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


Due to coronavirus precautions, most library operations and all but the 24/7 space will be unavailable until further notice.  Books will be available to PTS students, faculty, and staff through a twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) request-ahead pickup service in the library lobby. To gain entry to the lobby for book pickup or to use the computer lab or printer, call PTS security at (412) 889-2208. There will be one patron permitted in the computer lab at a time, so please be considerate of other students if you are using the lab for more than printing. Requests for books should be submitted via email at Requests should be submitted by 9 a.m. All books should be returned through the outdoor book drop (library front porch). See the right sidebar for chat reference information.

Please visit the:

2020/21 Book Pickup Guide for full details on requesting books, course reserves, and journal article scans from the print collection.

Electronic Resources Guide for links to and instructions on accessing digital library materials.

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:

  • Tuesday - Thursday 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.