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Library Hours

Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 2 p.m.–10 p.m.

Hours may vary based on the university’s academic schedule.

Please email with your questions.

Library Databases

The Full Text Finder tool searches all of the library’s publications, providing direct links to full text articles as available.
If you are looking for a specific journal title or journals dealing with a particular discipline, use the Full Text Finder to search all of the library’s online and physical journal titles by journal title or subject keyword.

ATLA Digital Library is a collection of digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, lithographs, sermons, shape-note tune books, and various forms of Christian art, architecture, and iconography. Its coverage focus includes ancient Near East; missions; world religion; and more. This collection is currently in beta release.

The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) offers the full contents of the 17th and 16th editions, the informative and entertaining Chicago Style Q&A and the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide. Comprehensive updates of the Manual reflect the latest in style and usage, technology and professional practice.

eBooks eBooks from EBSCO can be directly accessed via this link or through searching the library’s catalog. The EBSCO eBook mobile app is available here.

EBSCO is a world-class collection of research databases that gives close attention to liberal arts (Academic Search Premier, MAS Ultra, Military & Government Collection) as well as excellent religious/theological resources (ATLAS, CPI, NTA, OTA)  PsycInfo, PsycArticles and Teacher Reference Center. Click here for an EBSCO tutorial.

ERIC is the premier database of education literature providing a public Web site search interface for nearly 1.2 million citations from 1966 to the present.

Gale Academic OneFile is a leading research database with over 13,000 titles (5,000+ in full text) spanning a wide range of scholarly disciplines. Click here for help using Gale Academic OneFile.

IPA Source is the world’s largest database of song text transcriptions.

JSTOR provides access to the archives of over 1,000 leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as selected monographs and other valuable materials.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world. Click here for help using the OED.

ProQuest includes access to ProQuest Dissertation & Theses, which is the best and broadest dissertation database currently available. ProQuest Religion provides full-text access to a number of unique theological research sources.

Theological Journal Library includes full-text content from 38 theological journals, most of which are not available through any other database.

TREN is a library of over 10,000 theological thesis/dissertation titles in a wide breadth of scholarly evangelical research. TREN also makes available conference papers presented at annual meetings of several academic societies, including ETS.

Reciprocal Borrowing Programs

Students, faculty, and staff in good standing at Clarks Summit University may borrow materials at libraries throughout North America thanks to Reciprocal Borrowing programs offered by the library’s memberships in several consortia.

Use the links below to determine if there is a participating library in your area. Always contact libraries in advance of your visit to inquire about current reciprocal borrowing policies.

American Theological Library Association 
To access any of the 128 Atla libraries, please take proof of current enrollment along with a photo ID to a participating library.

Association of Christian Librarians
To access any of the 73 ACL libraries, please email the CSU library to request an authorization form. Then take that form along with your photo ID to a participating library.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association
Please email the CSU library to request a SEPTLA borrowing form to take to the library you would like to visit.

Library Policies

For information about interlibrary loans and distance education, please email the library.

Renew a Book

Materials borrowed from the library generally can be renewed for one additional checkout period. Patrons may not renew books or other materials which are on hold, have been recalled for reserve, or have already been renewed once. Fines will be charged on overdue items which are renewed.

The general borrowing periods are as follows:

  • Non-fiction & fiction books – 30 days
  • Juvenile literature – 14 days
  • A/V material (CDs, DVDs) – 30 days
  • Reserve items – 1 day
  • Curriculum – 4 days
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About the Library

Murphy Memorial Library serves the students, faculty and staff of Clarks Summit University and Baptist Bible Seminary. The library is named after Clarks Summit University’s first president, Richard J. Murphy.

The library currently holds over 85,000 volumes and maintains 90 print subscriptions. Online resources total about 16,000 journal titles in various databases, with approximately 8,000 titles available in full-text. Additional holdings include CDs, DVDs, and microfiche. Within the library, areas are provided for quiet study, group work and discussion.  Computers are available for student use.

The library’s Reference Room contains collections specific to the respective graduate and seminary programs as well as course reserves for current classes in those fields of study.

Contact the Library

Circulation Desk
Located in Jackson Hall

Campus Writing Center

Online—Appointments held via Zoom.
The Campus Writing Center serves residential undergraduate students, and it is currently operating in an online format for the fall 2020 semester (September 8–December 11).

Access to the Campus Writing Center office hours

  • Log into your student Schoology account.
  • Access Schoology’s page The Hub > Materials > Academics > Campus Writing Center > Open Office Hours

Campus Writing Center office hours

Tuesday—6:30–8:30 p.m.
Wednesday—3–5 p.m.
Thursday—6:30–8:30 p.m.
Sunday—6–7:30 p.m.

Appointments are also available.

Please contact with any questions.


Online Writing Center

The Online Writing Center serves traditional online, graduate and seminary students. Traditional online students can connect with the Online Writing Center by emailing Instructions and further information about help and submissions can be found by clicking the link below.


The Online Writing Center remains open during breaks and summer sessions.