Library

The holdings of the Roger Darling Memorial Library at ATS include over 80,000 volumes and over 500 periodical publications. Other items held by ATS include microfiche, microfilm, DVDs, audiotapes.

Fall hours will begin Monday, August 18, 2014.

Regular Semester Library Hours

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Closed 8:00am - 9:30pm 8:00am - 9:30pm 8:00am - 9:30pm 8:00am - 9:30pm 8:00am - 5:00pm 12:00pm - 4:00pm

The library stays open on Fridays to 6:00pm when there is a weekend class and closes for chapel on Wednesdays from 9:30am-10:30am.

Closings & Exceptions

  • Monday, September 1 – Closed
  • Monday, November 24-Tuesday, November 25 – Close at 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 26 – Closed
  • Thursday, November 27-Sunday, November 30 – Closed
  • December 19-January 4 – Closed for Christmas Break

Helpful Links

Electronic Reserves

View Electronic Reserves


Library Account

View your library record and renew items.


Library Catalog

Search the Ashland University/ATS Library Catalog.


Michigan eLibrary (MeL)

MeL is available as an additional resource for our Michigan Students. It provides all Michigan residents with free access to online full-text articles, full-text books, digital images, and other valuable research information at any time via the internet. It also provides an easy-to-use interlibrary loan system to allow Michigan residents to borrow books and other library materials for free from participating Michigan libraries.


OhioLINK Catalog

Search for books, periodicals, electronic resources and other items in OhioLINK member libraries.


OhioLINK Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Center (ETD)

A free online database of masters' theses and doctoral dissertations from graduate students in participating Ohio colleges and universities. Contains abstracts for all included theses and dissertations. Full-text available on an "as provided" basis. A component of the OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons.


Recommended Databases

A listing of recommended databases for Ashland Theological Seminary patrons. If you would like to see a complete listing of available databases go to AU Library Databases.

General Info

Check-Out Procedure

The ATS Library has an automated circulation system. All Seminary faculty, staff and students are issued a photo identification card either at new student orientation or from Ashland University. Materials are charged out for 28 days and may be renewed twice unless there is a hold on the item. Items may be renewed by phone (419-289-5169), in person or on the library catalog (web renewal is possible as long as they are not overdue.) Please see our library fine policy below if you have any questions about fines.

OhioLINK books can be checked out for 3 weeks (21 days) and may be renewed up to 6 times (up to a maximum of 21 weeks) as long as another user does not request the book. Book loans to faculty users have a 6 week (42 days) loan period and may be renewed up to 6 times (up to a maximum of 42 weeks) as long as another user does not request the book. Non-Book items are loaned for 1 week and are not renewable. Some items may not be renewed due to their format or because they have been requested by another user. Please return items promptly, and request a new copy. Please see our library fine policy below if you have any questions about fines.


Food and Drinks

Food is not allowed in the library but drinks in CLOSABLE containers are permitted. No food or drinks are allowed in the computer lab in the library.


Interlibrary Loan

The library will request books and journal articles which are not held in this library. There usually is no cost for books but students will be expected to pay for copies of journal articles if there are costs involved. Request forms are at the circulation desk or online for books and article requests.


Library Fine Policy

Seminary Library Items

Periodicals, reference materials, dissertations, theses and projects must remain in the library so that they are available to all patrons. The fine for overdue items is $.50 per day for seminary items. For seminary items, students have 7 days of grace to return overdue books. After that time, returned books are fined for all the overdue days. The charge for items which are lost or never returned will be a minimum of $75.00 for seminary items plus a $50.00 processing fee. Items that are overdue for 30 days will cost $50.00. Lost items will cost $125.00. Any student owing $25.00 or more in library charges will have his/her ATS library and OhioLINK privileges suspended until the fine is cleared. Students who owe $100 or more will have his/her fine sent to the registrar’s office and it will be placed on their student account. Students will be blocked from registering for class until the entire fine is paid.

Ashland University Library Items

Books are checked out for a period of 21 days. All other items: CDs, DVDs, IRC materials, etc.–are checked out for a period of 7 days. You can renew books a maximum of 4 times. All other items: CDs, DVDs, IRC materials, etc.–can be renewed only once. Fines are $.50 per day.

OhioLINK and SearchOhio

OhioLINK and SearchOhio fines are $.50 per day. Items returned 30 days or longer after the due date will be subject to a maximum overdue fine of $0.50 per day for 30 days ($15 cap). There is a $75 replacement fee, plus a $50 processing fee after an item has been overdue for 30 days. If materials are returned, the $75 fee will be waived, but the $35 will still be charged. Items that are overdue for 30 days will cost $50.00. Lost items will cost $125.00. Any questions on this can be directed to any one of the library staff.


Non-Seminary Patron

Non-seminary patrons may purchase a courtesy card, good for one year, for $15.00 which entitles checkout of up to 5 books.


Periodical Indexes

There are a number of periodical indexes which index specifically religious journals. The largest of these is Religion Index One. Others include Christian Periodical Index, Guide to Social Science and Religion in Periodical Literature, Religious and Theological Abstracts, Old Testament Abstracts and New Testament Abstracts.


Reserve Items

Professors will often place books and journal articles on the reserve. The usual types of reserves are strict (2-hour use and overnight), 3-day and 7-day, and electronic. However, professors may develop any other reserve procedures that they would like. Professors may place items on electronic reserve by filling out a form at the circulation desk or by completing the online request form. All requested must be submitted with a scan-ready document. If there are any questions about electronic reserves please contact Sarah Thomas.

Need More Info?

If you have any questions about the Library, just contact Sylvia Locher or Sarah Thomas.


Who to Contact

Sylvia Locher, MLS, MA slocher@ashland.edu 419-289-5168
Sarah Thomas, MLIS sthomas4@ashland.edu 419-289-5169