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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I access online resources off campus?
  • Yes; the Princeton Theological Seminary Library provides students and other members of the Seminary community with access to library databases, e-books, e-journals, etc. both inside and outside the campus network. This is made possible with a single sign-on authentication service. You can learn more about that service here:

    In other words, authorized Library users can connect to licensed (and open access) online resources, including those found in the Research Guides, Summon and the Library Catalog, from any location with internet access. Visit the Library Home Page, Catalogs, About Library Databases, About Online Journals, or Resources for Everyone for more information.

    Feel free to contact Virginia Dearborn, Discovery and Web Services Librarian, if you have any questions:

    Reference Service will continue to be available during the closure as well.

  • Can I get help from the reference librarian?
  • Yes; Reference Service will continue to be available during the closure.

  • When is the library open?
  • Where is my class?
  • While Stuart Hall is closed, several rooms in the library are being used as classrooms. See classroom locations online and in the lobby of the library on the large monitor.

  • How do I get started?
  • Use these subject guides to discover introductory tools for your research. Subject areas include: Biblical Studies, History & Ecumenics, Religion & Society, Practical Theology, and Theology.

  • Is the library closed on Thanksgiving?
  • Yes; the library is closed Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday and Saturday.

  • How can I reserve a room in the library?
    • Princeton Seminary students must contact the Office of Student Life to reserve any room on campus.
    • Princeton Seminary employees who wish to book a room should use the online master calendar.
    • An alumnus/a or person outside of the Princeton Seminary community must contact Amy Ehlin, the director of conferences and hospitality, directly: Amy[dot]Ehlin[at]ptsem[dot]edu or 609.688.1935.
  • Where can I find reserve materials and textbooks for my classes?
  • Textbooks and Course Reserves

  • Where can I learn about on-campus, off-campus, mobile, and wireless access to library resources?
  • What is OpenAthens?
  • OpenAthens® is a single sign-on authentication service that enables access to subscription-based electronic resources both on and off campus.

  • Can I print from my laptop while I am in the library?
  • Yes

  • How can I obtain borrowing privileges?
  • Visit the Circulation Desk in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library and be sure to bring your ID card; use the link below for details.

  • How do I borrow library materials (including reserves)?
  • May Ph.D. candidates borrow more books than other degree candidates?
  • Yes; degree candidates in programs other than Ph.D. may borrow up to 50 books for a 28 day period. Ph.D. candidates have expanded borrowing privileges. Follow the link below for more information.

  • How do I recall a book?
  • If you want or need a book that is charged out to someone else, you may recall it. Follow the link below for details.

  • Can books be renewed?
  • Yes; you may renew items online through your PTS Library Catalog account (link below), but they must be renewed before the actual due date.

  • If I cannot locate a book that should be on the shelf, what should I do?
  • Alert library staff at the Circulation Desk (609-497-7940), giving them as much information as possible. A trace will be put on the book and you will be notified when it is located.

  • System not working?
  • If you encounter a system (e-mail, Blackboard, a library database, etc.) that is not working, please check the IT Status page to see if it is a known issue. You can subscribe to the whole page or to specific incidents to receive automatic updates. Updates on scheduled maintenance and other known issues are also sent out via Twitter @PTSTechnology.

    If you do not see the issue you are experiencing listed on the IT Status page, please alert the Help Desk to the problem with as much detail as possible.  

  • As a PTS student, may I borrow materials from Princeton University?
  • Yes; as a PTS student, you have the privilege of obtaining a Princeton University library card. Go to the access office in Firestone Library, the main library, with your PTS ID and another form of identification in hand. For more information, follow the link below.

  • As a PTS student, do I have remote access to electronic resources owned by Princeton University?
  • No, nor do our faculty. However, you have access to those resources from within PU libraries; follow the link below for more about using Princeton University Libraries.

  • May I borrow materials not available at the PTS Library or the Princeton University Libraries?
  • PTS students, faculty and staff, as well as CTI scholars may use the Princeton Theological Seminary Library's Interlibrary Loan, or ILL, service; follow the link below for more information and to access the request form.

  • Does Princeton Theological Seminary Library have guidelines for personal conduct in the building?
  • Yes

  • Can I carry my drink with me into the library?
  • Yes, but not your food; please read the policy linked below.

  • Are the Brick Café hours the same as library hours?
  • No; please follow the link below for more information about the Brick Café.

  • Where is the pencil sharpener located?
  • There is a pencil sharpener in the Copy and Scan Center near the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the library.

  • Approximately, how many volumes does the library currently have?
  • 1.3 million books and microforms

  • What is an Area of Refuge?
  • Areas of Refuge are safe places to wait for emergency personnel if you are unable to exit the building during an emergency. You may notice signs around the building indicating such places.