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Services for Students, Faculty, and Alumnae/i


Interlibrary Loan

Patrons are responsible for requesting books from other I-Share libraries in Illinois by using the “Request” feature in the I-Share catalog. Periodical articles and books that are not available at CTU, or in other I-Share Libraries, may be ordered using the interlibrary loan forms found at the Circulation Desk of the CTU library or click here to access the online ILL form. There is no charge to borrow books from I-Share libraries. There is a 10 cent charge per page for periodical articles.

Interlibrary loan services are available to registered CTU faculty, staff and students. See the Interlibrary Loan staff between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for assistance with interlibrary loan requests.

Visiting Other Libraries

There is a reciprocal borrowing agreement between CTU and the University of Chicago libraries. To learn more about borrowing privileges at the University of Chicago, click here.

CTU also has a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the ACTS libraries. OCLC's WorldCat catalog highlights the holdings of ACTS libraries. For more information about the ACTS libraries, click here.

Off Campus Access to the Library

For instructions about accessing e-books from off campus, please see Database Access Off Campus for more information. Off campus access to library databases on mobile devices is also available for selected services.

Technology Tools for Research

There are a few additional tools the library provides to assist students with their research needs. A bookmarklet to search the library catalog from Amazon is available. The library's link resolver, SFX, is registered with Google Scholar, which can also be used in conjunction with Zotero. If you have questions regarding the use of these tools, please email Lisa Gonzalez, the Electronic Resources Librarian, for more information.


The ATLAS for Alum database is available to CTU alumnae/i. This online collection contains more than one hundred forty religion and theology journals. A list of journal titles included in the collection can be found at the ATLA website. If you are a graduate of CTU and would like to use the ATLAS for Alum database, click here to login. Please contact us to receive the username and password information.

The library also provides access to JSTOR for CTU graduates. JSTOR is a collection of online full text scholarly journals; the library's JSTOR collection focuses on theology, religion and the humanities. Please contact us for information on how to access this collection.


Library databases and course readings

If the library subscribes to a database that includes full text you would like your students to read, you can add a link to the article in Moodle, just as you would a link to a website. The URL for this link is often referred to as a stable URL, a durable URL, or a persistent link. The following instructions explain how to insert links to articles in library databases so that both on campus and off campus students can access readings. CTU also maintains a license with Copyright Clearance Center to assist with copyright clearance for readings that are not available in library databases.

Research guides for classes

Research guides are available for subject areas related to the curriculum. If you would like a course research guide with links to resources for a specific class, please contact one of the librarians.