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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.

CTU patrons who are distance learners are eligible for participating in the ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program. A map of participating institutions shows where the libraries are located. Please contact public services/circulation for more information.

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 contact the library 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 the library to receive the login information.

The library also provides access to JSTOR and Project MUSE for CTU graduates. JSTOR and Project MUSE include access to online full text scholarly journals and monographs. Please contact the library to set up access to these two collections.


Current awareness services

JournalTOCs is a service that provides RSS feeds of the newest articles available from thousands of academic journals. CTU journal subscriptions are featured, but tables of contents from many other journals are also available. Library users can set up accounts with JournalTOCs so that they can be notified by email when new issues of their favorite journals are released. Any library user with a CTU email address may set up an account. If you would like to set up an account with your personal email account, please contact a librarian.

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 D2L, 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.

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.

Faculty Record

The library maintains an annual bibliography of faculty publications, the Faculty Record. This bibliography is available online.

Technology, Equipment and Room Reservations

Computers and Wireless Access

There are six computers located near the entrance dedicated for library research. Students can use these to check the online catalog or look for periodical articles. In addition there are several lab computers set up in the Northwest corner of the library. The printer is located near the lab computers. Please contact the IT office in room 528 (in the library) for assistance with the lab computers.

An iMac computer is available for audiovisual projects, and includes Camtasia and Adobe Pro, in addition to the standard Mac audiovisual editing programs.

The library is wireless, and you are welcome to use your laptop. Please contact the IT office at 773-371-5470 or room 528 (in the library) if you are having difficulty connecting to the wireless network.

Scanning and Photocopying

There is a book edge scanner available to make electronic copies of books and articles, which can be emailed or saved as a file to a USB drive at no charge. Two photocopy machines are also available, one of which is also capable of scanning a document to be sent by email.

Audio Visual and Room Reservations

Reservation forms for borrowing audio visual equipment or to use the Weber-Killgallon Room or the Stuhmueller Room should be submitted to the Library Circulation Desk at least twenty-four hours prior to use. Reservation forms are located at the Circulation Desk.

Microform Reader

A reader for viewing microfilm and microfiche is available. This machine will also scan images to a computer for saving or printing. Please ask at the Circulation Desk for more information.