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Consortia Agreements


General policies:

  1. No tobacco products may be used in the building.

  2. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult while in the building, including in the Griffith Children's Library.

  3. No candles or any other heat or smoke creating devices are permitted in the building.

  4. If the limited number of resources creates a conflict in use, primacy goes to CTS students, faculty and staff.

Consortia Agreements

The Library participates in three consortia designed to enhance the resources that can be provided to the Columbia community. Through the Library's participation, Columbia faculty, students, and staff have access to the library collections of members of ARCHE (including the Atlanta Macon Private Academic Libraries, or AMPALS), members of the Atlanta Theological Association (ATA), and members of the Georgia Private Academic Libraries (GPALS). For some subjects judged to be peripheral to the CTS curriculum, the Library depends almost exclusively on access to these other collections.

Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE)

Member Institutions of ARCHE

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Atlanta College of Art
  • Brenau University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Clayton College and State University
  • Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia State University
  • Institute of Paper Science and Technology
  • Interdenominational Theological Center
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Mercer University (Atlanta campus)
  • Morehouse College
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Morris Brown College
  • Oglethorpe University
  • Southern Polytechnic State University
  • Spelman College
  • State University of West Georgia
  • University of Georgia


The John Bulow Campbell Library is open to the public and is an integral part of the educational program of Columbia Theological Seminary, a private, educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  There are two categories of library users who may use the John Bulow Campbell Library.


Columbia Theological Seminary students, faculty, staff, and their immediate families.  Cross-registered students (including students registered in the ATA DMin course) are considered Category A patrons for the semester that they are enrolled at CTS. These library users are offered full use of the library materials and services, but are asked to use discretion in the number of items checked out in any given subject.

Circulation Limit:

            Faculty, staff, and advanced degree students = ordinarily 50 items.

            Basic degree students = ordinarily 20 items.

            Family members = 6 items.



  • CTS alumnus/a
  • Residents of the city of Decatur (30030 zip code only).
  • Atlanta Theological Association (ATA) and Atlanta Regional Consortium Higher Education (ARCHE) students, faculty, and staff with a valid interlibrary use card and institutional identification.
  • Ministerial members of the PCUSA.
  • Members of PCUSA congregations in the Tri-Presbyteries (Greater Atlanta, Cherokee and Northeast Georgia Presbyteries).
  • Ministers and chaplains serving congregations or institutions in the greater Atlanta area* except those enrolled in a non-ATA or non-ARCHE academic degree program.


*Greater Atlanta is defined as the 10 counties in the Atlanta Regional Commission: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale.


            -no annual user fee

            -six item check-out limit

            -no Interlibrary loan privileges


Users must present their Library Card when checking out library items.

All Non-Category A applicants must complete an Application for Library Privileges which must be approved by the Director of the Library.