Research Portals for Members and Alumni

As part of the Library Without Walls  initiative, we are pleased to offer two new Research Portals for remote access to electronic resources.  If you are a Library member who is not a current student, faculty or staff person or an affiliated alum, please click HERE.


This portal incorporates the ATLAS FOR ALUMS service that many alumni already use, but adds an expansion called ATLAS Plus (for a total of over 500 full-text e-journals), the JSTOR Religion and Theology e-journals archive, and millions of e-books and documents being digitized by libraries around the world.  These materials have been compiled into an authorized database just for our alumni, so the results will be delivered to you every time you make a search.

In addition, we can now provide alumni with the following resources through separate links (see below): the Anchor Yale Bible commentary series and dictionary, Hermeneia  biblical commentary series, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Collected Works online and a collection of downloadable audiobooks through Overdrive.

Alumni of Union, PSCE and BTSR are eligible to login remotely with their existing account credentials (barcode and PIN). Your barcode is the number printed on your Library card, and your PIN is the first three letters of your last name.

To log into the Alumni Research Portal, click the red button below.

Alumni Research Portal
Click Here to Login

If you haven’t yet set up your free, lifetime Alumni account, you can apply for one using these online forms :

Patron Registration Page — Richmond Campus

Patron Registration Page — Charlotte Campus


Additional Information and Direct Links to Alumni Resources :

Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries — Includes over 86 volumes and is one of the most trusted and long-running scholarly commentaries series for Biblical Studies scholars.

Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary — A well respected six-volume contemporary dictionary of the Bible offering the most up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of biblical subjects and topics.

ATLAS Plus for Alums — Contains the searchable full-text e-journals content of the ATLA Religion Database, with over 500 of the most important journals in all fields of religious studies

JSTOR Religion and Theology Collection — Covers the history and philosophy of religious thought spanning traditions, periods, and critical approaches; 87 primary titles with over 380,000 articles

Hermeneia Commentary Series Online — Click here for a full description of the collection and direct links to each volume

International Critical Commentary Series — One of the most relevant aids to exegesis for over 100 years – linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theological – with an outstanding level of comprehension and quality of scholarship. Includes 59 volumes.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Collected Works Online — Click here for direct links to each volume

The Context of Scripture  — Presents the multi-faceted world of ancient writing that forms the colorful background to the literature of the Hebrew Bible

The Textual History of the Bible Online — Provides a cross-searchable platform for information regarding the textual history, textual character, translation techniques, manuscripts, and the importance of each textual witness for each book of the Hebrew Bible, including its deutero-canonical scriptures

Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament — In this online edition the complete vocabulary of the Hebrew Bible, including texts in Aramaic, is available

Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics Online –Brings together the latest research from across a range of disciplines which contribute to our knowledge of Ancient Greek

Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics Online — Offers a systematic and comprehensive treatment of all aspects of the history and study of the Hebrew language from its earliest attested form to the present day

History of Global Christianity — Deals with the history of Christianity and its global development over the past five centuries

Encyclopedia of Christianity Online — Describes modern-day Christian beliefs and communities in the context of 2000 years of apostolic tradition and Christian history

Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online — Contains academic articles on the named gods, angels, and demons in the books of the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint and Apocrypha, as well as the New Testament and patristic literature

Encyclopedia Judaica, Second Edition — The landmark Encyclopaedia Judaica, regarded as the standard reference work on Judaism since first appearing in the early 1970s, has been extensively revised and expanded for this new edition, focusing on Jewish life, culture, history and religion.

Encyclopedia of Religion, Second EditionA standard reference in the field. Presents a cross-cultural approach that emphasizes religion’s role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture.  Especially valuable for interfaith and anthropological information.

Overdrive — Sign up on the Overdrive site using your library card number to create your own personal set of popular audiobooks that can be downloaded and played either on a computer or through a mobile app.

Oxford Biblical Studies Online (Platform Retired June 21, 2022 – see new Oxford Online Biblical Reference Resources page) — An excellent resource for the study of the Bible and biblical history. Biblical texts, authoritative reference works, and tools that provide ease of research into the background, context, and issues related to the Bible. For students, teachers, clergy, and any reader seeking an up-to-date ecumenical resource.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online (Platform Retired June 21, 2022 – see new Oxford Online Islamic Reference Resources page) — Outstanding reference content in studies, including Hanna E. Kassis’ Concordance of the Quran, the six-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art & Architecture, John L. Esposito’s What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam, and much more.  Highly recommended.

Biblical Studies UK — large collection of Open Access journals and books, all with appropriate permissions

Dimensions — a large Open Access academic journal content database, including social science, philosophy, religion and ethics, law, creative arts, language, education, history and archaeology

Circulation and Extension privileges for physical items

If you encounter problems while using the Alumni Research Portal, or if you have questions about this service, please contact Electronic Services Librarian Ryan Douthat at or 804-278-4217.