International Society for Science & Religion - Library Project

Request for Proposals

Applications are especially encouraged from universities with active research and teaching in related fields, which can take advantage of the ISSR Library to substantially enhance the quality and impact of their work.

Purpose and Goals:
The ISSR Library in Science and Religion is a multi-year project designed to enhance scholarly and pedagogical access to foundational texts in this growing discipline.
• Drawing on the unique expertise of the invited membership of the Society, the editorial board has selected volumes that provide the essential core of research to date along with a number of additional works that contextualize major lines of inquiry. Foundational work in science and religion is coupled with explanatory and background texts in related fields as well as science, history, philosophy and religious studies.
• Scholars and students with access to the ISSR Library and Companion will have at their disposal a compendium of foundational and contemporary thinking in the field, thereby gaining a broad understanding of the work that has gone before. This access will promote study and research at an informed and advanced level and facilitate the development of new results and novel avenues of exploration.
• Institutions that successfully compete for receipt of the ISSR Library will gain important new holdings that will enhance their libraries and provide an information base on which to build new academic offerings and support faculty and student research.

Institutions of higher learning with permanent circulating libraries are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to those with active teaching and research but whose institutional resources for book acquisition are limited. Application should be made by members of the faculty or administration and must be accompanied by letters of interest from supervisory personnel with responsibility for library holdings and management.

Applications must be submitted online by faculty members or administrators at

Accompanying materials must include a signed statement of interest from the supervisor of the institution’s circulating library indicating a commitment to receive, display and circulate the Library.

Applications will be judged on a rolling basis beginning in July 2009.

Enquiries can be made to:
Sharon Mellul
Library Program Assistant
The International Society for Science and Religion
Bene’t House
St. Edmund’s College
Mount Pleasant

Tel. +0044 (0) 1223 740724

Supported by a one million pound grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the ISSR Library Project is based at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, UK. It’s Executive Editor and Program Manager is Dr. Pranab Das, Professor of Physics at Elon University. The Editorial Board consists of Dr. Philip Clayton, Dr. John Hedley Brooke, Dr. Wesley Wildman, Dr. V.V. Raman and Dr. Ron Cole-Turner as ISSR Executive Liaison, with Dr. Christopher Knight, ISSR Executive Secretary.