William L. Banks Memorial Library

Dr. William L. Banks Memorial Library

"I charge you in the presence of God and of Jesus Christ, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching."

Romans 12:4-5

It’s now a reality!  In Room 200 on the second floor of the new main campus building, you’ll find the Institute’s new library dedicated in memory of MBI’s fifth President and fourth Dean, Dr. William L. Banks, who went Home to be with the Lord on April 19, 2020.  The library contains approximately 5,000 books including a wide assortment of Bible translations and versions, Bible commentaries, doctrinal studies, systematic theologies, missions, counseling, and Christian biography.

The library includes a large assortment of books and periodicals that focus on African-American history and culture, race in America, urban ministry, public policy, justice, Christian ethics, apologetics, justice, cultural decline, and sociological studies.  Pastoral and church leadership, Christian education, world religions, cults, the history of Christianity, homiletics, resources for the study of English, Hebrew and Greek, and hermeneutics are also generously represented in the library collection.

Included in the collection are books of sermons, devotional literature, topical studies on biblical subjects, family ministry, Christian marriage and parenting, singles ministry, small groups, and church management.  The library includes books on prayer and stewardship, hymnals and hymn stories, Christian worship, and music. In addition, the library includes atlases, concordances, and other reference books for individual Bible study. Secular studies include books on philosophy, psychology, American history, African history, English dictionaries, world geography, physical and mental health, and social problems.  

The library is open from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on school nights for the use of MBI students and faculty.  Students and alumni have lending privileges and may take books home for a period of two weeks.  Friend and partners of Manna also have access privileges to use the library by appointment when school is not in session.  Contact the school office to make arrangements.

Equipping Manna's Students for Christian Ministry