Accessing Physical Items
Borrowing from Us
The Styberg Library is located in Evanston, Illinois, on the campus of Northwestern University. If you're in the area, swing by. We have generous loan periods and items can be renewed online. For direction, see our Directions page.
With your student ID, you also have access to the Northwestern Libraries. Northwestern items can be requested for delivery/pickup at the Styberg Library if you prefer.
Students who live more than 50 miles away from the seminary have the option to request items, excluding interlibrary loan items, to be mailed to their homes. To do so, simply fill out this form.
Borrowing from Our Partner Libraries
The Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) Library Council, of which The Styberg Library is a part, has a combined library collection of more than 2.1 million books spanning twelve locations. You are welcome & encouraged to borrow materials from any of the locations that best fit your needs.
Be sure to get your ACTS card before you go. This card is available from The Styberg 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 Styberg Library participates in Atla's Reciprocal Borrowing Program which grants you access to over 60 theological libraries across North America. Use the link below to locate the library closest to you, bring proof of your eligibility, and you are set.
Borrowing from Your Local Public Library
Local Public Libraries
Do not overlook your 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 ILL services to request books from us or other theological libraries from around the United States.
Find Your Item in Any Library
If you have a particular item in mind, we would be happy to help you navigate the best way to get it; however, if you would like to search yourself, take a look in WorldCat, an online database that searches the collections of over 10,000 libraries worldwide. You can provide your zip code or share your location to find the holding libraries closest to you.