Library Resources

In addition to the CGSD library and public libraries in the Piedmont, students at the divinity school have access to major theological collections across the state.

Carolinas Theological Library Consortium – CGSD joined the consortium in 1998. Member institutions include Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), Hood Theological Seminary (Salisbury), John Wesley College (High Point), Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte), Southern Evangelical Seminary (Charlotte), and Union Theological Seminary-PSCE (Charlotte). The consortium itself is a member of the American Theological Library Association.

Consortium schools agree to abide by the following policies:

  1. Circulating materials may be borrowed by duly certified faculty, students, and staff of member schools from any member library in accordance with the borrowing regulations of the lending library.
  2. Borrowers are responsible for learning circulation and access regulations at the respective institution’s library. Borrowers agree to be governed by those regulations.
  3. Patrons need to borrow books in person. Libraries are not expected to answer telephone queries or provide materials by mail, except for inter-library loans requested through standard ILL request forms.
  4. Member libraries will maintain a current written statement of their policies in their public service area.
  5. Users of any consortium library are subject to all fines, rules and regulations of the servicing library. Patrons will be notified of overdue material by the library from which the material was borrowed.

Directions to member libraries, descriptions of each librarys resources, hours of operation, and contact information can be found at Divinity school students must show their Student Identification Card. Use of consortium libraries is free of charge to CGSD students.

Digital Libraries – Thousands of full text theological works are now available at no charge through internet libraries.

The Christian Classics Ethereal Library is a digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books selected for edification and education.

Digital Book Index provides links to more than 145,000 full-text digital books from more than 1,800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. More than 100,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free, while many others are available at very modest cost.

Digital Quaker Library (DQC) is a digital library containing full text and page images of over 500 individual Quaker works from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Universal Digital Library The mission is to create a Universal Library which will foster creativity and free access to all human knowledge. As a first step in realizing this mission, it is proposed to create the Universal Library with a free-to-read, searchable collection of one million books, available to everyone over the internet. Within 10 years, it is our expectation that the collection will grow to ten million books. The result will be a unique resource accessible to anyone in the world 24×7, without regard to nationality or socio-economic background.

University of Pennsylvania The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet.

Elon University – Belk Library has extended Community Borrowing Privileges to students and faculty at the divinity school through their Friend of the Library program.

How can I become a Friend of the Library? Simply ask to become a Friend at either the Circulation Desk or the Information Desk, and a staff member will assist you with the process. The membership fee is $25 per year.

What can be borrowed?

    • Circulating books
    • Music CD’s
    • Audiotapes
    • VHS
    • Audiobooks
    • Scores

How long are they loaned? Most items may be checked out for thirty (30) days and may be renewed three (3) times if not needed by another patron. The exceptions are Audiobooks, which may be checked out for two (2) weeks and renewed once, and scores, which may be checked out for three (3) days and renewed twice. Borrowers are responsible for all library materials checked out on their account.

What cannot be borrowed?

    • DVDs
    • Reference Books
    • Items on Course Reserve
    • Media Equipment
    • Magazines
    • Newspapers

Is there a limit to how many items may be checked out? Friends of the Library may check out a maximum of twenty-five (25) items at one time, except for Audiobooks, which are limited to a maximum of two (2) at one time. Library staff reserves the right to limit the number of items at any time if demand warrants.

What happens if my material is overdue? Patrons will receive a courtesy notice before an item is overdue. Items not returned and considered lost will be billed at the rate of $60.00 per item ($50.00 cost of the item, plus a $5.00 processing fee and a $5.00 non-refundable billing fee). Length of time between notices varies based upon the length of the loan. All borrowing privileges are suspended until overdue materials are returned. Community borrowers who have excessive outstanding obligations will not be eligible to renew their membership.

Special Collections in the Belk Library include the following of interest to divinity school students…

Church History Collection The Church History collection contains materials relating to the Christian Church (O’Kelly) and the Southern Conference of the Christian Church. The collection consists of church histories, biographies, The Christian Sun, The Christian Annual, Minutes of the Southern Conference and published materials related to the Christian Church (O’Kelly) and Christianity. Most materials predate 1957, the time when the Congregational Christian Church merged with the Evangelical and Reformed Church to form the United Church of Christ.

William Sloan Bible Collection This collection of rare and unique Bibles was donated to the library in 1988. William Sloan was a professor of Bible and religious education at Elon College from 1947 to 1972. After leaving Elon, Mr. Sloan and his wife, Bessie Pickett Sloan, travelled to various areas in the world such as Russia, Africa, and Europe-collecting Bibles along the way. About 50 books make up the collection, including New Testaments printed in languages such as Swahili and Icelandic.

Hours of operation are:

Monday: 7:30am – 1:00am
Tuesday 7:30am – 1:00am
Wednesday 7:30am – 1:00am
Thursday 7:30am – 1:00am
Friday 7:30am – 1:00am
Saturday 9:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 1:00am

Elon University is located in Elon, just outside the city of Burlington, NC. Additional information concerning the Belk Library, as well as a catalog search of its holdings, can be found at

Friends Historical Collection – Located in the Hege Library at Guilford College in Greensboro (5800 West Friendly Ave.), the FHC is one of four Quaker archives nationwide and is the official depository for the records of North Carolina Yearly Meetings (FUM and Conservative) and their constituent meetings. Book and manuscript holdings are extensive, covering history, theology, and genealogy. Students pursuing Quaker Studies will find the collection the starting point for their research.

The Friends Historical Collection Research Room is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Mondays, weekends, and major holidays. Those wishing to consult specific manuscript collections or artifacts should make an appointment with the librarian.

John Wesley College – The college, which recently celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary, is rooted in the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition and is a storehouse of research treasures for students from that background. The library, located on the first floor of the Norman Carter Administration Building (2314 North Centennial St., High Point), is home to over forty thousand (40,000) volumes, most of which are ministry oriented. The library’s electronic catalog can be accessed at:

Hours of operation are:

Monday 8:00am – 9:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 9:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am – 9:00pm
Friday 8:00am – 2:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday Closed

Divinity school students must show their Student Identification Card. Use of the college library is free of charge to CGSD students.

Piedmont Baptist College -The colleges George M. Manuel Library (located at 420 South Broad St. in Winston-Salem) houses over fifty thousand (50,000) volumes and one hundred fifty (150) periodicals. The Library Handbook can be accessed at Divinity school students will not, because of licensing restrictions, be able to use the databases to which the library subscribes but will otherwise have the privileges enjoyed by PBC students. Checkout is for two (2) weeks.

Hours of operation are:

Monday: 7:30am – 9:00pm
Tuesday: 7:30am – 9:00pm
Wednesday: 7:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 7:30am – 9:00pm
Friday: 7:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Divinity school students must show their Student Identification Card. There will be a one-time $5 processing charge.

Shepherds Theological Seminary – Located on the campus of Colonial Baptist Church in Cary (6051 Tryon Rd.), Shepherds Theological Seminary is home to the Paul K. Jackson Library which houses over twenty-four thousand (24,000) volumes. Eighty-six percent (86%) of the volumes focus on Bible, Theology, Church History, Practical Theology, and Biblical Languages. The holdings of the library can be searched by OPAC at The library subscribes to over forty (40) scholarly journals and has study areas, including carrel computers with Logos Gold, Logos On-line Seminary Library, Logos Theological Journals Library, and many other digital resources.

Hours of operation are:

Monday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Divinity school students must show their Student Identification Card. There is no charge for using the library. Books may also be obtained from STS through inter-library loan. See the CGSD librarian for additional information.

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