The Paul Bechtold Library

Library Hours



Fall and Spring Academic Terms
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. by appointment only


Hours subject to change based on adjustments in building staffing made by the Vice President for Finance and Operations. See our Facebook page for weekly variations in hours.


Closed November 26-27

Closed December 22-January 3


Request an appointment.



Extensive Resources for Study and Research

To access the Bechtold Library’s extensive resources during Fall 2020 while classes are completely online, faculty and students have the following options.


Access the Remote and Electronic Resources using the instructions listed below.  You have access to many full text databases, thousands of journal articles, and thousands of ebooks.


Make an Appointment to use the Library in person by using this form. The library is open Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.  Although the library stacks are closed, there is a copier and scanners available and library staff to get books from the stacks for you.


Request a Library Book for Take Out 

The Library staff will retrieve and check out books for you to pick up from the tables outside the front doors of the Bechtold 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 but on a limited basis.  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 process for logging in changed in the Fall of 2020. 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 you are 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 Alum, 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