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Library Services

The library resources and services WI offers to its faculty and students are professional academic resources, appropriate to conduct graduate level research in a wide variety of fields.

As an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), Wilmette Institute faculty and students have access to the entire Flora Lamson Hewlett Library together with its branch library at San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, physical and electronic. The GTU library has subscriptions to important journal repositories like JSTOR and SAGE as well as to ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global. The GTU library also offers a large selection of religious academic resources. Through the GTU library, WI faculty and students can access a full range of library services like SUMMON search, interlibrary loans, library workshops and orientations, and library guides and tutorials.  

Access GTU library here
“Baha’i Studies” page on GTU website (under development)

Library guides and tutorials

Library Orientation for Online Students and Faculty (Video, 38 mins)

Open Access Library Resources

In addition, WI provides tutorials to faculty and students to open access library resources like Project MUSE, Directory of Open Access Journals, and JURN.

Project MUSE

Project MUSE provides free online access to open access books, journals, and digital humanities content from renowned university presses, academic societies, and independent non-profit publishers. As an open access hosting platform, Project MUSE ensures this scholarly material is highly visible, discoverable, and widely shared. Wilmette Institute invites the students and faculty to freely access thousands of open access books and journals covering an array of academic disciplines like religion, history, literature, philosophy, and more. This freely available content supports graduate-level research in the liberal arts and theological studies.

Access MUSE here

MUSE User Guides

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) indexes thousands of high-quality, peer-reviewed academic journals that are freely available online worldwide. DOAJ opens doors to reputable open access journals spanning disciplines and regions. Wilmette Institute users can discover relevant scholarly articles through this comprehensive discovery tool. Contact a librarian for help accessing open access journals on DOAJ.

Access DOAJ here 

How to use DOAJ


JURN is a specialized search engine that indexes open access academic literature. It enables users to easily find free, full-text scholarly articles, books, and content from open access sources. JURN searches through a carefully curated index of relevant materials, while utilizing Google’s powerful search capabilities. At Wilmette Institute, students and faculty can use JURN to quickly discover freely available publications to support their research. 

Access JURN here

How to use JURN

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last updated: 10/2/23


William Collins, MSLS, MSSc

Author, Researcher, Consultant

I began writing about Bahá’í theology and history when I was in my mid-20s, with articles in the journal World Order, and later in The Journal of Bahá’í Studies, The Bahá’í Studies Review, and library-related journals regarding organization of Bahá’í libraries. I also prepared a published bibliography of English-language works on the Bahá’í Faith, and continue to maintain a database of works that address the Bahá’í Faith. I have written several articles on the Bahá’í approach to prophecy and millennialism. I am currently preparing a major volume tentatively titled Millennialism, Millerites, and Prophecy in Bahá’í Discourse. My main interests are the contours of millennialism and its relevance to Bahá’í thought, the mystical and covenant-based elements of Bahá’í theology, sociology of the Bahá’í community including approaches to contemporary social issues, racial justice, Bahá’í sexual ethics, and the relationship of science and religion in Bahá’í perspective. I am also involved in interfaith action, especially with regard to sheltering the homeless, affordable housing, and achieving justice and equity.See Faculty Bio


Hasti Khoshnammanesh, MSc

Hasti is a passionate advocate for education and community service. She holds a Master's degree in Multidisciplinary Studies (Education) from the State University of New York at Buffalo and serves at the Wilmette Institute as a Digital Support Associate, utilizing her expertise in education and technology for the institution's growth. Originally from Iran, Hasti faced barriers to higher education common among Bahá'í youth in her home country. She overcame these challenges by studying at Bahá'í Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) and earning a degree in English Linguistics and Literature. Hasti has shared her educational journey and advocacy for Bahá'í education rights in various media, campaigns, and academic journals. Having spent 17 years in Brazil, she obtained a second Bachelor's degree in Education (Pedagogy) and expanded her knowledge during a two-year stint in Australia, focusing on Social Work. For ten years, she dedicated herself to educating students at the School of the Nations in Brasilia, Brazil, particularly in the Moral Education and Global Citizenship department. Her work involved teaching values and virtues and aligning with the school's mission to cultivate students into global citizens rooted in academic and ethical excellence.See Faculty Bio