GTU Library Resources


Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Rd.: Student ID card is used to check out items from library. The identification card must have an updated sticker every semester. Stickers can be obtained from the Student Accounts Manager.

University of California at Berkeley: GTU students, faculty, visiting scholars, and staff may obtain a free library card for borrowing books and other materials from the UCB Library. Bring your GTU ID card with a current registration sticker to the Privileges Desk in the Doe Library (also called the Main Library). You will be issued a separate library card for UCB on the spot. Please note that this card cannot be used at the UCB affiliated libraries, including the Boalt Hall Law Library and the Ethnic Studies Library. See a complete list on the UCB Library website.

The Wilbur Collection and Starr King Reading Room: Starr King houses a special collection of books dating from the radical reformation (16th century) forward that documents the history of Unitarianism in its intellectual context. The books of the Earl Morse Wilbur Rare Book Collection can be studied in the Starr King Reading Room.  The Reading Room contains a variety of Unitarian Universalist Association resources, books from the Ministerial Fellowship Committee’s reading list, newsletters from congregations, UU organizations and more. These resources can be taken out of the Reading Room, provided that you sign them out and abide by the time limit. Recent publications from Beacon Press are shelved just outside the Reading Room, and can be checked out and returned on an honor system.

Worship Resources Bookshelf: Starr King has worship resources available. The bookshelf is located at the base of the stairs, next to the doorway leading to the back courtyard. Worship resources should not be removed from the building and always replaced on the shelves when done being used.

The Library Web Site

Information about our hours and other services may be found on the GTU Library web site. From the home page, you may link to GRACE, the GTU Library catalog, to electronic resources available via the Internet, to tutorials and handouts on a variety of research topics, or to other useful sites on the Internet. Notices regarding special closings or other news will also appear on the library’s home page.

How to Get a Library Card

After acquiring a library card from your schools’ Registrar, students, faculty and staff should bring their GTU ID card with the current semester’s registration sticker to the library. Please note that you should not provide your signature on the card until instructed to do so when you are presenting it to a staff member at the GTU Libraries Reference Desk. The ID card will then be bar-coded and laminated along with the registration sticker; you can then use it as your library card. You may wait until the first time that you wish to check out books to do all of this.

The GTU Library card may be used for borrowing materials from both the Hewlett Library in Berkeley (commonly called “The GTU Library”) and its branch library at the San Francisco Theological Seminary (“The SFTS Library”)

Fines are charged on overdue, lost, or damaged materials. For more information about recalling materials, placing holds, or other borrowing procedures, see the web page above.

GRACE, the Library Catalog

You can see what materials the library owns by searching the library’s online catalog, GRACE. Books may be looked up by author, title, subject, keyword, or call number. Books in the GTU Library are arranged on the shelf according to the Library of Congress call number system, the system used by academic libraries in the U.S. (To understand more about call numbers see or attend a library workshop).

Research Databases

The GTU Library subscribes to databases that provide access to journal indexes, full-text journal articles, electronic encyclopedias, and images. These databases are available via the Internet. Anyone may access these databases while in the library, but remote access from home is restricted to GTU students, faculty, visiting scholars and staff.

Reserve Books

Books or articles placed on reserve for a class are shelved at the Circulation Desk. To request an item on reserve, you must know its call number. Look up the call number on GRACE, either by the course number or the professor’s name. See the special links on GRACE to course reserves.

Research Assistance

The Reference Desk is located on Level 2 of the GTU Library. Reference Desk staff is ready and willing to help library users. The desk is staffed Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during semesters. For example, we can show you how to:

  • use GRACE or electronic databases
  • find a book or journal article
  • decipher a journal citation
  • get started on a research project.
  • P.A.T.H. (Paper and Thesis Help) is a one-on-one consultation with a Reference Librarian for getting started with research on a particular topic. This service is available by appointment during Reference Desk hours.


Library workshops, conducted in the Teaching Lab on Level 2 of the GTU Library, are offered throughout the school year. Topics include: searching the library catalog, using indexes to find journal articles and book reviews, and getting started on Biblical research. See the current semester’s schedule and a full description of each workshop on our webpage.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials not found at the GTU Library or at the UC Berkeley Library can be obtained for you from another library. This service is called Interlibrary Loan (ILL). ILL requests may be made at the Reference Desk or by filling out the Interlibrary Loan Request Form located on this website. Please provide complete bibliographic information, including publisher, date, volume, and/or edition. This service is only available to GTU students, faculty, visiting scholars, and staff.

Audio-Visual Media and Microforms

The Library has a variety of non-book materials: videos, DVDs, CDs, audiocassettes, filmstrips, kits, and slides. To see if we have a specific title, look it up on GRACE. Most materials circulate, but they may also be viewed or listened to in the Audio-Visual Room on Level 2 of the GTU Library.

The microfilm and microfiche collection and reader/printer are located on Level 1. Copies made from the reader/printer are 15 cents per page and may be paid for at the Circulation Desk.

Computers in the Library

At the GTU Library, four GRACE stations are located around the circular atrium. Five stations on the east side of Level 2 are for the Library’s CD-ROM databases and other research purposes only. The five stations on the west side of Level 2 are general-use Internet stations; time limits are set for use (see The Teaching Lab is reserved for class and workshop use only. There are no facilities for word processing, reading files on disks, or viewing personal CD-ROMs.

At the Branch Library at SFTS, computers in the public areas may be used for searching GRACE, databases, or Internet searching. A computer lab adjacent to the library is available for additional use.


Photocopy machines are located on Level 1 and 2. These machines accept copy cards, which may be purchased from a vending machine located next to the copiers on Level 2, or you may use cash.

Study Areas

On Level 1, two study rooms are available to GTU students and faculty for group or personal study. A sign-up sheet and keys for these rooms are kept at the Circulation Desk.

GTU students may check out a locker key from the Circulation Desk at the beginning of each semester. No personal items or library books may be stored in the study carrels; lockers are available for this purpose. Lockers are located on Level 1.

The University of California, Berkeley Library and Stanford University Library

Pick up a handout at the library or see the web page, “The University of California, Berkeley Library and Stanford University Library: A Guide for GTU Students, Faculty, and Visiting Scholars”, for a description of the resources available to GTU students at these libraries. GTU students may borrow materials from these libraries at no charge. GTU librarians offer a tour of the UCB libraries during Orientation Week.

The libraries of the GTU and UCB have a cooperative agreement for purchasing materials: UCB depends on the GTU Library in some fields, and the GTU Library depends on the UCB Library in others. Depending on your interests and the courses you take, the collections of the UCB Library may be an important part of your work.