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Library Manual for Students

Library Manual for Students

Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements

Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements

In addition to resources owned by the library, several other resources are provided to aid with research. This section will review these resources:

Georgia Private Academic Library Consortium:

Luther Rice College & Seminary is a member of Georgia Private Academic Libraries consortium. As a consortia member, Luther Rice participates in reciprocal borrowing agreements with 24 institutions, three-fourths of which are private Christian Institutions. Some of these institutions (ex. Covenant College, Truett_McConnell University, Toccoa Falls College, Emmanuel College, Berry College) offer courses in Bible, theology, religion and philosophy and they have an extensive collection of library holdings in these areas of study. In total, these 24 libraries hold over 2 million volumes Luther Rice students can borrow. See the GPALS website for a full list of institutions. You must present a GPALS Borrower Card and a valid photo identification to the staff of the lending institution. If you are interested in borrowing books from one of these institutions, please email the library at for a GPALS Borrower Card. Students are responsible for following all rules and regulations of the lending library including a prompt return of materials borrowed.


Association of Christian Librarians Reciprocal Borrowing Program:

The ACL Reciprocal Borrowing Program provides in-person borrowing privileges to users from other participating Christian libraries. Luther Rice faculty, students, and staff may borrow from the physical collections of more than 50 institutions. See the online Authorization Form for additional information.


American Theological Library Association Reciprocal Borrowing Program:

The ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program creates an arrangement between participating North American ATLA Institutional Members to grant check-out privileges to each other’s patrons/students. See the ATLA website for complete information.


For additional information and a list of libraries organized by state, please visit our Borrow from Other Library LibGuide.


Other Resources

Other Resources

Local Theological Library Resources:

While Luther Rice does not have a formal agreement with either Emory College & Seminary or Columbia Theological Seminary, it is currently understood that non-students can secure library privileges for a fee. Check with their libraries about annual fees. Students living near a theological library should check the policy regarding non-student use of the library. 


The Congregational Library: 

The Congregational Library is a free research library with over 200,000 holdings. The vast majority of lending is done by mail. See for more details.


Local Public Libraries:

Online students may wish to make use of their local public library’s interlibrary loan services to obtain print resources. (Be advised to allow ample time for requests to be made and books to be shipped to your local library.)



WorldCat is a global network of libraries in the United States and around the world. If the library books you need cannot be found in the Smith Library catalog, you can search WorldCat to find them. Using the WorldCat catalog, you will be able to see quickly and easily if and where an item you are looking for is available for loan in a library near you. Follow these steps to locate items through WorldCat:

  • Supply the keywords (title, subject, author) in the WorldCat Search Box and click on the “Search” button.
  • From the linked results click on the item that matches your query.
  • Enter the postal code in the “Enter your location” box.
  • The library most likely will allow you to use the item in the library. If the library is on our list of those participating in reciprocal borrowing, you may obtain borrowing privileges, if you are a student in good standing with Luther Rice. (Use the top left menu to navigate geographically.)
  • If there are no nearby libraries, check with your local public library to ask about interlibrary loan services. They can often obtain books for very small fees, such as that for shipping.