New Jersey Campus
The main NBTS building in New Brunswick, New Jersey, located at the corner of College Avenue and Seminary Place, was officially dedicated on October 31, 2014. The 30,000 square foot structure includes a chapel, classrooms, dining area, offices, and conference facilities, and provides excellent support for our students and faculty, now and for years to come.
The Sage Library is named after Gardner Avery Sage, a layperson from New York City who donated heavily and personally oversaw its construction. His vision was for an extensive collection in theology that was a model for other libraries to follow, accessible not just to seminarians, but the broader community as well. Its history and mission are detailed in New Brunswick Theological Seminary; An Illustrated History, 1784-2014 by Dr. John W. Coakley, L. Russell Feakes Memorial Professor of Church History Emeritus; the use of the library was, “to be extended to the whole Church and to the citizens of New Brunswick.” In 2023, the Sage Library community continues to include not only NBTS students, faculty, and alumni, but also Rutgers students, faculty, alumni, area clergy, and enthusiasts for the Reformed Church in America. By the grace of God and generous support from NBTS benefactors, Sage Library flourishes as the physical and digital hub for theological research in the New Brunswick area.
Sage Library was designed by German architect Detliff Lienau to hold 40,000 books. It was designed to look like a 4th century Roman church. In 1875 only the Great Hall and its second story were complete, with a basement. The intention was always to complete an expansion when funding was available for the Library to form the shape of a cross, the Great Hall being the “nave.” The cross formation follows early Medieval and Gothic church styles typical of academic libraries in the 1840-1880 era. Sage Library’s book hall style is thought to be one of only four left in the USA. The Gardner A. Sage Library now contains more than 160,000 bound volumes and 300 periodicals. Its archives and historical collections include rare manuscripts and artifacts. The Gardner A. Sage Library of the future will maintain the library building’s historic integrity and spiritual atmosphere that inspires scholarship, while enhancing its physical accessibility, and the collection’s discoverability, to better foster research.
35 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1196