Access Policy

Library Access Information

Library staff are available during the Keller Library’s regular business hours from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, except for holidays and other days as designated by the Seminary. During other times, student workers are on staff to provide circulation assistance.


Current and incoming students, faculty, and staff must register before using the Keller Library. Please submit your completed registration form in person or to

In order to gain access the library, patrons must have one of the following:

–a current GTS identification card
–a METRO referral card

Other members of the public should contact library staff to inquire about access to the Keller Library.

Reading Privileges

Prospective students and visiting scholars are always welcome to visit the Keller Library. The Library is open to current students, faculty, and staff of The General Theological Seminary and their immediate families.

With proper identification, during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm), reading privileges are extended to:

–Alumni/ae of GTS;
–Current faculty of an accredited seminary, college or university;
–Current students and faculty of institutions belonging to the New York Area Theological Library Association and the American Theological Library Association;
–Representatives of official agencies of the Episcopal Church;
–Persons with METRO referral cards (Same day only. Please call ahead)

Current students and faculty of institutions with whom the Library has a reciprocal use agreement or at schools participating in the Atla Reciprocal Borrowing Program should contact the library to register for borrowing privileges.
Scholars and others with serious research needs should contact the library to schedule a research appointment. This may require obtaining Special Collections privileges according to the regulations of the Special Collections and Archives policy.

Distance Access to the Keller Library

The General Theological Seminary offers the opportunity to enroll in a program called Theological Research from a Distance (LIB1) for distance access to the Keller Library. This program includes access to the Library’s databases, the ability to borrow books by mail, and reference assistance. Please visit the program page for more information about enrollment.


The Keller Library welcomes alumni to visit and use its collections for reading and research. For borrowing privileges and remote access to all library databases, alumni may enroll in LIB1, Theological Research from a Distance.

Starting June 1st, the library will be reopened to the public. Visitors must be fully vaccinated and show proof at the front desk. Masks are not required for those who are fully vaccinated. Please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Maintain proper spacing at library tables 
  • Continue social distancing/don't crowd areas
  • Please wash your hands and use the hand sanitizer station by the library doors 

The library will close at 5pm on Thursday November 17th and at 1pm on Friday November 18th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours: 

Wednesday 11/23 9am-5pm 

Thursday 11/24-Sunday 11/27 CLOSED

 Fall Semester Hours

Monday-Thursday 9am-10pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 1pm-10pm

Learn about The Way of Wisdom Declaration by our Faculty,
and discover more about the Way of Wisdom in the
Keller Library News.