The Paul Bechtold Library

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 10-28, 2019)

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

Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday Closed
Sunday 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm


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.

Library Card Registrations

New students, faculty, and staff: welcome to CTU!  To use your CTU identification card in the Library, it must be registered directly with us. Come to the fifth floor to register in person (we’d love to meet you!), or use this form.


Returning students, remember that your card expires every two years. Contact Latoya Thompson to renew your card (she’ll need your name, card number, and any contact information that has changed in the past two years).


If you are a graduate of CTU there are also three databases you may access: ATLAS 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


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.