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Controlled Digital Lending

"Controlled Digital Lending is the library practice whereby a library owns a book, digitizes it, and loans either the physical book or the digital copy to one user at a time."

The Princeton Theological Seminary Library's partnership with the Internet Archive continues to expand access to theological material. Learn more

Watch Controlled Digital Lending Explained for an animated illustration of this practice.


The following screencasts are also available at Screencast.com.

Library Catalog Login

A brief demonstration of how to login to the library catalog, Sierra (WebPAC), https://catalog.ptsem.edu.

Library Catalog: SMS Alerts

A brief demonstration of opting in for SMS alerts from the library catalog.

Library Catalog: Mobile Versions

A brief demonstration about the mobile versions of the library catalog​.

Library Catalog: Saving your searches

Library Catalog: HathiTrust Example

How to Log In to HathiTrust

How and why log in to HathiTrust?, a screencast from HathiTrust for member library patrons


The following videos are also available on the Princeton Theological Seminary Library YouTube Channel.

Getting Started with Summon

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A brief introduction to basic searching in Summon, a library search engine that includes records for books, articles, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations, videos, music, images, manuscripts, maps, and more.

Running time: 00:02:39

Summon Searching: Beyond the Basics

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A brief introduction to advanced searching in Summon, a library search engine that includes records for books, articles, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations, videos, music, images, manuscripts, maps, and more.

Running time: 00:02:18

Discovering Special Collections Using Summon

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Building the Theological Commons

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A brief presentation about the Princeton Theological Seminary Library's flagship digital project. "[T]he Theological Commons represents a blending of the aims and methods of mass digitization with the informed curation and accurate resource description that are the hallmarks of librarianship...[working] to achieve a balance that maximizes the reach and usefulness of these digital resources for research and ministry."

Running time: 00:21:00

Access Preaching Resources

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A brief introduction to the free preaching resources on the Princeton Theological Seminary Library’s website

Running time: 00:03:31

Database Access for PTS Alumni

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A brief introduction to the research databases for which Princeton Theological Seminary Library has purchased alumni access

Running time: 00:02:25

Adventures in the Seminary Library Land

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Dr. Karlfried Froehlich, Benjamin B. Warfield Professor of Ecclesiastical History Emeritus, offers a tribute to Princeton Theological Seminary Library in a lecture given during Theological Libraries Month, October 2013.

Running time: 00:55:15

Library Lectures on YouTube

Audio and Video Recordings in the Theological Commons

A growing number of audio and video recordings from the Princeton Theological Seminary Media Archive are available in the Theological Commons.

Princeton Seminary Multimedia Channels