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ECC Library

The ECC Library is a Christian lending library for our members, friends, and visitors, containing of hundreds of books and audiovisual materials.

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Pilgrim’s Progress Discussion, March 6

I hope at this point in your reading you’ve made it with Christian to Calvary and up Hill Difficulty (if not, no worries – still plenty of time, but spoilers lay ahead)! I love the moment when the burden rolls away down the hill into the sepluchre!

I am interested to hear your thoughts/reactions to Christian losing his scroll after having fallen asleep in the arbour on his way up Hill Difficulty…

Pilgrim’s Progress Discussion, 21 Feb 2019

We are very interested to know about your experience with this classic book. In the comments, let us know if you’ve read the book before and if so, what are were your impressions. If you’ve never read it before, what are looking to get from this book? What copy are you reading – Modern English,…

Recommendations: Pilgrim’s Progress Church Read


Family Friendly Version
A beautifully illustrated and updated version that families could read together. The great story told in a way that is accessible to elementary age children.

Penguin Classic
If you’re looking for the classic version in the original seventeenth-century English, this is a great choice. Helpful notes and annotations included

Modern English Version
An updated version of the classic book without the ‘thee’s and the ‘thou’s. Same story, just a bit easier to read.

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Mission

The mission of the ECC Library is to equip, edify, and encourage Christian believers as they work out their faith. The library supports the ministry and mission of the church by helping believers to remain grounded in their understanding of God, to live out their faith, to effectively serve in the life of the congregation, to reach out to the community, and to use their leisure time in a wholesome manner. You are invited to visit the library and check out materials of interest to you.

Library Hours

Browse and check out materials on your own, anytime the church is open (Sunday mornings, and Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM). Library workers will be available on Sunday mornings after each worship service to assist with checking out and locating materials. to Top

Browse the Collection

Browse the collection online through the Library Catalog.

Get a Library Card

You need a library card to check out materials. You can apply for a library card in one of two ways:
1. Fill out the online Library Card Signup Form.
2. Fill out a printed Library Card Signup Form, found next to the checkout station in the library.

New cards should be available within a week. Your card will be stored in the library in an alphabetical file for your use, though you may take it out and keep it if you wish.

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Check Out Materials

Check out materials with a library card or library card number:

  1. Open the Library Self Service. If the computer station is not already logged in, a library volunteer will assist.
  2. Scan the back of your library card containing the barcode, using the barcode reader at the computer station. Confirm that your name appears. You may alternatively type in your barcode number.
  3. Scan the barcode on the back of the book or audiovisual item, in the upper-left corner. The title and due date of the item should appear, indicating it is checked out to you.
  4. All materials are due in three weeks.
  5. Within a week’s time, you should receive a transaction email detailing what you have checked out and when the material is due.

Renew Materials

Books and audio-visual materials may be renewed by a Library Volunteer after services on Sundays. Alternatively, an email may be sent to the Librarian at ecclibrarybloomington@gmail.com to request renewal.

Overdue Materials

All materials are due three weeks from check-out date. Patrons will be notified by email if materials are overdue and will be expected to return them as soon as possible.

If you Lose an Item

Patrons are responsible for replacing lost materials checked out to them. If a material has been lost, please contact a library volunteer or email the Librarian at ecclibrarybloomington@gmail.com.

If you want to donate

Donations of new or gently used materials are welcome. You may be place them in the Donation Box in the library area or give them to the Library Director. Please indicate your email or phone and name with your donated materials. If it is decided that a donated item does not fit well with the collection, it will be passed on to other ministries or otherwise disposed of. Monetary gifts are welcome. If you have a preference regarding the use of your gift, please get in touch with the Library Director.

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Volunteer

The Library Committee needs volunteers to staff the library desk and assist patrons on Sunday mornings, help check in materials, and aid the committee in the upkeep of our collection. To get involved, contact the Librarian at ecclibrarybloomington@gmail.com.
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Recommended Reading Lists

Missions/Mission Biographies: Pick up a copy of the books below from the church library – Walk in their shoes and learn about a God who called all nations to Himself and does so by using flawed, but humble, faithful servants like the ones in the stories below.  These true stories will not only inspire you but challenge you to allow God to also work through you in the community where he has placed you. See the full list.

Christmas Reading for Families: We encourage you to carve out time during this time of advent to curl up by the fire or at bedtime and enjoy reading some of these Christmas favorites with your children or grandchildren. The books on this list are all available at the ECC library.  Stop by and find out about our children’s reading reward program.