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On this page: Computers, Laptop and iPad Loaner Program, Digital Media Lab, Microforms: Saving and Printing, Mobile Access, Off-Campus Access, Printing, Scanners, and Wireless Access.

For more information about technology at Princeton Seminary, visit IT Services.

Note: There is a pencil sharpener in the copy room near the Circulation Service Desk on the First Floor of the library.


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  • First Floor: There are four stand-up computers on the First Floor, located around the columns in the Concourse.
  • Lower Level, Second Floor, and Third Floor: There are wall-mounted iPads located near the elevator and near the stairwell (caddy corner to the elevator).

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There are iMacs available for sit-down use on the Third Floor, Second Floor and Lower Level of the Princeton Theological Seminary Library. These systems require a login using your PTS network account.

The iMacs boot into Windows and OSX - choose the operating system at power on.

System Status Page

The PTS System Status page provides the community a real-time view of the live operational status and availability of seminary systems and services, including Blackboard and other web-based systems. To receive automatic notifications, select the "Subscribe to Updates" button.

Visit the System Status page (Tip: There's also a link to it in the footer of the Library website.)

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Laptop and iPad Loaner Program Overview

Laptop and iPad loans are solely for Princeton Theological Seminary personnel (current students, faculty, staff and administrators) and alumni who have an active borrowing card.

Digital Media Lab Overview

Conveniently located on the lower level of the library’s North Wing Room 0130, the Digital Media Lab is a self-service facility where registered PTS students, full-time faculty, and staff can experiment, experience and employ the many uses of new media in theological education. It is a self-paced resource center for clients to train and complete multimedia projects independently. The Digital Media Lab also provides A/V rooms for VHS and DVD viewing of reserve and non-reserve media.

More about the Digital Media Lab

Microform Reader/Scanner/Printers: Saving and Printing

There are many ways to save and print scans (PDFs) from the microform reader/scanner/printers on the 2nd Floor of the library:

  1. Save to your USB key/flash drive
  2. Burn to a CD using the Windows 7 built-in burning utility
  3. Save to your H: drive (if you have a folder)
  4. Upload to Dropbox
  5. Upload to SkyDrive
  6. Upload to Google Drive
  7. Send email using web browser through webmail (Firefox, IE, Chrome)
  8. Print to any printer in the library using your swipe card to release the print job

Instructions for using the microform reader/scanner/printers are located in the microform area on the 2nd Floor. These systems require a login using your PTS network account, or a limited number of guest accounts (available at the Circulation Service Desk).

Mobile-Friendly Library Resources

Tools and Websites

  • BrowZine: A tool, available as a free mobile app and on the Web, for browsing online journals, downloading articles and creating your own bookshelf of favorite titles.
  • Library Website: You are currently on the library website.
  • Online Journal Portal: Browse and search an alphabetical list of all the journal titles to which Princeton Seminary has electronic subscriptions.
  • Research Guides: Research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly librarians.
  • Summon: Library search engine that includes records for books, articles, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations, videos, music, images, manuscripts, maps, and more.
  • (BETA): This mobile version of is currently in beta form. When accessing it from your mobile device, you will have to click a link to get to the mobile version. There are also some mobile apps available for download at is an online catalog of materials located in public, academic, corporate, school and specialized libraries all over the world.

Digital Collections

  • Guides to Manuscript Collections: A searchable database of over 200 guides to manuscripts located in Princeton Theological Seminary Library’s Special Collections.
  • Theological Commons: A digital library of books on theology and religion. Developed in partnership with the Internet Archive, the Theological Commons provides free, global access to over 80,000 volumes, all fully searchable and readable online.


You can find the following in the Databases (A-Z) list. Access is restricted to PTS users and those connected through a PTS workstation on campus.

EBSCOhost platform databases are mobile friendly by default when accessed through a mobile device.

  • Academic Search Premier
  • America: History & Life
  • American Doctoral Dissertations
  • ATLA Historical Monographs Collection: Series 1 (13th Century to 1893)
  • ATLA Historical Monographs Collection: Series 2 (1894 to 1923)
  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials
  • Catholic Periodical and Literature Index*
  • Christian Periodical Index
  • ERIC (Educational Resource Information Center)
  • Historical Abstracts
  • Humanities Source Ultimate
  • Index to Jewish Periodicals
  • New Testament Abstracts
  • Old Testament Abstracts
  • Philosopher's Index
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection
  • Sociology Source Ultimate

Other mobile-friendly databases include:

  • Chronicle of Higher Education

*There is now a "Genre" limiter (located near the "Language" limiter) on the Catholic Periodical and Literature Index search screen. From the mobile site, tap the "Search Options" link. Among the options are "church documents" and "papal documents."

As in ATLASerials, the "Publications" link in the upper left of the search screen allows you to search within a publication, get items by journal issue, and subscribe to journal alerts.

If you're accessing the database from your mobile device, you'll need to go to the Full Site (by tapping the link at the bottom of the page).


Blackboard has a Mobile Learn app available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. The app is also available for Blackberry and Android devices.

Off-Campus Access to Library Resources

In order to access library resources, such as research databases and e-journals, from off-campus, you must authenticate via EZProxy using your PTS network ID and password. PTS Alumni must establish an account through the Help Desk in order to access a set of e-resources purchased by the library specifically for alumni. If you do not have a PTS username and password, you may find our list of freely available recommended resources helpful.


When using the iMac workstations in the library (Lower Level, Second Floor, Third Floor; Library Place (west) side of the building), use the printers closest to those workstations. These printers print in black/white only. You can also swipe your PTS ID card and release your document(s) at any of the three printer locations. If you would like to print in color, select color from the print menu and proceed to the First Floor Copy Center (near the Circulation Service Desk) to swipe and release your document(s) from the large copier/printers. Wireless printing is available from your laptop or mobile device. You will need to login with your network ID and password.

Printing privileges are available to persons with a network ID. Those who do not have one are welcome to use our scanners (which are freely available) and a USB flash drive. Scanned and stored data may be printed at the Princeton Public Library (65 Witherspoon Street).


Scanners are located on the First Floor in the Copy Center, on the Lower Level near the printer at the bottom of Stairway 1 (accessed just beyond the lighted display cases to the left of the Reference Desk), on the Second Floor in the North Gallery outside Special Collections, and on the Third Floor in the wide aisle in the stack area left off of the elevator. There is also a scanner in the Digital Media Lab on the Lower Level of the North Wing.

Wireless Access to Library Resources

The Princeton Theological Seminary Library provides wireless Internet, which is accessible in most public parts of the library building. Library users bringing their own laptops or tablets are able to access to wide array of online library resources.

PTS Guests

To connect to the guest network, with limited access, choose PTS-Guest-Wireless. Next, open a web browser. You should be automatically directed to a web page to authenticate. Use the password internet1812. Once authenticated, you should be able to surf the web, check email, etc.


To connect to the secured network, with full network access, choose PTS-Secured-Wireless. You will be prompted to log in; use your PTS network account username and password. OSX users may be prompted for a second login; this is your local computer login to accept the changes to your system.