The Paul Bechtold Library

Library Hours



The Library is open to all CTU faculty, staff and students but will not be open to the public until further notice.


Fall 2021 (September 7 – December 20)

(no appointments needed. Facemasks and vaccination required for entry to the building)


Mon-Wed  8:30 am – 8:00 pm

Thurs-Fri  8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday 12:00-4:00 pm

Sunday closed

Closed Nov 25-28


See our Facebook page for weekly variations in hours due to changing COVID protocols.


Books may be returned using the book drop in the reception area of our building’s first floor or the book return slot inside the glass doors at the Library entrance (5th floor).


Appointments are recommended if you’d like to meet with a librarian for research help or to use the archives.


Request an appointment.

Extensive Resources for Study and Research

The library is open to the CTU community for walk-in use for the 2021-22 school year, subject to adjustments required by changing COVID-19 protocols. Temporary changes will be listed on our Facebook page. If you’d like to meet with a librarian for reference assistance, appointments are highly recommended (use this form).


Request a Library Book for Take Out 

The Library staff can retrieve and check out books for you to pick up from the table outside the Library. You can make the request from within the PrimoVE catalog following the directions for Requesting Books from the CTU Library (please allow 24 hours for processing your request).


I-Share books and Interlibrary Loan materials are also available.  I-Share books can be ordered directly through the Library’s online catalog and Interlibrary Loan requests can be placed here.


Remote and Electronic Resources

Using Library resources from off campus? The IT Departments manages sign-in credentials for current students, faculty, and staff. Contact if you have questions about setting up your user name and pasword. Once  registered, here are some tips on Signing In to Library Resources .


The most-used full-text products at CTU are AtlaSerials PLUS, JSTOR, and Project Muse. Academic Search Complete is also highly recommended, especially if your research topic expands beyond theology. If you aren’t sure which database is best, EBSCO Discovery Service is the place to start. Searches there cover dozens of sources. The lists on our Research Resources are also helpful for understanding your research options.


Reference help is available (in person and via phone, email, and video chat) from Deb Winarski. Please reach out by e-mail first so we can determine the best time and method to use to assist you). 


If you are a graduate of CTU there are three databases you may access: Atlas PLUS for Alums, JSTOR, and Project Muse (Religion Books ). Contact to receive username and password information for these databases.

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Contact Us

For general information, contact:
Paul Bechtold Library
Ph: 773.371.5465

Interlibrary Loan request form