To read is to fly:  It is to soar to a point of vantage which gives

a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared

experience and the fruits of many inquiries.

~A.C. Grayling

The Library catalog may be found at http://uucwilibrary.com

  • Our UUCWI library collection is located in the Baker Room, a.k.a., the middle classroom.

  • The collection consists of approximately 800 items which are organized first by subject and then by title to facilitate browsing. The Library’s digital catalog record for each item indicates the broad subject category under which that item is shelved. In addition, searchable subject ‘tags’ and printed subject area ‘dividers’ on the shelves will  help you locate the item you are seeking.  We encourage both browsing and using our online catalog!

  • For assistance in locating a particular book on the shelves, you may email us, identifying the item you are looking for by author and title.  When located, it will be delivered to you for check-out on a Sunday morning.
  • Library items are checked out on the sign-out sheets located on top of the bookcases under the window. Guidelines for borrowing books are displayed nearby and on the catalog website.

About 350 of the titles in our collection were donated by Rev. Kit Ketcham, UUCWI Minister from 2003 – 2012. In addition to her books on UU theology, living our UU values, ethics, religious, and UU history, you will find many volumes on one of her favorite topics—how Christian belief has changed over the millennia since Jesus lived and taught in the first century. Authors on this topic include Karen Armstrong, Marcus Borg, John Spong, and Bart Ehrman—well known modern-day professors and theologians—whose understanding of Christian ideals, Kit believes, is much different than what you might have learned in Sunday School years ago. Their easily understandable work will shed light on many of your oldest questions about the Christian faith, which is one of Unitarian Universalism’s most important Sources.

Another 200+ of the titles in our collection were donated by Don Cooper, PhD, a friend of our Congregation. His contributions are primarily reference books in nature and about the religions and religious thought that he felt were most important in our 21st-century context. As such, they serve as the nucleus of our church library. An additional 80+ titles are from the library of Reverend Wesley Veatch (now deceased), and approximately 100 titles are from the library of  Mary Ann & Tony Imkamp.

For more information, contact committee chair Joan Gerteis: jgerteis@whidbey.net.