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Primo (Library Catalog). Log in for book renewals, book pick-up requests, and I-Share requests

Request an Interlibrary Loan

Search EBSCO Discovery Service for journals, articles, ebooks, and other electronic resources.

Search the Atla Religion Database with AtlaSerials PLUS

Search JSTOR

Check the Chicago Manual of Style Online for citation help


Current students, faculty, and staff who haven’t registered for electronic resource access through CTU’s single sign-on service should contact For technical assistance using these resources, complete the Electronic Resources Help Form or contact Deb Winarski.


A-Z List of CTU Databases : a comprehensive list of our subscription databases as well as selected reference books, web sites, and free databases recommended for academic use.

To search the databases simultaneously, use EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).


The database list can be filtered by subject. Some subjects include:


Biblical Studies


Jewish Studies



Search the Catalog (PrimoVE) and EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) when looking for ebooks

Search both PrimoVE and EDS for e-books. Some books are in both, but many are not! Perform your search first, then use the left column to filter your results. 

You can also search directly from the sites of our e-book providers. Some of our larger collections are:

Ebook Central (by Proquest)

EBSCOhost Ebook Collection

Project Muse  (humanities titles, provided by Johns Hopkins University)

JSTOR More than 50,000 titles from academic publishers (use Advanced Serach to limit your results to e-books)

Digitalia Hispanica for e-books in Spanish

The Library of Catholic Thought and the T&T Clark Jesus Library (Bloomsbury Publishing). Your CTU library credentials will work using directions on the site for institutional login with Shibboleth.

Loeb Digital Classics from Harvard University Press


For more help:

Download Quick start guide to e-books
Basic e-book information to get you started quickly.
Link to Lib Guide for e-books
Our e-books Lib Guide provides detailed help.

PrimoVE for CTU materials

Use Primo VE (the library catalog) to search for all print materials at CTU (books, periodicals, audiovisual). You can also login to your library account there, renew items, and check the status of books requested from other I-Share libraries.


PrimoVE does contain some (but not all) electronic materials as well. When searching for electronic periodicals and e-books, search EBSCO Discovery Service for materials you don’t find in PrimoVE.

PrimoVE for I-Share Materials

Primo VE  is also the catalog of more than 80 other academic libraries in Illinois which will send books to CTU for you at no cost (and more quickly than for loan requests made to libraries outside the system). Select All I-Share Libraries when you perform your search to see your borrowing options for these other libraries.


WorldCat contains the holdings of over 70,000 libraries, including libraries across Illinois. If you do not live in Illinois, you can use to see which libraries closest to you have the item you are looking for.


WorldCat is also useful for searching the catalogs of nearby libraries where you may have borrowing privileges but which don’t participate in the I-Share consortium (for example, Loyola University, Chicago Theological Seminary, and the University of Chicago Libraries).  You can borrow from those institutions by going there yourself with your CTU identification card. See the “Finding Books” tab of this guide for more details.


Finally, the Bechtold Library can request books and articles you find in WorldCat through the Interlibrary Loan program. Use the interlibrary loan form to request books from WorldCat. For interlibrary loan information or assistance, contact Aileen Mulchrone.

New Theology Review

New Theology Review was published in print from 1988 to 2011. Those volumes are available in the Library. Volumes from 2012-2018 were published electronically and are available upon request. Please e-mail your request (with full citation when possible) to Deb Winarski.


Additionally, the Atla Religion Datbase with AtlaSerials PLUS includes full text coverage of issues from 1997 to 2018 (login required. Browse issues here).

CTU Archives

The Archival collections contain official records of Catholic Theological Union and its administrative offices, records of the academic departments and faculty committees, institutional publications, as well as personal papers and memorabilia pertaining to CTU and its programs and people. Other noteworthy collections are included in the CTU Archives when they support and relate to the mission and goals of Catholic Theological Union.


The Archives are open by appointment; the following tools are available to help patrons to search the basic descriptions of archival collections to determine which boxes of materials they would like to view on their visit.


Contact Derek Rieckens, Systems and Archives Librarian, to make an appointment to use the Archives or for specific information about its contents.


Library catalog – basic description of archival collections can be found while searching the library catalog.


Internet Archive – more than 250  rare books owned by CTU and digitized through the CARLI consortium.



Search here for information on archival collections at major research libraries.