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Greetings to ESR & Bethany

Welcome to Earlham Libraries: We serve Earlham School of Religion and Bethany Theological Seminary

This guide links (see tabs above) to information of particular relevance to ESR and Bethany students and faculty. Feel free, however, to use any resource or service you find on the Earlham Libraries website.

Did you know...

Did you know...

...You can schedule a reference appointment to speak with a librarian via Skype or Zoom? Use these options to get assistance with research or to get help with your library questions. You still have in-person reference appointment options, or feel free to email a librarian.

...You can do Scripture searching in the ATLA database? Just go to the ATLA database, and click on "Scriptures" in blue at the top of the page. Then search by book.

Access and Connections Students

Greetings Distance patrons,

We are committed to getting library resources to you! In addition to an extensive collection of electronic books and articles at your fingertips 24/7, we offer these services to Access and Connections students:

Have Earlham Books Shipped to you, for Free, via Document Delivery

If you live 50 or more miles from campus in Richmond, Indiana, we will ship circulating items from Lilly Library to your residence. Visit the Document Delivery page at the library website for instructions:  

For technical support with this service, please contact <>

Borrow Books from other ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Libraries

If you happen to live near any of the 90+ participating seminaries, ESR and Bethany have reciprocal borrowing agreements with their libraries.  This means you can go to any of these 90+ seminary libraries and borrow items directly from them.  Be in touch with the librarian at that institution and identify yourself as attending an "ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing" seminary. You will be given privileges to borrow print items.  

Read more about the ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program.

View a map of participating seminaries and find their contact info here.

Ebooks Ebooks Ebooks

We have access to over 1.9 million ebooks.  Browse our collections via the library catalog.  


Instructional Technologies Director & Seminaries Librarian

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Karla Fribley
Lilly Library
Room 215

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