BTI Libraries

Students and faculty at the South Hamilton and Boston campuses have access to the libraries of the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium (BTI).

The library collections of the schools of the BTI, approaching a million and a half volumes in theology and related disciplines, constitute one of the richest centers of theological libraries in the world. The cooperative development of these library collections has facilitated scholarly research by opening member library collections to the students and faculty of all BTI schools. Most of the BTI libraries provide detailed information about their collections and services on their Web sites.



BTI Locations

BTI Library Use Policy

Together, the libraries of the schools of BTI own over 4 million volumes in theology and related disciplines. The collections are accessible to all BTI students and faculty. To gain access to BTI lending, you must opt-in for your information to be shared with each library. This will allow BTI libraries to verify that you attend a member school. View the full instructions for opting in for all students.

  • Any student may "opt in" for BTI library access whether they are registered for a BTI class or not.
  • Students who have a BTI Portal Account simply need to opt-in via the BTI Portal.
  • Students without a BTI Portal Account need to fill out the New Student Registration Form to opt-in. You will see this option at the bottom of the form.
  • Faculty and Staff members need only present their current school ID when borrowing from another BTI library.

NOTE: Before visiting a participating BTI Library, it is always wise to contact that library to see if they will be able to grant you borrowing privileges when you visit. (Some libraries can only offer new accounts during standard business hours.)

Borrowing Privileges and Procedures

BTI students and faculty may borrow books from any other BTI school library opon proof of school affiliation and completion of any registration required by the lending library. Books may be checked out in person or requested through inter-library loan (ILL). BTI alumni do not have borrowing privileges at BTI libraries but may be able to request a book through the school they attended.


Unless requested by another bororwer, books may be renewed at the circulation desk of the lending library. Specific library renewal policies may differ.


Books borrowed from other BTI libraries may be returned through the MLS (Massachusetts Library System) by leaving them at any BTI library circulation desk.


Fines for overdue materials and replacement costs for lost materials are charged according to the policy of the lending library. Failure to pay fines or return recalled material can result in the loss of borrowing privileges at all BTI libraries.