On this page, you can find information about some of our key services, with links to additional resources about them. Let us know if you have any questions about our services.
The library holds 400,000+ items, including books, journals, DVDs, CDs, and more. You can check out many of these materials. In addition, you have access to millions of other items through the Northwestern Libraries. You can also check out materials from other theological schools in Chicagoland and across the United States. Check out the links below for more information.
You can print materials at the library using one of our two printers. To do this, you will need to set up a free PaperCut account at the Circulation Desk. The larger printer allows you to print in color, while the smaller printer only allows black and white printing. Both printers can print on both sides, which can save money and paper. To learn more about printing, check out the link below.
The library has three scanners available for free use. All three are located in the main Reference Room. These scanners offer various options, like the ability to email and save to cloud/USB. You can also edit your scans. For more information, check out the links below.
Every semester, we place all required texts on reserve. This includes physical and electronic resources. Physical materials can be used for 2 hours in the library, while electronic materials have various loan lengths. Check out the links below for more information.
When you find a resource that we do not own, you can request a copy or scan through interlibrary loan. If you only need a chapter or article, submit a scan request. If you need an entire book or volume, submit a book request. Please note, we do not request items that are required for courses. For more information, see the links below.
If you are uncomfortable or unable to enter the library, you can request items for pickup. You can also request scans. You can do this through the online catalog or through our online forms. Check out the links below for more information.
If you live more than 50 miles from the seminary, we are happy to mail items directly to you. This includes Northwestern books. To request items for mail, you can either use a form or request directly through the online catalog. Check out the links below for more information.
Librarians are available to meet one-on-one or in small groups. We can meet in-person or online to discuss specific resources, databases, or help you find and evaluate research materials. To schedule an appointment, use the link below.