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Getting Started: Alumni

A guide for VTS alumni library resources and services.

Finding & Using eResources

NOTE: The library is changing the way eResources access is provided to alums. Library staff are working on updating the catalog and interface this summer. Stay tuned for changes.

The Bishop Payne Library offers limited e-resource access to alumni. Alumni access to resources within the library's collection is controlled by licensing with publishers and vendors. The library is excited to offer alumni access to the collections below.

Journal Articles

ATLA Religion Database > is the primary database for journal articles in the field of religion, and it includes access to the same range of scholarship that alumni were familiar with as students. Alumni need to authenticate using a special username and password. Please email for these credentials. They are different from your last name and library barcode.


VTS Library Catalog > main search box. You may search the catalog and look out for links that include "alumns" in the "read or download" link. See the picture below, noting the inclusion of "alumns" at the end of the link. These books are available for alumni to view or download. Books without "alumns" in the link have not been licensed for alumni access.

More Details on Alumni-Accessible eBooks:

Proquest eBook Central > is a general collection of eBooks curated by the Bishop Payne Library. Search the library catalog for "Proquest eBook Central" alongside your additional keywords to locate resources.

Project Muse > is another curated collection provided by a separate vendor. Search the library catalog for "Project Muse" alongside your additional keywords to locate resources.

Open Access Resources

The library maintains a list of helpful open access resources, from VTS Theses to websites to aid in biblical interpretation. Open Access E-Resources >