Coronavirus Library closure : March 16 – June 10

We regret to announce that the Union Presbyterian Seminary Library must close to all users beginning Monday, March 16.

The Library will remain closed at least through June 10, at which time the situation will be reassessed.  Electronic resources remain available to all authorized users.

Library staff will be working remotely, and we encourage students and faculty to contact us with their questions or requests during this time.  Please bear in mind that if you phone we cannot answer, and it may take a while before we can check all phone messages.  Staffers whose help you might need are :

Ryan Douthat,, 804-278-4217
Remote electronic access to digital collections, catalog and circulation support

Robin McCall,, 804-278-4333
Remote reference and research assistance (for help with anything in the Special Collections, please inquire via email only,  not by phone)

Lisa Janes,, 804-278-4335
Circulation questions and issues with your account

Dora Rowe,, 804-278-4324.  Dora can arrange contact as well by cell phone, Skype or Facebook as needed
Remote library instruction via Zoom, help using digital tools (including RB Digital audio books), or copyright issues with online teaching

Irina Topping,, 804-278-4314
Book-buying and acquisition requests, either print or digital

Mengistu Lemma,, 804-278-4337
Interlibrary loan requests or questions

Christopher Richardson,, 804-278-4311
Library policy and oversight

For details concerning Charlotte campus library access and services :

David Mayo,, 980-636-1665
Circulation issues, reference and research assistance for Charlotte users

We will extend the due date for all materials as needed.  You may return borrowed items to the Morton Library by placing them carefully in the book drop beside our main entrance.

Access to Course Reserves still needed for the Spring Term is possible through the Blackboard site for your course, and through the Library catalog (as e-books or posted materials).  If you are unsure about this, please consult your course instructor, since every class arrangement is different.

Fortunately, we have much better e-book and digital periodical collections than we did only two years ago, thanks to Ryan Douthat’s diligent efforts to improve our holdings.  Authorized users are encouraged to make the most of these digital resources :

The Library homepage and Catalog (access to thousands of cataloged e-books, including many of the most-used biblical commentaries)
Online Databases — mostly full text
E-Journals Full Text Finder — entirely full text
Alumni and Member Research Portals
Finding and Using E-books guide
Digital Reference Sources at UPSem guide
Using the ATLA Religion Database and ATLAS Plus guide
Handbook of Library Access for Distance Education Students guide
Digital Documents and Archival Image Collections
“Request a Title” forms for Richmond and Charlotte

We do apologize for the disruption and inconvenience caused by this disease outbreak.  We will continue to do our best to ensure that you are able to complete your coursework as needed.  Thank you!