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Getting Started

The Styberg Library’s primary mission is to support your research and learning so that you can prepare yourself to be a highly regarded and bold Christian leader for the church, academy and world. As one of the largest theological libraries in the nation, we hold about 400,000 volumes, subscribe to more than 500 periodicals, and provide access to numerous electronic resources in partnership with the Northwestern University Library. To assist your research the library offers a few different research options.


Search for books, full-text articles, videos, journals, music, images, digital collections, and more from millions of records in the joint catalogs of Northwestern Libraries and The Styberg Library. To learn more about using USearch, check out this guide.

Religion Databases

A selection of electronic resources on religious and theological studies.

EndNote & Zotero

EndNote and Zotero can be a great way to keep track of references that you might want to use for writing a paper or to create a standalone bibliography on a subject of interest.

Research Guides

Designed by your librarians to facilitate your academic research and learning, Library Guides are online portals to high quality research information in print, audiovisual, and electronic formats. Search by subject/topic or class to retrieve the guide of your interest. You can read the guide on the screen, print, or email it, if you prefer. In addition to The Styberg Library research guides, NU Libraries maintains comprehensive subject guides: See NU Library's Guides by Subject.

Interlibrary Loan

If you cannot find the item you need either in The Styberg Library or NU Library, fill out the ILL request form online. We will do our best to acquire the item from other libraries. Garrett students have borrowing rights at other ACTS libraries as well as at the Cudahy Library at Loyola University.

Tutorials & Handouts

If you missed our workshops, there are helpful video demos and tutorials as well as handouts that you may find useful.

Reference Services

There are several ways to take advantage of our reference services. We are available to you through live chat Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm, by email,  or by phone. In addition, you are always welcome to drop by the circulation desk and ask to speak with the reference librarian.


We offer workshops at the beginning of each semester. These brief sessions will equip you with the research skills and information technologies that will prepare you well for your study and ministry. We also offer in-class instruction sessions throughout the semester upon request.