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Book Search

Important: Changes to I-Share and the online catalog.

I-Share Online Catalog: Start your search for library materials by going directly to the I-Share Online Catalog.

  • Find Northern Seminary Library materials along with materials at 90 other Illinois academic libraries.
  • Place online requests for I-Share items to be delivered to the Lisle campus or to any other I-Share library.
  • If you don’t live in Illinois, the Library can mail books and other library resources to you.
    Send an email to, and we will send you the library resources that you need.
  • You can also search just the Northern Seminary Online Catalog.
  • Or find books in the Lisle library that are placed on course reserves.

WordCat: 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.

Do you need assistance locating library resources?

Call the front desk at (630) 620-2156 or email the library at