Library FAQs

Are food and drinks allowed in the library?

Yes. We just ask patrons to remember that this is a shared space and to clean up any mess they make.

How long can I check out books? How do I renew them?

Our main circulations books check out for 3 weeks, with the option of renewing them up to 2 more times (for a total of 9 weeks). Reserve and reference books check out for 2 hours. To renew your books online, sign into to your library account and click on “My Loans.”

What are your hours?

Our hours are found on our Library Locations page.

How do I sign into my library account? How do I sign into the databases?

Whether logging into your library account or any of the research databases, use your SIS credentials. Also, makes sure to add @westernseminary.edu to the end of your username like this: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What is ILL and how do I use it?

ILL stands for interlibrary loan. This is when we request resources (books and articles) from other libraries to meet your information needs. To submit an ILL request, please go to our Interlibrary Loan Request page and follow the prompts.

How do I get help from a librarian?

Whether you have a simple question or would like schedule a research consultation, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call one of our campus libraries (see our Library Locations page for contact information).

Are you a public library?

We are a private, academic library. However, we are open to the public and will gladly set you up with a free guest account. This guest account allows you to check out up to 6 books at a time.