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Library Partnerships

The Gordon-Conwell Library System partners with many other libraries to offer services to our students both on and off campus.

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.