Andover-Harvard Theological Library intensified its collecting in this area when the Divinity School initiated its Women's Studies in Religion Program in 1973. The library works closely with the Schlesinger Library, which houses the University's major collection on the history of women in America. Andover-Harvard collects scholarly material on women in all western languages across the various fields of religion. Emphasis is on the role of women in Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, and the traditions of Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Special importance is placed on women in the practice of ministry, preaching, religious counseling, liturgy, and related topics. The library acquires general reference books and bibliographies on women and all titles required by courses in this area.