Please visit the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary's page on Coronavirus Preparedness for full details on the Seminary's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Barbour Library page will address library services and resources only.


Barbour Library - Coronavirus Preparedness


The library will be open beginning Wednesday August 26th to PTS students, faculty, and staff only for limited hours and services. Access will be controlled via PTS ID, and the 24/7 space will not be accessible outside of library hours. Books will be available for checkout through a twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) request-ahead pickup service in the library lobby. Only course reserves will be available for walk-in checkout. The 24/7 space is the only area that will be open to non-library staff. Appropriate mask and social distancing procedures should be followed in all communal library areas. All circulating books are being quarantined between checkouts, and all books should be returned through the indoor book drop (front of circulation desk) or the outdoor book drop (library front porch).

Please visit the:

Fall 2020 Book Pickup Guide for full details on requesting books, course reserves, and journal article scans from the print collection.

Library Calendar for the library hours for the term. The front desk will not be staffed from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. daily, but the building will be open for book pickup and computer lab access.

Library Orientation Guide if you are in incoming student, or just need a refresher on accessing library materials, electronic resources, or services.

PTS Alums

We realize that closing the library will be an inconvenience for a number of our local alums, and we will be extending due dates for all checked out items until the library reopens to the public. The outside book drop will still be available if you would like to return books. 

Additionally, we would like to remind all alums that you have online access to ATLAS for Alums, which contains thousands of full-text religion and theology journal titles. Visit the library's Alumnae/i Library Services page and scroll down to ATLAS for Alums for information on logging in to the database, it requires an initial contact with the IT department if you do not have an active PTS user account. If we can assist you with navigating the ATLAS for Alums database or other general reference help, please email, or use our chat reference functionon on the Library FAQs page. 

Non-PTS Patrons (general public, clergy, reciprocal borrowers)

At this time, building access and book circulation is extended to PTS faculty, staff, and students only. We realize that closing the library will be an inconvenience for a number of our regular users, and we will be extending due dates for all checked out items until the library reopens to the public. We will also be extending account expiration dates upon reopening for all those with paid library accounts (General Public and Clergy cards). See the sidebar to the right for information on contacting staff. The outside book drop will still be available if you would like to return books.

Visit for chat reference or to utilize library FAQs. The chat reference window is the 'Ask Us' box on the right hand side of the page (or bottom of the page in mobile view). Reference staff will be manning that window on the following schedule beginning August 31st for the duration of the fall semester:

  • Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

You may also e-mail to contact reference staff, or visit our staff directory for individual contact information. Unfortunately, remote access to our eBooks and databases isn’t available to our non-PTS patrons. However, our online guides and list of recommended websites are available to all, and all patrons are welcome to use our online chat.