The Library of the Institute of Lutheran Theology has over 35,000 physical volumes available by next day mail service. It also offers instant access to over 16,000 volumes on ebrary and to thousands of full-text articles through ebrary. In addition, users can search world-class data bases and order virtually any resource they need through inter-library loan. A fully-qualified librarian is available to help users find the resources they need. 

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David R. Patterson, MR, MLIS


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Live Reference Desk

The ILT Library offers comprehensive theological and academic reference services from ready reference queries through in-depth research consultation services.


  • Reference Desk chat box available in the Library web page for ready-reference queries.

  • Librarian is available via Skype® for face-to-face reference interviews.

  • During each semester, the Library offers live reference services to students and faculty from 9am to 4pm Mon-Fri. 

ILT Library Custom Search Engines

The ILT Library has developed two custom Google® Search Engines to support academic research:

Full-Text Books

• Provides access to more than 10,000 full-text titles covering every area of study at ILT

Full-Text Articles

• Provides access to 354 full-text online journals covering every area of study at ILT 

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ILT Library Resources

Learning at ILT involves much more than just attending class. ILT students engage in extensive theological research as an integral part of their courses. To support student success in their research, ILT provides a full theological library for their
use. ILT’s Library director ensures that ILT’s students have the resources and research guidance they need to successfully complete the research elements of their courses. Regardless of where ILT’s students are located, the library can support their research needs.


Library Physical Collections

The ILT library has over 25,000 volumes in its physical collection covering all areas of instruction at ILT including: Biblical Theology, Comparative Religions, Doctrinal Theology, Ethics, Historical Theology, Philosophy of Religion, and Practical Theology. These collections can be searched and requested by students through the library catalog. Any physical materials requested from the library are processed and shipped to students within one business day.


The ILT library has an extensive physical collection of theological journals with holdings going back over a century. Students may search for journal articles through the library’s citation index (Index Theologicus) on the library’s web page and request articles from the library’s collection. Articles are regularly digitized and sent to students within an hour of the request (during library office hours).

Library Online Collections


Subscription Library Resources

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials

Produced by the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), the ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials provides coverage from 1949 and retrospective indexing for several journal issues as far back as the nineteenth century. Journals are selected for inclusion according to their scholarly merit and scope.


ProQuest Religion Periodical Database

ProQuest Religion covers formal theological studies and commentary on topics of general interest from the perspectives of many, worldwide religions. In addition, there are many titles from religious publishing bodies and nondenominational organizations. This resource presently has more than 260 journals, with most of them available with full-text. The content is full-text, scholarly, and designed to meet the needs of both religious studies programs and general library collections.


ProQuest Religion & Philosophy Ebook Collection

The ProQuest Religion & Philosophy Ebook Collection offers over 15,000 authoritative e-books, along with powerful tools to help you find, use, and manage the information you need.


Open Source Library Resources

BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine

BASE is one of the world’s most voluminous search engines especially for academic web resources. BASE provides more than 100 million documents from more than 5,000 sources. You can access the full texts of about 60% of the indexed documents for free (Open Access). BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library.


Bildi - Documentation for biblical literature Innsbruck

Classified documentation on biblical and biblical-archaeological literature, published in articles, collected works and monographs; since 1990 partly with references to book reviews


D. Martin Luthers Werke, Weimar 1883-1929

The biggest collection of Luther-texts on the Web


DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books

The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. Metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact. Aggregators can integrate the records in their commercial services and libraries can integrate the directory into their online catalogues, helping scholars and students to discover the books. The directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards.


DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ is independent. All funding is via donations, 50% of which comes from sponsors and 50% from members and publisher members. All DOAJ services are free of charge including being indexed in DOAJ. All data is freely available.


EThOS: E-Thesis Online Service

EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses.


EZB: Electronic Journals Library

The Electronic Journals Library is a service to facilitate the use of scholarly journals on the internet. It offers a fast, structured and unified interface to access full-text articles online.


HathiTrust Digital Library

HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. The mission of HathiTrust is to contribute to research, scholarship, and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge.


Internet Archive Digital Library

The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.


Index Theologicus

The new IxTheo is a comprehensive bibliography for theology and religious studies. It is now possible to search not only for articles, but also for monographs, databases and relevant Internet links.


Journals for Free

Journals for Free is a directory of open access journals and journals with some kind of open access to their materials. Journals for Free has now more than 8,000 open access journals, with 10,000 titles: in the first phase, we will include all open access journals indexed in the most recognized reference databases (PubMed, Scopus and ISI Master databases); in a later phase, other journals will be added.


Louis F. Benson Collection of Hymnals and Hymnology

The Louis F. Benson Collection of Hymnals and Hymnology consists of approximately 12,000 volumes on virtually every aspect of hymnology, with the exception of musical scores and anthems. Over half of the collection is presented here in digital form. There are many early editions of the metrical psalms; historical hymnbooks of all of the major Protestant denominations; evangelistic, revival and gospel hymnbooks; hymns for the Sunday School and children; religious poetry; and books about hymns, hymn writers, and the use of music and song in worship. While the collection especially reflects Dr. Benson’s interest in the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition and the development of English and American hymnody, there are representative materials of Greek and Latin hymnody; German, French, Dutch and other European hymn traditions; and hymnbooks in various languages designed for use in the mission field. There are many rare editions, particularly of English, Scottish and early American hymnbooks.


Open Access Theses and Dissertations aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 4,091,710 theses and dissertations.



The Sabinet African ePublications (SA ePublications) service has been available online to clients with great success since 2001. This service is the most comprehensive, searchable collection of full-text African electronic journals available on one platform which focuses on information originating from or pertaining to Africa.


Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary)

The Theological Commons is a digital library of over 110,000 resources on theology and religion. It consists mainly of public domain books but also includes periodicals, audio recordings, photographs, manuscript collections, and other formats.



Casalini Libri’s full text platform offers access to over 450,000 articles and chapters, 32,000 ebooks and 900 ejournals from over 220 Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese publishers.


Library Reference Services

The ILT Library has developed two custom Google® Search Engines to support academic research:


  • Full-Text Books – Provides access to more than 16,000 full-text titles covering every area of study at ILT.

  • Full-Text Articles – Provides access to 354 full-text online journals covering every area of study at ILT.

  • The ILT Library offers comprehensive theological and academic reference services from ready reference queries through in-depth research consultation services.

  • Reference Desk chat box available in the Library web page for ready-reference queries.

  • Librarian is available via Skype® for face-to-face reference interviews.


Additional Library Services


Inter-Library Loans

The ILT library’s interlibrary loan services opens the collections of every major theological school in the United States to ILT’s students and faculty. If the ILT library does not have a resource a student needs in its own collections, the librarian will find that resource in another library and borrow it for the student.


Research Guidance

Academic research is a skill that requires a systematic approach and careful attention to a specific process in order to be successful. The librarian is available to guide students through the academic research process, ensuring the students complete the research assignments efficiently, effectively, and successfully.

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