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**Getting Started**

A guide to the various information resources available in the Lapp Learning Commons

Faculty Services

Full-time, regular faculty and faculty emeritus at Chicago Theological Seminary are granted full use privileges of the Learning Commons and its resources. 

Additional services include the following:

  • Reference consultation.
  • Instructional support for students in research strategies.
  • Placing course texts on reserve at the Circulation Desk for students.
  • All faculty are given reciprocal borrowing privileges at:
  • Off-campus access to databases is provided. To log in, proceed through the Learning Commons' pages to the resource you want. When prompted, use your email login information to connect (do not put cts\ before your username).
  • Full-time, regular faculty and faculty emeritus have 2-year checkout periods. At the end of two years, faculty receive emails and will be prompted to renew the books. They can renew either through the online system or by emailing the director.

Adjunct Faculty Services

Adjunct faculty have borrowing and access privileges for the term they are employed by the seminary as follows:

  • Adjunct faculty are allowed 28-day checkouts. Materials are expected to be returned upon the completion of their contract.
  • After their period of employment, they may continue to have borrowing privileges through the use of a Community Borrower Card.
  • Adjunct faculty are not granted ACTS libraries access, University of Chicago libraries access, or participate in ATLA's Reciprocal Borrowing Program.
  • Additional services include:
    • reference consultation
    • course research instruction
    • placing course texts on reserve at the Circulation Desk for students.

Library Instruction Services

Course Research Instruction

The library provides course research instruction at the request of faculty. This type of instruction will be tailored to the need of the course. The library welcomes the opportunity to co-design instructional materials for in-person and online coursework. Topics that can be covered by the Learning Commons include:

  • Bibliographic Instruction and Information Literacy
  • Plagiarism and Citation
  • Copyright and Fair Use