Library Hours as of November 2016

Sunday - Closed
Monday* - 9:30am - 9:30pm
Tuesday* - 9:30am - 9:30pm
Wednesday* - 9:30am - 9:30pm
Thursday* - 11:30am - 8:00pm
Friday* - 8:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday - Closed

*Adjusted schedule for offsite meeting

Library Resources

With great information resources, online databases, and ethnically globalized and diverse materials, the Phoenix Seminary Library offers the largest private theological collection in Arizona. This collection is available not only to our faculty and students, but local pastors, missionaries, local distance education students and the Faith Community alike.

Printed Books - 48,513
Commentary Sets (Reference) - 58
Commentary Sets (for check out) - 53
Bound Periodicals - 2,401
Manuscripts & Archives - 21,285
Serial Print Subscriptions - 147
Subscription Databases - 9
Computer Databases / Programs - 81
Audio Resources (CDs, Audio Books, OPAC audio links) - 536
Audio-Video Resources (DVDs) - 347
Microfiche (Dissertations) - 7,389
Musical Scores - 176

Total Volumes - 58,526
Total Items - 89,997

(vols., manuscripts/archives, non-book physical items & e-Resources in OPALS)

Rev. November 10th, 2016 for the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) 2015/16 Report


Reference Materials

Approximately 4,000 volumes are located in the reference area and are for use in the Library only. They can not be checked out, except by special permission of the Director of Library Services, with a limited one or two day checkout. Photocopies of reference volumes can be made in the Library for ten cents per page.


All magazines and journals must be read in the library area. Current back issues are kept in the Periodical Reading Room just below the inclined periodical shelves. Older periodicals are kept in the 27,000-item archive area and can only be accessed with permission from the library staff. The American Theological Library Associations Religion Database (ATLA-RD), can guide patrons to numerous journal and magazine articles to do thorough research. ATLA-RD can be utilized from home through Patrons will need access instructions as well as an authorization number and password to use this excellent resource through the EBSCO platform.

Interlibrary Loan Program

Phoenix Seminary Library cooperates with other libraries throughout the country in the Interlibrary Loan program. Patrons who have need of books or articles not found in our collection may request these from other libraries. With FirstSearch, one can search over 272 million records in the WorldCat to find the materials needed for research. All registered patrons are authorized to utilize this password-protected research site upon request at no charge; however, training is required to utilize the FirstSearch service.

Class Reserve Books

Since these are high demand items, they are placed on a reserve location near the Circulation Desk. Some books belong to our professors while others are library books and are circulated for use in the library only. These books are required class reading and are set aside on reserve. Students who ask for these volumes must sign for them and are limited to a two-hour use.

Borrowing Materials

General Circulation
Most items may be checked out for nearly four weeks with one optional renewal. Patrons of the Phoenix Seminary Library also have privileges at several other libraries around the Valley through the Theological Library Cooperative of Arizona (TLCA).


Renewals can be made by phone at 602-850-8070 or on under the Library menu. You may also renew books by emailing the Library staff.


Library materials which are not checked out (and located on the stacks) can be secured for specific individuals by being placed on hold. Items will remain on hold for one day and may not be checked out by other patrons during this time.


Checked out materials can be placed on reserve, thus preventing another patron from checking them out again once returned to the library. When a reserved item is returned to the Library it automatically goes on hold. We will attempt to contact the patron and inform them they have one day to check out the item.

Patron Policies


Materials kept beyond the due date are subject to a fine of 25 cents per day (excluding Saturday, Sunday and holidays).

Lost or Damaged Books

Borrowers will pay replacement costs plus a $25 processing fee ($35 for TLCA) for each item unless they are able to secure for the library volumes in similar or better condition.


Books may be recalled at any time in order to support faculty, staff, or student needs. Books recalled but not returned by the recall date will be assessed a fine of $1 per day.

Copyright Law

The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code 108(f) (1)) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Any person using Seminary printers or copy machines are liable for any infringement or violation of the law.

As a student, it is your responsibility to understand what you can legally print or copy before being considered guilty of copyright infringement. “Fair use” comes into play primarily in the academic setting, and students are given certain copying or printing freedoms the commercial world does not have. If you go beyond these legal limits, the law sees you as a thief, one who is denying creators of intellectual property their just revenues. If found guilty, you can be heavily fined.

Photo and print copies are to be considered permissible and “fair use,” provided that the following criteria are met:

  • Use is academic in nature, for non-profit, educational purposes.
  • The duplication purpose is to make material available for study for the patron’s or student’s convenience.
  • The duplication regards a single copy of one original, as opposed to multiple copies of the same original.
  • No more than one article per journal or one chapter per book (10%) will be copied.

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