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 Association’s 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 www.ps.edu. 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.