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Lenten Devotional 2020 and more

Feb 26, 2020

Explore a selected reading list, including the current and past years' Lenten Devotionals from Princeton Seminary.

You'll also find subject headings and other links for the season of Lent in this online guide.

Reminder: Special Collections is closed

Feb 3, 2020

Beginning November 25, 2019 and until further notice, Special Collections and Archives is closed to Princeton Theological Seminary faculty, students and staff and outside researchers, scholars and the public. All inquiries should be directed to the Managing Director.


Black History Month 2020

Feb 1, 2020

Browse a selection of books by Ruby Bridges, Austin Channing Brown, Ta-Nehisi Coates, James H. Cone, Gregory C. Ellison II, Tamura Lomax, Darnell L. Moore, Cornel West and many others currently on display on the first floor Concourse near the New Books shelves.

More books can be found in the Black History Month curated bibliography online (link below) as well as throughout the library. The call numbers of these books, the names of their authors and the subject headings found in their library catalog records are all good entry points for further research.

The curated bibliography also contains links to research databases, such as the Oxford African American Studies Center; lectures, such as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary; and other suggested reading, listening and viewing for Black History Month.

E-Book and Article level links

Jan 29, 2020

Recently, we discovered that many links in the library catalog and Summon were created for e-books that we do not actually have access to on the Project MUSE platform. Although we've taken the steps needed to fix the problem, the records/links will not disappear until early next week.

For the next several days, records for e-books that we do not have will continue to come back in Summon and library catalog searches. Apologies for this inconvenience.

We recommend looking for a print copy of the book, if you find that the e-version is not available.

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Article Level EBSCOhost Links

Also, there's a known "bug" in Summon with the links to articles on the EBSCOhost platform. When used from off-campus, these links go to the EBSCO login screen. The fix is slated to be implemented in the second quarter of 2020 (April-June).

Until then, here's what to do on the EBSCO login screen if you encounter it off-campus:

  1. Scroll down and click on the "OpenAthens Login" link.
  2. Use the box on the right to search for "princeton" on the OpenAthens page.
  3. Click on Princeton Theological Seminary Library.
  4. On the "Choose how to sign in" pop-up, click the first option (Please sign in with your seminary email).

Contact Us

In the meantime (and as always), please continue to speak up whenever you come across something that doesn't seem right. Thank you!

Contact the Discovery & Web Services Librarian

Library Hours

Jan 27, 2020

Welcome back! The library returns to regular term hours tomorrow, Tuesday, January 28:

  • 8am-11pm Monday-Thursday
  • 8am-6pm Friday
  • 9am-5pm Saturday
  • 3pm-11pm Sunday

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 17, 2020

Explore selected reading, local events and past and upcoming lectures honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Note: Regular term hours resume January 28 and the library will be closed Monday, January 20, 2020.

Troubleshooting an access wrinkle

Dec 16, 2019

If you encounter a link in the library catalog that starts with https://yeshebi.ptsem.edu/login?url=, please remove that piece and the link should work. (Some of the links in Summon also have this problem, because Summon includes catalog records.)

For example, https://yeshebi.ptsem.edu/login?url=https://bp9sf7rp2h.search.serialssolutions.com/ejp/?libHash=BP9SF7RP2H#/search/?searchControl=title&searchType=title_code&criteria=TC0001461282&titleType=BOOKS&language=en-US doesn't work.

But https://bp9sf7rp2h.search.serialssolutions.com/ejp/?libHash=BP9SF7RP2H#/search/?searchControl=title&searchType=title_code&criteria=TC0001461282&titleType=BOOKS&language=en-US does work.

The work that we did over the weekend did not fix this problem, unfortunately.

We continue to work with the vendor to resolve the issue and apologize for the inconvenience.

E-resource access, Sunday, December 15

Dec 13, 2019

In order to improve access points to e-books and e-journals in the library catalog, our scheduled maintenance of these records has been moved up from December 22 to Sunday, December 15. As this is a busy time in the semester, we thought it might be helpful for you to know in advance.

Plan ahead: Anticipate some reduced access to e-resources from the library catalog on Sunday, December 15. Before Sunday, if you encounter a link in the catalog beginning with https://yeshebi.ptsem.edu/login?url=, please remove that piece and the link should work.

Advent and Christmas Suggested Reading

Dec 1, 2019

Enter this season of Advent with some scholarly and devotional reading.

Update on OpenAthens

Nov 22, 2019

Users with a Princeton Theological Seminary email address, please select "Please sign in with your seminary email" when prompted.

Alumni, if you have not yet contacted the IT Help Desk to request access to the resources available to alumni, please do so. You can find contact information and more details on the Princeton Seminary Alumni page.

Visitors, please select "Sign in with an OpenAthens account" when prompted. The username and password can be found on the desktop background of the computers on the Library Concourse.

Screenshot of the "Choose how to sign in" window