Library Services

Alex Koohang defines information literacy as “the set of skills needed to articulate an information need, and subsequently, find, retrieve, analyze and use appropriate information to meet that need.”[1] Information literacy, then, includes the use of and access to technology, the ability to utilize software, the discernment of information, and the citing of information that is included in new product. The goal of the seminary is to develop ministers for the city and the world who have the skills necessary for accessing and negotiating a broad range of information systems.

Information Literacy at NYTS provides a wide range of services and resources that allow a student to develop the necessary informational skills for a modern ministry.

  • Information Literacy provides resources in the following areas:
  • Library and computer negotiation skills
  • Research methodology
  • Questions about citations and proper formatting
  • Help with the development and writing of research papers

The Digital Theological Library

NYTS is one of the co-owners of the Digital Theological Library, a born-digital library of religious and theological studies. The mission of the DTL is to provide co-owning institutions with the highest quality digital resources in religious and theological studies at the lowest possible costs.

The Digital Theological Library system provides access to:

  • 600,000+ ebooks
  • 62,000,000 articles
  • 21,000 journals
  • 150+ databases
  • 30+ subject guides
  • Which of the above library services are available to NYTS Students? All graduate students have full access to the Digital Theological Library.
  • How can I learn more about getting familiar with the libraries available for NYTS students? 
    • The Information Literacy department provides several modes to train students:
      • for 1st year students, taking the Intro to Theological Education course.
      • Video training
      • workshops that are provided throughout the year
      • scheduling time for help on the use of the digital library system (see below)
  • Is a reference librarian available to help? We provide reference services in two forms: by Zoom (video conference) or in person.  Both require scheduling time with the Reference Librarian.  Click here to schedule an appointment.  

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is the largest public library in the United States, with almost 7 million items in its collection, and is a vital node in the NYTS information system.  An NYPL library card is mandatory, and all students are entitled to an NYPL library card, whether or not they are residents of New York state.

The NYPL is especially important to our students, as it provides a wide range of journals that can be accessed from a student’s home or workplace.  Works that are not available at the New York Public library can be obtained through Interlibrary Loan, a service that borrows books from other libraries.  In addition, as NYPL is a member of Metro, a large network of libraries in the metropolitan area, students can obtain a Metro card, which will allow them to use books at other libraries.