O’Brien Library

Contact: obrienlibrary@united.edu


Electronic Resources

Patrons can access electronic bibliographic tools and resources in the O’Brien Library including:

The Online Library Catalog
The ATLA Religion Database
Old Testament Abstracts
New Testament Abstracts
The Bible
Other teaching/learning media and educational resources

Assistance with searching non-local library resources, educational resources, OCLC’s First Search, and WorldCat is available from the reference staff.

O’Brien Library Services

The professional library staff provides reference service and online searching assistance.

Resources not held by the library can usually be obtained through the O’Brien Library’s interlibrary loan service. Requests may be made in the library. This service is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff of United Theological Seminary.

A photocopier and a microform reader printer are available at a minimal charge.

Two study rooms are available to individuals and groups for quiet study.

Access to Services

Students enrolled in United’s West Virginia In-Context program may access library services on the West Virginia Wesleyan campus and on United’s campus.

Students enrolled in United’s D.Min. program may request books from United’s library through their local public library’s interlibrary loan service. United’s library does not mail any books directly to students.

All United students may contact library staff in person or by phone, fax, or e-mail to request reference services, bibliographic assistance, or to request library materials be held for pickup.

Resource Sharing

United’s O’Brien Library participates in regional and international resource sharing arrangements that make its collections known and available through the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).

Its memberships and participation in the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), the Ohio Theological Library Association (OTLA), and the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) reflect its long-standing commitment to library resource sharing.

United students have access to borrowing privileges at the Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library system and the sixteen colleges and university libraries of SOCHE when presenting a valid student ID card.