Murphy Memorial Library

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Library Hours

Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.  |  6–9 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 6–9 p.m.

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

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Library Databases


Full Text Finder / Publication 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.

Business Source Premier provides full text for more than 2,300 journals, including more than 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications from as far back as 1886 and covering all disciplines of business, such as marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. Additional full text, non-journal content includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses. This database is updated daily on EBSCOhost.

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. To download and read eBooks on your mobile device, start here.

EBSCO is a world-class collection of research databases that gives close attention to liberal arts (including Academic Search Premier), religious/theological resources (Atla Religion Database with Serials, Christian Periodical Index, New Testament Abstracts, Old Testament Abstracts), business (Business Source Premier, Regional Business News), counseling (PsycInfo, PsycArticles), and education (ERIC, Teacher Reference Center). Click here for an EBSCO tutorial.

ERIC is the premier database of education literature, providing a public website 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.

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.

Points of View Reference Center contains resources that present multiple sides of an issue that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills. This resource covers over five hundred topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), and counterpoint (opposing argument) as well as a Guide to Critical Analysis which helps the reader evaluate the controversy and enhances students’ ability to read critically, develop their own perspective on the issues, and write or debate an effective argument on the topic. Full List of Topics

ProQuest includes access to ProQuest Dissertations & 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 (Galaxie) 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 can generally 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

About the Library

Murphy Memorial Library serves the students, faculty, and staff of Clarks Summit University and Baptist Bible Seminary and offers an invaluable and unique contribution to the campus and its educational life.

Named after Clarks Summit University’s first president, Richard J. Murphy, the library is home to print, digital, and archival resources. Library space is provided for quiet study and group work, and the Reference Room contains collections specific to the respective graduate and seminary programs.

Staff members are committed to supporting the mission of the university to prepare Christ-centered, career-ready graduates by providing an environment centered on learning and fellowship and by equipping students, faculty, and staff with the tools necessary to use library resources successfully.

Contact the Library

Visit the library’s circulation desk (Jackson Hall, 1st Floor)

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