Search for library resources
While physical buildings are closed, library staff remain available to help students and faculty access online resources. You can search all our online resources with a “Google-type” search using the search box above or you can search EBSCO and other databases separately. In all cases, there are options for restricting your search results to full-text only. There are online tutorials on how to use the databases and links to numerous other online resources on the same page.
At this time, Interlibrary Loan services are limited to electronic articles and materials only and are limited to items that can be obtained at no cost. Although we have the added challenge of many libraries being closed, there are still a number of ways we can obtain items, so feel free to submit your requests and we will do the best we can to fill them.
Resources to support your learning and growth
The Library is your hub of information, in the heart of the red brick building. We are here to serve students, faculty, and staff in their learning, teaching, and research through database resources, reference services, bibliographic instruction, and an inviting place to study.
Phone: (206) 876.6119
Fax: (206) 876.6193
Library hours correspond with building hours.
Library ServicesRenew an Item
Items may be renewed unless there they have a hold for another patron. Reserve materials may not be renewed. Renewal requests must be sent on or before due date. If an item is overdue it must be returned to the library. Once it is returned, as long as there are no holds on the item, it may be checked out again.
You may request that the Library team place a hold on materials that are checked out, ensuring that they can not be renewed. You will be emailed when your item is available. Held items not picked up after one week will be reshelved.
Items not available in our collection can typically be borrowed from other libraries. It is important to begin your research early as interlibrary loan requests may take up to a week or more to arrive.
When searching our online databases for resources that are not available as Full-Text, you can use the “Request this article” link. For articles or books not in our databases, use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form
You are eligible for a free library card in your county of residence. As a student of The Seattle School you are also eligible for a Seattle Public Library card.
We are a member of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) reciprocal borrowing program. As a student, you have checkout privileges at participating libraries around the United States. Learn more about which libraries participate in this program.
Research Databases & Online ResourcesEBSCO Database
The Seattle’s School’s subscription to EBSCO includes the primary psychology and theology research databases, access to thousands of full-text, peer-reviewed journal articles, and more than 170,000 multidisciplinary eBook titles representing a broad range of academic subject matter.
ProQuest offers full-text, peer-reviewed journal articles in an array of fields beyond psychology and theology.
Psychotherapy.net gives you access to streaming training videos in the areas of counseling, psychotherapy, and addiction.
Native and long-term residents document a culture’s unique, intimate details, and show readers what life is really like for average people around the world. They describe customs, courtesies, attitudes, religion, language, dress, diet, lifestyle, and more.
A selected list of supplemental databases and other library resources freely available on the web:
- Biblical Resources
- Hebrew & Greek Tools
- Associations & Organizations
- Other Online Resources
- Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary)
- Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism
- The Christian History Project
- University of Washington Comparative Religion Department
- Book of Common Prayer
- Book of Order & Book of Confessions (PCUSA)
- Noncanonical Literature(Wesley Center)
- Religion Online
- Research in Ministry (Database of citations to DMin dissertations)
- Theological Research Exchange Network
- Associations & Organizations
- Other Online Resources
Library PoliciesLoan Period
Loan periods vary according to the type of material borrowed and the borrower’s status. Borrowers are responsible for returning items on time and in good condition. Loans of one day or longer are due by closing time on the due date.
|Patron Classification||Books||AVs||Reference||3-hour Reserve||3-day Reserve|
|Students & Staff||2 weeks||1 week||In library only||In library or overnight||3 days|
|Faculty||4 weeks||2 weeks||In library only||In library or overnight||3 days|
|Alumni||2 weeks||1 week||In library only||In library only||In library only|
|Local Pastors||2 weeks||1 week||In library only||In library only||In library only|
|Visitors||In library only||In library only||In library only||In library only||In library only|
Reserves are available on the open Reserves shelves in the library. They are in order first by course number, then by item call number. These items should always be checked out, even for short use, by a library or front desk staff person. This helps count the use, keeps track of the time due back, and provides equitable access to them item.
Holds and Renewals are not available for Reserve Items, although the “Overnight checkout” may be reserved the same day an items is request. Reserve items should be returned for at least 15 minutes before being checked out again.
Standard 3-hour Reserve Items
These items are designated with a blue “Reserve” sticker. These items checkout for 3 hours during the day, until overnight checkout becomes available.
Overnight checkout is available:
- Monday-Thursday after 5:00pm (items due back at 10:00am the next day)
- Friday after 3:00pm (items due back at 11:00am on Saturday)
- Saturday after 2:00pm (items due back at 10:00am on Monday)
3-Day Reserve Items
These items are designated with a yellow “3-Day” sticker. These items check out for three days and are due by closing on their due date.
The Library does not charge late fines for regular checkouts but asks all patrons to be prompt in renewing and returning items. The Library has finite resources and wishes to ensure equitable access to all library patrons.
Charges may be assessed in the following cases:
- Late fines are assessed for Reserve items at a rate of $.50 per hour
- Lost or damaged items, items that are more than 30 days overdue, reserve items, OR items that have holds may be billed for the actual cost to replace the item and a $20 fee
Unpaid fines and fees will be added to the student’s account at the end of each term.
The Library has a computer lab for use by students, faculty, and staff. Personal laptops may connect to the wireless network. Instructions for setting up this access are available in the library. An audiovisual viewing station is available for watching DVD or VHS materials in the library. Headphones are required to use this station; you may use your own or use the set available at the viewing station.
A printer/photocopier/scanner is available in the library. Scanning documents is free, and there is a minimal charge for printing/photocopying:
- $0.08 for a single-sided, black & white page
- $0.12 for a double-sided, black & white page
- $0.25 per side in color
Students can access their printing accounts to view their balance, add funds, and print wirelessly while on-campus.
Copyright is a form of legal protection provided by U.S, law, Title 17 U.S.C. §512(c) (2), that protects an owner’s right to control the reproduction, distribution, performance, display and transmission of a copyrighted work. The public, in turn, is provided with specific rights for fair use of copyrighted works.
The Library uses due diligence in complying with all of the provisions of the U.S. Copyright Law (17 U.S.C.) and its amendments, as well as the Digital Rights Management Act, as well as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. The library supports the Fair Use section of the Copyright Law (17 U.S.C. 107) which permits and protects citizens’ rights to reproduce and make use of copyrighted works for the purposes of teaching, scholarship, and research.