The Paul Bechtold Library

Library Hours

Mon-Wed 8:30 am – 8:00 pm

Thurs-Fri  8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday  12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday Closed


Reference hours: 9:00 to 4:00 or by appointment.


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.


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 undergoing changes for the 2023-24 school year. We will be closed beginning on July 1 for construction in our space. Electronic resources will continue to be available, but our physical books can’t be reliably accessed during this time. CTU community members have borrowing privileges at other I-Share and ACTS libraries and are encouraged to use those libraries for physical books needed during the summer. Reference appointments can be arranged via Zoom or in a classroom on campus (use this form to request a reference appointment).


Request a Library Book for Take Out 

Once the Library reopens (in September) Library staff will be able to 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 .

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.

“Is the Library open this week?”
YES! We are open. Here’s what’s available if you come in the week of September 18-22
1. Browsing the book stacks yourself — YES
2. Study carrels for individual study — YES
3. Tables for individual or group study — YES
4. Easy chairs and a couch for study — YES
5. Group study rooms to reserve — NO
6. Printer/ copy machine — NO
7. Computer stations for using the catalog– NO (but staff will help you find the books you need)
8. Scanner — YES, WITH A USB DRIVE (the scanner isn’t online, so you can’t e-mail scans to yourself)
9. Help from a librarian — YES
E-mail Deb Winarski for research help.

Contact Us

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

Interlibrary Loan request form