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.

Library Hours

Regular Semester Library Hours

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Closed 8:00am - 8:00pm 8:00am - 8:00pm 8:00am - 8:00pm 8:00am - 8:00pm 8:00am - 5:00pm Closed

The library closes for chapel on Wednesdays from 9:30am-10:30am.

Closings & Exceptions

  • Monday, November 23 - Tuesday, November 24, 2015 – 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 25, 2015 – Closed
  • Thursday, November 26 – Sunday, November 29, 2015 – Closed
  • Monday, December 14 – Friday, December 18, 2015 – 8:00am-4:00pm
  • December 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016 – Closed for Christmas Break
  • Monday, January 4 – Friday, January 8, 2016 – 8:00am-4:00pm

  • PLEASE NOTE: Regular Semester Hours Will Resume Monday, January 11, 2016

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 checked 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.

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.

ATS Library Policy for Items Sent to Patrons

In the event that the ATS Library sends items to student by way of a mailing service, i.e. USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc. there are certain conditions of which our patrons will need to be aware.

Within OHIO vs. beyond OHIO:
In conjunction with the Ashland University Library, the ATS Library is a member of the OhioLINK consortium and pays a great deal of money for transit services. For this reason, the ATS Library will normally not send ATS Library items to patrons with the State of Ohio. Ohio students who desire to acquire needed items for research will need to utilize other services such as the ‘Pick up Anywhere’ feature of OhioLINK; the public library system of Ohio known as ‘SearchOhio’; the local collections of libraries near their homes; or, the Interlibrary Loan services available in their community libraries.

If our students would like to browse the holdings of another OhioLINK library and should find something they would like to check out, they are able to use their Ashland Univeristy ID cards to obtain the item. HOWEVER, the patron barcode number on the back of their ID will need to be present in their ATS Library record in order for the process to work correctly. Students will need to contact the ATS Library and provide their barcode number which will be placed in the correct field and enable future borrowing through OhioLINK.

Services beyond OHIO:
The ATS Library will send 15 items in a single mailing to a student once per semester or summer (or, per course for the D.Min program) if there is available borrowing space on his/her library record. The ATS Library will be responsible for the items up to the time the items have reached the patron and will purchase the tracking component so that the progress of the package can be determined.Once the items are received by the patron, he/she is responsible for all costs associated with returning the items in good, usable condition to the ATS Library by the assigned due date. If returned items, whether mailed or returned in person, are not in good, usable condition, the student is not only responsible for any overdue fines but also for the replacement cost of all items, binding costs and any processing charges.

The only items that will be sent to our students are those owned by the ATS Library. No items requested by students through Interlibrary Loan or OhioLINK and received by the ATS Library will be mailed to a patron.

Services beyond the United States:
Students who live outside of the U.S. will need to contact the ATS Librarians directly via email or telephone in order to discuss the specifics for borrowing ATS Library resources.

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 per item 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. Once a fine has been forwarded to the registrar's office, the ATS Library is no longer obligated to accept overdue items and make any fine adjustments. The books become the property of the borrower.

D.Min Borrowing Policy

D.Min students who borrow ATS Library items may choose their own due date for the items. The date can be any date within one year from the original check out transaction. D.Min students are personally responsible for transporting and returning all ATS Library items from and to the Ashland Center. This benefit is afforded to D.Min students due to the irregularity of their course scheduling. Because of this benefit, D.Min students are personally responsible for identifying themselves as D.Min students at time of check out (and renewal) and are also personally responsible for keeping track of all due dates. Since D.Min students are allowed to choose their own due dates, there are no fine reductions allowed for late items.

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 $50 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 ATS Library, contact Sylvia Locher or Sarah Thomas.

Who to Contact

Sylvia Locher, MLS, MA 419-289-5168
Sarah Thomas, MLIS 419-289-5169