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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 ILL 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.

Library privileges may be revoked if Library policies are broken.


Adopted by the Faculty and effective 1 December 1994.

Revised by the Faculty, 16 May 1997.

Edited by the Library and Archives Committee 13 November 2001.

Revised 11-11-11