LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR ONLINE STUDENTS


Palmer Theological Seminary’s Austen K. deBlois Library is the primary resource for library materials. The deBlois Library is part of Eastern University Libraries, providing Seminary students with access to books, AV materials, and journal and research databases.

Access to the online catalog of Eastern University Libraries is available at http://eastern.tlcdelivers.com:8080/#section=home, or click on the library link to the right and choose the Catalog button. Search the online catalog for materials pertinent to your topic. Note the location and availability. Books in deBlois Core and Palmer Main are available at the Seminary and can be mailed to students in the West Virginia program and those in the OpenSeminary program who live outside the tri-state area. To borrow books, send an email to semlibr@eastern.edu with a list of titles. Include your address. Books may be borrowed for 4 weeks, with one renewal period. Checkout limit is 15 items at a time; the Seminary does not pay for return shipping.

Electronic books are also available through the online catalog. Click on the title, click “download,” and log in with your eastern.edu login to view the book.

Seminary students have access to more than 100 journal and research databases through Eastern University Libraries. These databases may be accessed off campus anywhere with your eastern.edu login. Databases of particular interest to Seminary students include the ATLA/ATLASerials Religion Database, Religious & Theological Abstracts, Old Testament Abstracts, and New Testament Abstracts. These databases index journal articles and book essays, providing citations, abstracts, and often full texts. Articles not available as full text in these databases may be available electronically through the A-Z Journal List. Access to the A-Z list, along with all other journal and research databases, is available at http://libguides.eastern.edu/az.php, or click on the library link to the right and choose the Databases button. Guides and tutorials for logging in to the databases and searching for and requesting articles can be found at http://www.eastern.edu/library/guides-and-tutorials.

Many college, university, and seminary libraries offer library use arrangements to outside borrowers, if not free of charge, then as a Friend of the Library with a nominal fee. We encourage you to contact academic libraries in your area to inquire about borrowing privileges. You may find it more convenient to utilize local libraries.

For further information, email the library at semlibr@eastern.edu or call 484-384-2945.