Other Borrowing Privileges

University of Chicago / Regenstein Library

As a special perk, CTS student IDs automatically gain you access to the University of Chicago’s libraries. Access to the University of Chicago’s WiFi network will require speaking to someone in the ID and Privileges Office at the Regenstein Library. University of Chicago policies will apply to University of Chicago loans, including policies for handling overdue materials, fines, lost materials, claimed returned items, and recalls.

Asking for Help at the Regenstein Library

Anne K. Knafl is the Bibliographer for Religion and Philosophy. Her email is: [email protected] and her office is on the 4th floor, room 462.

You can also ask questions at the Reference Desk, across from the entrance gate on the 1st floor.


ACTS Library System

As a CTS student, you are also entitled to use the library resources at other ACTS schools. In order to use these resources, you will need an ACTS Library card. Take your CTS ID to the Learning Commons at CTS and the staff will present you with your ACTS card. These cards are valid for one year.

Here’s a listing of Chicagoland seminaries that honor the ACTS Library card.


ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program

CTS participates in the the ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program. North American seminaries who participate in this program grant check-out privileges to each other’s patrons/students. A patron/student walks into a participating seminary library, shows proof of current enrollment at another participating seminary, and checks out materials based on the library’s local lending policies.

Here’s the list of participating seminaries in the ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program.


Interlibrary Loan

If you need a book or article that is not available at the Lapp Learning Commons, you can place an Interlibrary Loan request for it in one of the following ways:

  1. If you’re searching in EBSCO Discovery Service, click on: note Fill out a request to order a copy of this item through interlibrary loan. A new window will open. Request this item through interlibrary loan;
  2. If you’re searching in OCLC WorldCat, click on the button “Request item through Interlibrary Loan”;
  3. Email [email protected] with your request.
    Please keep in mind that receiving materials through Interlibrary Loan can take up to four weeks. Patrons are responsible for keeping track of when their ILL materials are due.

In addition, interlibrary loans of physical books can only be offered at the CTS campus. Distance students are encouraged to place ILL requests through their local public library.