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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is Theodore Sedgwick Wright?
  • Rev. Wright was the first African American to graduate from Princeton Theological Seminary (Class of 1828). He served as the pastor of the Shiloh Presbyterian Church of New York City (formerly First Colored Presbyterian Church of New York City) from 1829 until his death in 1847. Wright was one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society and served as chair of the New York Vigilance Committee, which worked to prevent the kidnapping of free African Americans.

  • Is the library open?
  • Yes

  • What is the campus response to COVID-19?
  • Masking is once again optional indoors. Face coverings are encouraged for those who feel more comfortable, especially those who are immune compromised or have other health concerns.

  • I am from Princeton University. Do I have access to Wright Library?
  • Yes; Wright Library is open to the general public as of March 14, 2022.

  • I am a visitor. Do I have access to Wright Library?
  • Yes; Wright Library is open to the general public as of March 14, 2022.

  • I am a paid patron. Do I have access to electronic resources at Wright Library?
  • Licensing agreements only allow Wright Library to make subscription or licensed electronic resources available to certain authorized users.

    You can continue to take advantage of the resources offered on the seminary’s Theological Commons digital library or through the fuller list of freely available electronic resources.

  • Who has access to online resources off campus?
  • Wright Library provides Princeton Seminary students and other members of the Seminary community with access to licensed content (library databases, e-books, e-journals, etc.) both inside and outside the campus network.*

    Princeton Seminary Alumni
    who request alum database access have access to a selection of these resources as well.*

    Open access (non-licensed) content is available to everyone; see Resources for Everyone.

    In other words, authorized Wright 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 the Discovery and Web Services Librarian, if you have any questions.

    Remote Reference Service is available.

    *This is made possible with a single sign-on authentication service.

  • I am an alum of Princeton Seminary. Do I have access to electronic resources at Wright Library?
  • Wright Library has negotiated electronic access to a wide selection of databases for alumni.

  • How do I log in to the library catalog?
  • If you have an active @ptsem.edu email address, click on Login / My Account. Click on the Princeton Theological Seminary Borrower link. It may ask you to enter your e-mail address and then give you a place to enter your password. And then you will see your patron record (My Account).

    If you do not have an @ptsem.edu email address and you're a guest borrower, just use the second link on the login options page. On this page you'll enter your last name, the barcode number from your borrowing card and your PIN that you've selected. If you haven't yet set up a PIN, just enter your last name and your barcode and click Submit and you'll get prompted to create one.

    The guest borrower login involves a PIN. This PIN is also required for logging in via the MyLibrary! library catalog mobile app. Establish your PIN before using the app. For details and instructions, follow the link below.

  • Can you recommend a good place to start my research?
  • Our research guides are useful introductory tools for research. Subject areas include: Biblical Studies, History & Ecumenics, Religion & Society, Practical Theology, and Theology.

  • 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.

  • How do I borrow library materials (including reserves)?
  • Can I print from my laptop while I am in the library?
  • Yes

  • How can I obtain borrowing privileges?
  • Visit theCirculation Desk and be sure to bring your ID card; use the link below for details.

  • How many books can I borrow?
  • How do I recall a book?
  • If Princeton Theological Seminary faculty, students or staff want or need a book that is checked out to someone else, they may recall it. Follow the link below for details.

  • Can books be renewed?
  • Yes; you may renew items online or via SMS (text) through your Wright Library Catalog account, 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.

  • As a Princeton Seminary student, may I borrow materials from Princeton University?
  • Yes; as a Princeton Seminary 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 Princeton Seminary 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 Wright Library or the Princeton University Libraries?
  • Princeton Seminary students, faculty and staff, as well as CTI scholars, Visiting Scholars and OMSC Global Partners may use Wright Library's Interlibrary Loan, or ILL, service; follow the link below for more information and to access the request form.

  • Does Wright Library lend to other libraries?
  • Yes; Wright Library participates in interlibrary loan through OCLC and also offers direct borrowing with Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association (SEPTLA) member libraries. Contact your institution's library to initiate a request.

    Interlibrary loan service also allows Princeton Seminary students to borrow materials from other libraries. Look for May I borrow materials not available at Wright Library or the Princeton University Libraries? in this FAQ list.

  • System not working?
  • If you encounter a system (e-mail, BrightSpace, 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.

  • Approximately, how many volumes does Wright Library currently have?
  • Over 600,000 print books in the general collection, plus access to millions of e-books

  • Is Wright Library accepting book donations?
  • At this time, we are not accepting donations of books, archival collections, or artifacts.

    Please check this FAQ for future updates.