Library News

Barbour Library Health and Safety Guidelines

Mask wearing is optional at this time while Allegheny County community risk remains at low or medium levels. Per our current Phase 3b Health and Safety Guidelines, all visitors must continue using the LiveSafe Daily Health Check app and show that they have received a green checkmark in order to use the library. Room capacities are at 100 percent.

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

The library is 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.

Accessing On-Campus Resources

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. 
  • Social distancing of 3 to 6 feet between patrons is to be observed at all times.

Accessing Off-Campus Resources

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 e-mail your research questions to You may also visit our staff directory for individual contact information.
  • While remote access to our e-books 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.

Reference Assistance

Visit for chat reference or to utilize library FAQs. The chat reference window is the 'Ask a Librarian' 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 monitoring that window and also be available for in-person research assistance on the following schedule:

Spring Term Hours:

  • Monday, Thursday, and Friday:
    • 9:00-11:00 a.m.
    • 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday:
    • 9:00-11:00 a.m.
    • 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    • 7:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday:
    • 9:00-11:00 a.m.
    • 3:00-5:00 p.m.
    • 7:00-10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday:
    • 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 28: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

*In-person Reference Services are only available Monday-Friday from 9:00-11:00 a.m., Tuesdays-Wednesdays from 7:00-10:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

**The library will be closed from April 7-9, 2023 for the Easter holiday. 

You may also e-mail to contact reference staff.