Digital Theological Library (DTL)

The Digital Theological Library (DTL) is available to all current United students, staff, and faculty. Patrons can access the DTL catalog homepage through the following website: libguides.thedtl.org

About the Digital Theological Library

In February 2020, United Theological Seminary made the decision to join the Digital Theological Library (DTL), which was formed as a non-profit 501(c)3 in January 2016 and currently consists of forty member libraries around the country and around the world. The DTL’s mission is “increased digital access at decreased costs” and provides its member libraries with access to:

  • Over 1.4 million eBooks
  • Over 170 databases (including all ProQuest, JSTOR, and Project Muse databases in religious studies)
  • Over 35,000 online journal title
  • Over 60 million full-text, peer-reviewed articles
  • Over 100,000 musical scores
  • Over 70,000 films and videos

Several non-English language databases, including ones in Chinese, Korean, German, French, and Spanish, are available through DTL. DTL also provides member libraries with both Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) services, making online access to nearly any resource available (whether digitally or in print) possible for DTL patrons.

Patrons experiencing problems accessing DTL resources should contact the Director of the Library, Ken Cochrane (email: [email protected]; phone: 937.529.2290) for assistance. Please do not contact DTL staff directly.

About the DTL Seminary Bookshelf (DTSLB)

The Seminary Bookshelf is a comprehensive research library in religious studies.  It is designed to provide religious professionals with a research library to support their personal growth and professional development.  A unique resource, it provides members with access to a world class research library in religious studies of over 1,300,000 ebooks (over 850,000 ebooks from the last 25 years, over 400,000 ebooks from the last 10 years and over 125,000 ebooks from the last 5 years).

The Seminary Bookshelf was created by a group of about 70 seminaries worldwide to mirror the volumes which they own in their local libraries. The library is curated with ministers, chaplains, preachers, priests, rabbis, imams and other working religious professionals in mind. The collections have tremendous breadth and depth in Biblical studies, theology, leadership, ministry, practical theology, history, counseling, pastoral care and philosophy.  The books are chosen by seminary professors and curated by professional theological librarians.

The Seminary Bookshelf is owned by the Digital Theological Library.

You can search the library to discover its holdings without fee or obligation (see this link). You will need to become a member of the library in order to download the content.

Individual memberships are $10/monthly. Click here to learn more about how to become a member.

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Please Note:

  • Only patrons residing in North America will be eligible for DTLSB membership; this is because of the way ProQuest’s international licensing restrictions work.
  • Current United staff, faculty, and/or students re-enrolling in another United degree program after graduation need not apply for DTLSB access, as these patrons retain access to the regular DTL catalog.

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