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ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program!

If you are a Luther student who is studying from a distance, we have some great news for you!  You are now eligible to use the libraries of quite a few other theological schools around the country, due to a new reciprocal borrowing agreement between members of the American Theological Library Association.  

Here's how it works: you present proof of your current enrollment to a participating library, and agree to abide by their borrowing policies.  They may contact us to make sure you are in good standing here before they issue you a card.

For a list of participating schools and libraries, check this page.

Luther Seminary Library also welcomes students from participating libraries to borrow here.  See our borrowing policies for details and contact Karen Alexander (651-641-3301, with questions.

Desk Back in Circulation

Our new circulation desk is back!  It's a blend of portions of our former desk with a completely new ADA accessible section where our reference function will now reside.  In addition, updated lighting and fresh paint currently round out our new look.  Yet to come are some artistic touches that we think you will like as well.  Stop in and check us out -- and a book or two while you're here.

Big Changes in the Circulation Area!

You may have noticed that our circulation area has been completely dismantled. The desk is gone, the shelves are gone, and the artwork and books are gone. All that's left are a few cables sticking up from the carpet.  What's happening here?

Well, this is the last phase of bringing Gullixson Hall and the library into compliance with ADA standards.  Some modifications are being made to the circulation desk so that it will have a wheelchair accessible section.  While our desk is being reconfigured and refinished, we will be freshening up the circulation area with new lighting and paint.

Keep an eye on our space, because you'll be seeing some big changes here.  And in the meantime, check out and return your books and ask all your questions at the Reference Desk!

Free Accordance Training Seminars

Are your Accordance (Bible software) skills rusty? Would you like to learn some helpful tips?

The friendly Accordance trainers will be in Minneapolis in January & February for two FREE training seminars, and a 4 hour workshop focusing on Greek and Hebrew.

Register by email: Please indicate which seminar or workshop you’ll attend.

Friday, January 30, 2015, 1:00–5:00pm (register by January 26)
Bethlehem College & Seminary, 720 13th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, Room 318-322. Special Focus on Greek and Hebrew, Open to ALL.

Saturday, January 31, 2015. 9:00am–6:00pm, (register by January 26) Eden Prairie Assembly, 16591 Duck Lake Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55346, Fellowship Hall.

Friday, February 6, 2015, 9:00am–6:00pm, (register by February 4)
Fourth Baptist Church, 900 Forestview Lane N., Plymouth, MN 55441, Room 223

The seminars are for all levels of ability and interest, whether you use Accordance for personal devotions, classwork, sermon preparation, or research. You are encouraged to bring a computer loaded with Accordance, but it is not essential, as the trainer's computer will be projected.

Be sure to complete the interactive Accordance Basics online course so you can follow the sessions. The Podcasts series Lighting the Lamp is also helpful. 

Non-users are welcome to come for the introductory session and stay as long as they want. The more advanced sessions will cover the original language features, as well as the general interface, searching capabilities, graphical resources, and much more.


Copyright Guidelines & Policy

When is it permissible to copy and distribute other people’s works?

When should I ask for permission?

Who do I ask?

These questions can be answered by the recently updated Luther Seminary Copyright Guidelines & Policy. If you plan to copy, scan, record, stream, or distribute materials created by others, using our facilities or equipment, you must know the basics of copyright. This policy applies to Luther Seminary faculty, staff, and students.

What if you think your use is a “Fair Use” but you are not sure? Is your use an “Ordinary Fair Use” or is it more complex? The Fair Use Checklist can help you figure it out. If you are still not sure, check your analysis with a member of the library staff,, before making copies or distributing materials.

Library hours

Nov. 16-29
Mon–Thurs: 7:45am–10pm
Friday: 7:45am–5pm
Nov. 21-22: Closed
Nov. 23-25: 8am-5pm
Nov. 26-29: Closed

Nov. 30-Dec. 19
Mon–Thurs: 7:45am–10pm
Friday: 7:45am–5pm
Saturday: 1–5pm
Sunday: 6–10pm