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Library Orientation: Home

Whether you're a new student, or a not-so-new student unsure about library resources and services, the library orientation guide is here to help you get started.

Food and Drink

Food and covered drinks are allowed in the library. A limited amount of snacks and drinks are available for purchase via credit or debit card in the Peters Cafe on the first floor. This supply will not be replenished when it is depleted until the seminary resumes dining services.



Due to coronavirus precautions, the library will be closed until March 1. Books will be available to PTS students, faculty, and staff through a twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) request-ahead pickup service in the library lobby. To gain entry to the lobby for book pickup or to use the computer lab or printer, call PTS security at (412) 889-2208. There will be one patron permitted in the computer lab at a time, so please be considerate of other students if you are using the lab for more than printing. Requests for books should be submitted via email at Requests should be submitted by 9 a.m. on Monday and Thursday. All circulating books are being quarantined between checkouts, and all books should be returned through the outdoor book drop (library front porch). 

Off Campus Access

If you are unsure of how to access material in our digital collections when not on campus, see the Remote Access LibGuide for more information. Off-campus accessibility is only provided to PTS students, faculty, and staff, with the exception of ATLAS for Alums. When entering your last name to log in for electronic access, omit hyphens, apostrophes, and spaces. If you encounter problems with remote access, call the circulation desk during library hours at 412-924-1354, or email Carrie Carter, Mark Russell, or

Virtual Library Tour

Chat Reference Hours

Visit the Library FAQs page for chat reference. The chat reference window is the 'Ask Us' box on the right hand side of the page (or the bottom of the page in  mobile view). Librarians will be manning that window on the following schedule for the fall semester:

Monday - Thursday, Saturday 

2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Computers and Copying/Printing

  • The computer lab will be available to PTS students, faculty, and staff for quick instances of use. Some computers will have an Out of Order sign to indicate that they should not be used to achieve appropriate social distancing in the lab space if multiple persons are allowed in the lab space. Contact security at (412) 889-2208 to gain entry to the library building to use the lab.
  • WiFi is available throughout the building and does not require a password. The network is PTS_Wireless.
  • The Xerox copier/printers in the computer lab and on the first floor near the elevator will be available for use. Copies and prints are free, and there is also an option to scan to email.

Research and Instruction Librarian

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Mark Russell
Barbour Library
616 N. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 924-1393