Using Other Libraries

As a current student, staff, or faculty member of the Garrett-Evangelical or Bexley Seabury community, you have access to many other libraries throughout Chicagoland and within the United States. If you live in the Chicagoland area, you can use the Northwestern libraries as well as the other theological libraries in ACTS (The Association of Chicago Theological Schools) and Loyola University Chicago. For those outside of the area, you can access over one hundred theological libraries within the United States. Also, remember your local public library as well as our interlibrary loan and mailing/scanning services. For more information, explore the content and links below.

Other Resource Options

Through separate institutional agreements, all current students, staff, and faculty of Garrett-Evangelical and Bexley Seabury have access to the amazing resources and collections of Northwestern University. The Northwestern libraries have many study spaces and technologies that you can utilize. They also have millions of physical and online resources. All Northwestern items are discoverable in USearch, our online library catalog. To access the physical libraries, you will need a current seminary ID. To access online resources, you will need an active NetID (e.g., abc1234). To learn more about your NetID, visit the NetID page.

Garrett-Evangelical and Bexley-Seabury Students, Faculty, and Staff


  • Stop by the circulation desk with your current ID to pick up an ACTS card at any time.
  • The Styberg Library will issue Garrett-Evangelical and Bexley-Seabury patrons an ACTS card, identifying them as currently enrolled or employed and in good standing with the library.
  • ACTS cards expire six months after the date of issue and may be renewed, providing the patron is still enrolled or employed at the institution.
  • Patrons will need to take both their current ID and their ACTS card to the ACTS library they wish to use.


ACTS and Loyola Patrons


  • Borrowing cards for The Styberg Library can be issued Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.
  • Students belonging to an ACTS institution or Loyola University Chicago will need to present their current school ID as well as their school-issued ACTS card (if applicable).
  • ACTS borrowing cards expire 6 months after date of issue and may be renewed with proof of current enrollment.
  • ACTS card privileges extend only to The Styberg Library’s materials. Interlibrary loan services, remote access to electronic databases, and materials owned by Northwestern University (except for Loyola University Chicago patrons) are not included in the ACTS arrangement.

The Styberg Library participates in the Atla Reciprocal Borrowing Program which grants you access to many theological libraries across North America. Use the button to find an Atla library closest to you. Call ahead to inquire about their requirements and services.

Do not overlook your own public library, even if they do not have reciprocal borrowing with us. Usually, public libraries will grant you a borrowing card for free after showing proof of residency.


Use their Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services to request books from us or other theological libraries from around the United States.