Frequently Asked Questions

Using the Library

  • How do I access the library?
    • Visitors should enter the Seminary through the gate on 21st Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.
  • What is the library’s food and drinks policy?
    • Drinks must be covered with a secure lid. Food is not permitted in the library, but can be eaten in the foyer.
  • Can members of the public visit?
    • Yes, from 11 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday.
  • How can I get borrowing privileges?
    • Alumni and members of the public who wish to borrow from the library may register for Theological Research from a Distance, which offers online database access and borrowing privileges. For more information, visit the registration page.
  • How can I arrange for a tour or special collections appointment?
    • Please contact to set up a library tour or an appointment to use special collections. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate walk-ins.
  • How do I print?
    • Current students and faculty may use their GTS ID card to print, scan, or copy. Use the 5-digit number on the back of your ID card. For any issues with this, submit an IT ticket.

Coursework / Student Life

  • Can I check out course textbooks?
    • All course textbooks are held behind the circulation desk and circulate for three hours (no renewals).
  • How do I find my course textbooks?
    • You can check the locations and availability of your course resources, both physical and electronic, on the Course Reserves page.
  • How do I request an interlibrary loan resource?
    • You may request books, articles, and other resources for loan from other libraries. Please submit a full citation to
  • How do I use the library study rooms?
    • When they are not reserved, the library’s study rooms are available for open use on a first-come, first served basis. To reserve a room, contact a librarian.

Electronic Resources

  • Which databases do you provide access to?
  • How do I access ebooks?
  • How can I see which journals offer online access?
    • Visit the library’s Serials Solutions page to search by title or browse all titles.
  • How do I access my library account?
    • Visit the library catalog to access your library account to renew books online.

Writing a Thesis / Summative Paper

  • What are the different kinds of summative projects?
    • Theses, summative papers, and projects are opportunities for M.Div. and M.A. students to focus their attention in a particular area at the culmination of their studies.

      Theses make a scholarly contribution to a field of study. Thesis work is entered permanently in the library.

      project combines scholarly research with application to a ministry setting, either hypothetical or real. In the case of an actual ministry setting, a project may describe the outcomes of the implementation of the project’s proposals. Like theses, projects are placed in the library.

      summative paper is a piece of work in which a student integrates the learning of one’s degree program in a paper on a particular topic. The emphasis is on the integration of learning, rather than on a scholarly contribution. Summative papers tend to be shorter than theses and are not placed in the library.

  • What are the thesis requirements?



Library Hours 2023

January 28 - February 5      CLOSED

Spring Semester

starting February 6
Monday 9 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 9 am - 10 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 5 pm
Thursday 9 am - 10 pm
Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday CLOSED


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