The Center for Adventist Research, often referred to as CAR, seeks to promote an understanding and appreciation of the heritage and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It combines the resources of the Adventist Heritage Center and the Ellen G. White Estate Branch Office to provide the most extensive collection of Adventist related resources in the world. Located on the lower level of the James White Library at Andrews University, it is positioned to not only facilitate the education of future Seventh-day Adventist church leaders, but to also develop academic and professional links with other Adventist heritage rooms and research centers throughout the world. Beyond the mentioned resources, the Center
- hosts the Seventh-day Adventist Periodical Index for the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Librarians (ASDAL),
- houses the Andrews University Archives and Record Center,
- serves as rare materials repository for the James White Library,
- actively cooperates in the educational program of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and the collection activities of the Seminary library.
CAR features exhibit space, a Reading Room, lobby, reception area, offices, and multiple storage areas including a large fire-proof, temperature controlled, and gas fire-protected vault. The exhibit space features significant memorabilia and rotating exhibits on the Bible, Adventist history and beliefs, Ellen G. White, and pictures and artifacts relating to Adventist history. In the Reading Room researchers may use comfortable and convenient study areas, a complete set of the published writings of Ellen G. White, reference works on Seventh-day Adventists and Ellen G. White, and a microform reader/printer. There is also a computer researchers may use along with several pieces of audio-visual equipment.