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 - Reopening Health and Safety Guidelines

Beginning August 23, 2021, the library will fully reopen to the PTS community as well as to the general public. Patrons may enter the library, browse the collection, checkout materials at the Circulation Desk, receive in-person reference assistance (see right side of the page for more information), and use the library space for personal and group study.

Per the Seminary's Health and Safety Plan, please note the following guidelines for visiting the library:

  • Only those who receive a green checkmark from the LiveSafe app health check may come to campus. All library visitors (both PTS community members and outside patrons) will be asked to show that they have received this checkmark when they enter the building, or, directed to the kiosk in the lobby to fill out the health check. 
  • Masks: Effective September 1, a universal mask mandate is in effect for the seminary campus, including the library. Masks are required for all library patrons and guests regardless of vaccination status.
  • Room occupancy limits will be observed at 75% of their normal capacity. These limits are posted outside of each room in the library.
  • Social distancing of 3 to 6 feet between patrons is to be observed at all times.

For remote/off-campus patrons:

  • Please visit the Electronic Resource Guide for links to and instructions on accessing digital library materials (PTS students, faculty, and staff only).
  • Need online research assistance? Use chat reference (see the right side of the page for chat reference information), or email your research questions to You may also visit our staff directory for individual contact information.
  • While remote access to our eBooks and databases is not available to our non-PTS patrons, our online guides and list of recommended websites are available to all, and all patrons are welcome to use our online chat.


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), as well as on our library guides page and our online catalog. Reference staff will be manning that window and also be available for in-person research assistance on the following schedule beginning August 30th for the duration of the fall semester:

  • Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays:
    • 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
    • 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays:
    • 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
    • 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
    • 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays:
    • 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
    • 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
    • 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 
    • 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

You may also e-mail to contact reference staff.