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.

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, 11 am – 5 pm), reading privileges are extended to:

–Alumni/ae of GTS;
–Current students and faculty of institutions with whom the Library has a reciprocal use agreement:

-Union Theological Seminary (New York City)
-Drew University
-Lutheran Theological Seminary (Philadelphia)
-Mercer School of Theology
-St. Vladimir’s Seminary
-Hebrew Union College
-Jewish Theological Seminary (for faculty and cross-registered students)
–Doctoral students in the Columbia/Barnard Religion Department;

–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;
–Clergy;
–Representatives of official agencies of the Episcopal Church;
–Persons with METRO referral cards (Same day only. Please call ahead)

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.

Alumni

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.

Library Hours

The Library is open from 9 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday for the summer. 

We are closed on weekends.

 Public Hours

The Library is open to the public from 11 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday.

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