Online Resources

The Virtual Reference Library

Lets you search 13 reference sets online. You will need a password to connect from off campus.


Provides access to 8,000 general reference items plus a growing collection of online commentaries and other theological texts.

Google Book Search

Lets you keyword search millions of books. Read your book online or use I-Share or WorldCat to find a copy you can borrow.

HathiTrust Digital Library

Lets you search millions of books partially or fully provided by a consortium of worldwide academic institutions.

Internet Archive

Provides access to over 23 million full text books plus a wide range of audio, video, and other media resources freely available via the Internet.

Atla’s Websites On Religion

Provides annotated links to resources for the study and teaching of religion and theology.

The Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL)

Provides full text access to the Church Fathers and many other historical Christian texts.

The Northern Seminary Copyright Guide

Provides information on the seminary’s copyright and intellectual property policies.

More Online Resources

Includes links to Turabian guides.

Book Search

Search Everything

Start your research and find Northern Seminary books, e-books, and online articles.
(Click here for More Information.)

Books are mailed to Northern Seminary students, staff, and faculty. Curbside pick-up is also available for library patrons who live in the Lisle area.

I-Share Online Catalog

If you cannot locate a book in Search Everything, then try the I-Share Online Catalog.

How to login to your online library account.


If you cannot find what you are looking for in I-Share, expand your search to libraries all around the world by searching WorldCat.

  • You will need your Northern Seminary email address and password to login to WorldCat.
  • You can click on the ILL icon  to place an online request for library materials that you find in WorldCat.
  • Items with the green ACTS icon are available from one of the ACTS libraries, most of which are also part of I-Share.

If you are searching for D.Min. theses, there are two special databases that you will want to use:

  • Instructions for searching for D.Min. theses are available by clicking here.
  • Locate D.Min., D.Miss., and annual conference papers by searching in ATLA’s Research in Ministry (RIM) database.
  • If you find a thesis or conference paper in RIM that you want to read, see if you can download an online copy from TREN, the Theological Research Exchange Network. You will need your Northern Seminary email address and password to download TREN e-docs.

Follow the links in the menu at the top of the page to find online resources like library databases, other libraries, or other kinds of freely available Internet resources.

Other Libraries

Northern Seminary Library participates in three library consortia:


The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) includes over 135 libraries in the state of Illinois.

92 of these member libraries have joined together to create the I-Share network committed to sharing both a network system and library resources. Current students, faculty, and staff of Northern Seminary may borrow materials directly from any other I-Share library.

Placing an online request in the I-Share online catalog is the quickest way to request materials from another library.

The Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS)

Via the ACTS consortium, Northern Seminary students have access to 11 other Chicago area libraries serving 13 other schools. Request an ACTS card from the Northern Seminary Library if you wish to borrow materials from the ACTS libraries.

Visit the ACTS web site for a listing of all ACTS schools.

The ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program

The Atla Reciprocal Borrowing Program provides distance-learning students with borrowing privileges in 120 theological libraries across the United States and Canada. You will need to provide proof of current enrollment to receive check-out privileges at any of the participating Atla libraries.

Visit Atla’s web site for complete information about the Atla Reciprocal Borrowing Program.

Click here for a map of participating libraries or contact Northern Seminary Library at for more information.


Do you need assistance locating library resources? Call the front desk at (630) 620-2115 or email the library at