Physical Item Borrowing

Borrowing From United & Northwestern Libraries

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United Library & Northwestern Library Borrowing Policies (Faculty)

  • All items due May 31st
  • Unlimited renewals
  • Maximum number of items: 500

Requesting Items from Northwestern Libraries

Faculty may request Northwestern Library items be sent over to The United Library Circulation Desk for pick up. You'll receive an email when the item has arrived, usually within 1-2 days. 

Managing Your Library Account Online

Get information on managing your USearch Account online, including online renewals, and special functions such as saving your searches and email alerts. 

Interlibrary Loan

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Interlibrary Loan

If the item you need is not available through our United/Northwestern library system, we'll be happy to facilitate an interlibrary loan for you from another library. Simply fill out the form below and we'll get back to you shortly. Turn around is usually about 10 days and loan periods vary per lending library.

Borrowing From Our Partner Libraries

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ACTS Libraries

The Association of Chicago Theological Schools Library Council, of which The United Library is a part, has a combined library collection of more than 2.1 million books spanning the nine locations. As a Garrett student, you are welcome & encouraged to borrow materials from any of the locations that best fit your needs.

Get your ACTS card before you go. This card is available from The United Library and verifies to the other institutions that you are a current student. ACTS cards expire every 6 months- at the end of December and at the end of June. 


ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing

The United Library participates in ATLA's Reciprocal Borrowing Program which grants you access to over 60 theological libraries across North America. Use the link to locate the library closest to you, bring proof of current enrollment, and you're set.


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Find Your Item In Any Library

If you have a particular item in mind, we'd be happy to help you navigate the best way to get your hands on it. However, if you'd like to have a go at searching yourself, take a look in WorldCat, an online database that searches the collections of over 10,000 libraries world wide.