road, with a collection of some 34,000 books and an expansive digital library drawn from Digital Theological Library 2 and ATLA.
2021 Library subscribed to Vibrant, a cloud-based library management system, to enhance accessibility and reach of readership. It also acquired Digital Theological Library 2 to provide faculty and students with extensive digital access to e-books, journal articles and other quality theological resources for both education and research purposes.
2003 Library acquired VLib to enhance utilisation of library resources.
2001 Library moved to Crystal Tabernacle at 357 Pasir Panjang Road after completion of its phase 2 of development.
1984 Library collection grew to 3,414 books after 1,017 new books were added.
1983 Library adopted the Dewey Decimal Classification to organise its materials as a step towards professional librarianship. The number of books held by the library grew to 2,397.
1977 Library began as a training and development resource of The Tabernacle Church & Missions at Bible House, Armenian Street, with 763 books.