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Getting Started: Students

A guide to using the Bishop Payne Library for students.

Using the Library

The Bishop Payne Library provides an inviting context for theological exploration. Spaces have been designed to accommodate a variety of learning styles, facilitate group work, and host engaging programming.


Study Spaces

The library provides study space on each floor of the building, some designated as quiet study, others for group work.

  • Library Commons: This space in the front of the library is designed as a connecting point for students to discuss their work with others. There are public computers and copiers in this area. There is a mix of traditional study desks and comfortable reading chairs.
  • Reference Room: On the main floor, the reference room is a quiet, glass-enclosed space with study desks alongside bright windows.
  • Lower Level: This level is designated for quiet study. There are study tables in the back by the bound periodicals that allow users to focus completely on the task at hand. In the front of this level, there is a treadmill desk for users who like to move when they study.
  • Top Level: Bright and sunny, there are a variety of study tables alongside the perimeter next to the large windows.

Group Study Rooms

There are 5 group study rooms in the library, for use by students doing small group study or for course-related small groups. These operate on a first-come-first-served policy for groups of 2 or more. They are not intended for individual study. Library staff occasionally reserve these spaces for departmental or faculty meeting needs.


Individual Carrels

Carrels are available on the main and upper floors of the library, reserved for use by students writing theses, those with a documented learning accommodation, and visiting scholars. Please inquire at the circulation desk about the carrel policy. When not reserved, these rooms can be used on a first-come, first-served basis.

Print, Copy, and Scan

Print, Copy, and Scan

There are computers and copiers on each floor of the library. Use the library's catalog, scan materials for later study, or print using VTS' Papercut Service. Copiers are located in the middle area of each floor. VTS ID cards can access print, copy, and scan features.


Contact VTS Computer Lab Support: or (703) 461-1952

The Computer Lab is located on the lower level of the Addison building, adjacent to the Flamingo. The lab is staffed Mon - Fri 9 - 12 and 1 - 5. Staff can assist you with computer issues.