The Paul Bechtold Library

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Library Hours



Academic Terms
Monday-Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 11a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday Closed

This schedule also includes Reading Week


Summer Institute Weeks (June 8-26, 2020)

Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 8:00  p.m.

Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


Summer and Semester Breaks
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Extensive Resources for Study and Research

The Paul Bechtold Library contains 150,000 volumes and receives 500 periodicals, providing resources for study and research by students and faculty members.

The library’s holdings include the Weber-Killgallon collection in religious education, and the library collection is particularly strong in materials related to religious orders, religious life, and Franciscan Studies.

Remote and Electronic Resources

Using Library resources remotely for the first time? All you’ll need is the barcode from your CTU identificaton (the entire 14-digit number). The process is explained in detail in this video


Most of the databases accessible on the Research Resources page can be accessed remotely. 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. It’s also the most up-to-date place to find eBooks.


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 Alum, JSTOR, and Project Muse (Religion Books ). Contact to receive username and password information for these databases.

Paul Bechtold Library at Catholic Theological Union


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Contact Us

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


For reference assistance, contact:
Deborah Winarski
Ph: 773.371.5463

Interlibrary Loan requests are processed by LaToya Thompson


Requests for professional services outside of those hours should be directed to Library Director Kris Veldheer.