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Welcome to Gordon-Conwell Library Systems

BTI Consortium Libraries

Students and faculty at the South Hamilton and Boston campuses have access to the libraries of the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium (BTI).

The library collections of the schools of the BTI Consortium, approaching a million and a half volumes in theology and related disciplines, constitute one of the richest centers of theological libraries in the world. The cooperative development of these library collections has facilitated scholarly research by opening member library collections to the students and faculty of all BTI Consortium schools. Most of the BTI Consortium libraries provide detailed information about their collections and services on their Web sites.


BTI Consortium Locations

BTI Consortium Library Use Policy

Together, the libraries of the schools of BTI Consortium own over 4 million volumes in theology and related disciplines. The collections are accessible to all BTI Consortium students and faculty. To gain access to BTI Consortium lending, you must opt-in for your information to be shared with each library. This will allow BTI Consortium libraries to verify that you attend a member school. View the full instructions for opting in for all students.

  • Any student may "opt in" for BTI Consortium library access whether they are registered for a BTI Consortium class or not.

  • Students who have a BTI Consortium Portal Account simply need to opt-in via the BTI Consoritum Portal.
  • Students without a BTI Consortium Portal Account need to fill out the New Student Registration Form to opt-in. You will see this option at the bottom of the form.
  • Faculty and Staff members need only present their current school ID when borrowing from another BTI Consortium library.

NOTE: Before visiting a participating BTI Consortium Library, it is always wise to contact that library to see if they will be able to grant you borrowing privileges when you visit. (Some libraries can only offer new accounts during standard business hours.) 

Borrowing Privileges and Procedures

BTI Consortium students and faculty may borrow books from any other BTI Consortium school library opon proof of school affiliation and completion of any registration required by the lending library. Books may be checked out in person or requested through inter-library loan (ILL). BTI Consortium alumni do not have borrowing privileges at BTI Consortium libraries but may be able to request a book through the school they attended.


Unless requested by another bororwer, books may be renewed at the circulation desk of the lending library. Specific library renewal policies may differ.


Books borrowed from other BTI Consortium libraries may be returned through the MLS (Massachusetts Library System) by leaving them at any BTI Consortium library circulation desk.


Fines for overdue materials and replacement costs for lost materials are charged according to the policy of the lending library. Failure to pay fines or return recalled material can result in the loss of borrowing privileges at all BTI Consortium libraries.

Other Libraries in the Boston Area:


Students near the Boston or Hamilton campus can benefit from library partnerships in the Northeast.

The Carolinas Theological Library Consortium (CTLC) was started to allow greater resource sharing amongst the various schools with theology and/or religion programs in the greater Charlotte, North Carolina, area. It has grown over time to include institutions throughout North and South Carolina. Each school in the Consortium has agreed to abide by the following borrowing policies. Students are advised to have their current student identification with them to check out materials from another CTLC library.

Consortium Use Policies

  • Circulating library materials may be borrowed by duly certified faculty, students, and staff of CTLC member schools and organizations from any CTLC member library in accordance with the borrowing regulations of the lending library.
  • Borrowers are responsible for learning circulation and access regulations at the respective institution’s library. Borrowers agree to be governed by these regulations.
  • 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.
  • Member libraries will maintain a current written statement of their policies in their public service area.
  • Users of any CTLC 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 library material was borrowed.

About IWS

The Institute for Worship Studies is a unique graduate school offering Master of Worship Studies and Doctor of Worship Studies degrees that combine the best of on-campus learning and long-distance interactivity to form servant leaders in Christian worship.

Gordon-Conwell students wishing to acess the IWS library need to contact the IWS librarian before coming to the campus as per our agreement with them.

Contact Information for the IWS Library

Jennifer Nicholson | Interim Librarian & Assessment Coordinator The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies

4001 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32207 |

Florida Theological Library Association (FTLA)

The Florida Theological Library Association (FTLA) is a regional organization of Atla. It exists to promote cooperation and exchange of ideas among theological libraries in Florida. Membership is limited to institutional members of Atla in the region. All programs sponsored by the association are open to other librarians. The association meets four times a year. Through these meetings and less formal contacts engendered by such meetings, the organization seeks to foster professional growth, institutional cooperation and the dissemination and sharing of information.

Participating libraries include:

  • Asbury Theological Seminary (Orlando Campus)
  • Barry University
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando Campus)
  • Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies​
  • St. Thomas University
  • St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary
  • Southeast Pastoral Institute