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Updated: January 13, 2021

The Styberg Library, along with Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, remains closed at this time. We remain committed, however, to serving the academic and research needs of the Seminary community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our reopening plans are aligned with the Seminary’s Campus Reopening Plan, which is designed to ensure everyone’s utmost safety. 

Library staff are now available in the Library Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm. To ensure social distancing, only two staff members will work on-site at the library, while the other two staff members will continue to work remotely. No one else will be allowed in the library at this time. The staff working on site will manage curbside pickup, mailing/delivery of physical book requests, scans of physical items (including Reserves), and interlibrary loan requests. See the tabs below, specifically the Physical Resources (Pickup, Mail, or Scan)Online Resources, and Staff Availability tabs, for updated information about these services. 

On Monday, January 18, the Styberg Library will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will not offer curbside pickup or scans, and librarians will be unavailable. Please check out our January digital display which highlights library resources by and about Dr. King and celebrates his life and ministry.

Physical Resources (Pickup, Mail, or Scan)

While access to the Library itself is still not possible, we are able to provide access to most of our circulating physical resources, including Northwestern Library items, through curbside pickup and mail. This service is only provided to current Garrett-Evangelical and Bexley Seabury students, faculty, and staff. To submit item requests for pickup or mail, please see our Curbside Pickup Request Instructions.  

If you would like us to mail your requests to you, please note this in the Comment section when you request your items, or use the mail delivery request form. We can only offer this to Garrett-Evangelical and Bexley Seabury patrons who live more than fifty miles away from the Seminary and within the United States. There is a limit of 5 items per person per weekday. 

Non-requestable materials, like reserve and reference books, will be eligible for scanning. Scans of print materials (including reserve and reference items) will be provided by Library staff. There is a limit of 5 scan requests per person per week, with a maximum of 100 total pages. Be aware that copyright restrictions still apply, and all requests must meet fair use guidelines. For more information, see the Copyright Checklist. If you need to have chapters scanned, please use the Scan Request form to submit your request. If you have questions or concerns about this, email us


Currently, all required items for fall courses are on reserve. We have both print and electronic resources on reserve. For more information about these different types, see the sections below. 

You can find your course reserves in USearch. To learn how, watch the Reserves Tutorial

Print Reserves  

While these items cannot be checked out, you can place scan requests using the Scan Request Form. Due to the limits of copyright, we can only scan what is deemed to be fair use. We cannot scan large sections of any book, and we cannot scan entire books. For more information, see the Copyright Checklist.

Electronic Reserves  

Some reserves are available electronically either through the Styberg Library or Northwestern. Most of these ebooks are available for unlimited use; however, some are limited to one or three users. In this case, one-user ebooks cannot be checked out or downloaded and can only be viewed online. Three-user books can be checked out by two users, while one copy will remain available online. This copy cannot be checked out or downloaded. We set these limits to make sure that an ebook is always available for use. For more information about the different ebook providers and how to use them, see the Finding & Accessing Ebooks guide. Other electronic reserves may be available through the HathiTrust Emergency Library. To learn how to use HathiTrust, check out the Accessing New Ebooks through HathiTrust guide

Online Resources

All of our online resources remain available, and we have added quite a few new ebooks. You can find most online resources directly by searching in USearch (the library’s online catalog) and clicking the links within the item records. For more information about using USearch, see the USearch Help page, which includes the Introduction to USearch tutorial. For tips on finding online resources, see the Finding Online Resources guide. To learn even more about our online resources, please consult the Distance Learning page.  

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) 

This summer, multi-factor authentication was enabled for all electronic resources that are accessed with your NetID. This additional security measure requires you to authenticate with a separate device, like a phone, before accessing the resource. You will need to register your NetID with a device. For more information, see the MFA update page

Increased Access to Online Materials  

This semester, we will have increased access to ebooks through the Hathi Trust emergency library. The emergency library contains scans of over one-million print books in the Northwestern libraries, which includes the Styberg Library. This program will require us to make any physical copies unavailable so that we can provide online access. If you see a HathiTrust link within a record, click on it to open an online version of a print book that you can check out for a limited time. For more information, check out the Accessing New Ebooks through HathiTrust guide

The Styberg Library has also purchased quite a few ebooks this summer. To access these ebooks, you will need to log in with your email credentials. Your username will be your firstname.lastname, and your password will be the same as your email password. These ebooks will be only be available to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary students, faculty, and staff. For more information about how to access these resources, see the Finding & Accessing Ebooks guide

Other electronic resources are still temporarily available. These were originally made available on an emergency basis, but some of them continue. For more information about these, please see the Special Resources guide.  

Databases, Guides, & Tutorials 

Through our relationship with Northwestern, you can access to over 1,000 online databases. We also curate a list of religion databases, and we create research guides to help you find and access library resources. Additional helpful tutorials and handouts can be found on the Handouts & Tutorials page

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan is available for non-reserve, checked out, or unowned items. Requests can be made through the ILL forms on the library website under the “Services” tab. 

Styberg Library staff have limited time in the library, and library services at other libraries are also limited. This means, you can expect a longer than usual turnaround time. Please be assured we will get your materials to you as quickly as possible, but we ask for your patience. 

You will be notified when your ILL books arrive, and you will be able to pick them up at the library during curbside pickup hours. ILL books must be picked up by the borrower at the library. We cannot mail them. 

Scans of journal articles and chapters of books can be delivered electronically and can be filled faster than requests for books.  

Return ILL books in the outside book drop by the due date marked on the white band. 


You can renew your items through your account. See the USearch Help page for more information. If you cannot renew your books online, please email us


If you are ready to return your items, including Northwestern and interlibrary loan items, you can place them in the large silver book drop in front of the main building. It is to the left of the main entrance, close to the accessible, ground-level entrance, and it has a Styberg Library logo on it. The bin will be emptied every weekday, and your books will be checked in then. To ensure the safety and wellness of our patrons and staff, the Styberg Library will quarantine all returned items before making them available for checkout. 

Virtual Study Room

Want to study together while we are apart? A Virtual Study Room will be available from 8:30am until 10:00pm, Monday through Friday. Librarians will hold virtual office hours every weekday from 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm in the Virtual Study Room. Visit the Virtual Study Room to connect with classmates and support each other’s study, research, and writing. If desired, librarians can set up a virtual breakout room for individual/group study as well, just email us to request this. We hope that this helps you remain connected during this time of remote learning and uncertainty. 

Staff Availability

Library staff will work physically in the Library Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm to manage requests for scans and curbside pickup as well as perform other necessary services. 

We will be available via Chat (Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm), phone, email, and Zoom. We will also hold virtual office hours every weekday from 10:00am to 12:00pm & 1:00pm to 3:00pm in the Virtual Study Room. If you would like to schedule a one-on-one or small group research consultation, contact us using the Research Consultation form.

Seminary Information

For the most up-to-date information from the Seminary, see the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES page

If you have questions or concerns that have not been addressed above, please contact us!