About the Library
Murphy Memorial Library serves the students, faculty and staff of Clarks Summit University and Baptist Bible Seminary. It is also open to the surrounding community. 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 and community 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.
Reciprocal Borrowing Programs
Students, faculty, and staff in good standing at Clarks Summit University have borrowing privileges at libraries throughout the United States and Canada through the library’s participation in several reciprocal borrowing programs. These Reciprocal Borrowing Programs provide means for students, staff and faculty local to these institutions to locate additional resources for their studies.
Use the links below to determine if there is a participating library is in your area.
American Theological Library Association
To access any of the current 88 ATLA libraries, please being proof of current enrollment along with a photo ID to a participating library.
Association of Christian Librarians
To access any of the current 43 ACL libraries, please request a signed authorization form from the library through email, taking the completed form with your photo ID to a participating library.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association
Murphy Memorial Library is a participating member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association (SEPTLA). Clarks Summit University’s students, staff and faculty can borrow from these libraries. Please email the library to obtain a SEPTLA borrowing form.
For information about interlibrary loans and distance education, please email the library.