Northern Students

Other Libraries

Brimson Grow Library is a member of three library consortia:

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 Brimson Grow Library if you wish to borrow materials from these libraries.

Click HERE for a listing of ACTS libraries.

The ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program

The ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program provides distance-learning students with borrowing privileges in 70 theological libraries across the United States and Canada. Provide proof of current enrollment to receive check-out privileges at any of the libraries listed on the Program page.

Click here for a map of participating libraries or contact for more information.


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

86 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 I-Share is the quickest way to request materials from another library.