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*Visitors' guide to the GTU library*

The GTU library offers a wide range of services to the community. Learn more about getting a card and using the GTU library here!

GTU Library barcode & semester stickers

We have a number of library cards available for borrowing items. 

Application for a GTU Library card must be made in person. You must have your library card with you to check out items; no items will be checked out to you without your library card. Library cards are not transferable and should not be used by anyone other than yourself.

Inquiries may be directed to the Circulation Desk at 510-649-2500 or to


Current UC Berkeley students, faculty, library staff, and visiting scholars:
Bring your UCB ID card to the circulation desk to obtain your free card (use the "Other Comments" field to explain that you're a UCB community member). Students must be listed in UCB's regweb. Faculty and Library staff must be listed in the current UCB faculty/staff directory. Visiting Scholars must have their blue or yellow ID card. Please note: borrowing privileges do not include remote access to subscription databases via the web.

The Library allows others in the following categories to obtain borrowing cards. Please note that borrowing privileges do not include remote access to Internet-accessible databases (such as the ATLA Religion Database) to which the GTU Library subscribes.


Faculty of accredited U.S. colleges, universities and seminaries:
Faculty members from any accredited college or university in the U.S., who do not have visiting scholar status, may obtain a reduced-fee library card with proof of a Bay Area address and a letter from the head of his/her department on college/university letterhead.  Those who do not have a local address may consult with the Circulation Desk to see if special circumstances apply for obtaining a reduced-fee patron card. Accredited means accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) or the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) or one of WASC’s partner accrediting organizations.

GTU alumni:
To purchase a card, email one of the following to the Library, or bring a copy to the circulation desk: diploma, or a letter from the registrar of your school stating completion of a degree program. If your thesis or dissertation appears on GRACE, the GTU Library catalog, this will also be considered proof of alumni status. Alumni cards cost $30/year.

General Public:
Residents of California may purchase a Community Patron borrowing card. Purchase of a library card enables checkout of materials only; possession of a library card does not imply "membership" in the GTU or the GTU Library. To purchase a card, bring a picture ID that states your California address. Community Patron cards cost $40 for three months, $80 for six months, or $145 for 12 months. Bring your ID and cash or check payment (sorry - the Library cannot accept debit/credit cards at this time) to the circulation desk. If you live outside of California and there is material at the GTU Library that you wish to borrow, please inquire at your local public library about its Interlibrary Loan services.


Renewing, holds, and recalls: library account terminology

What are all these library terms? You'll hear a lot of terminology around the library, here are some of the most frequently used terms. 

Holds- an item is checked out, and you'd like to be next on the list. Or, you'd like the item brought over from another GTU location (for example, it's in storage and you want it retrieved). You'll be notified (by email) when it's available for pickup. 

Recall- an item is checked out, and you'd like to ask for it to be returned before the due date. We will contact the person who has it and give them 2 weeks to return it. This process allows us to have long checkout periods. 

Renew- you'd like the book for longer and we can extend the due date. However, you won't be able to renew if there is a hold or recall on the item. 

Interlibrary Loan- the item is not owned by your home library and you'd like it from another library. Visitors are not eligible for interlibrary loan services from the GTU, but you can use the interlibrary loan services at your local public library if you are out of the area and would like a GTU item mailed. 


For holds, recalls, or renewals: visit or call the circulation desk at GTU or SFTS. 

You can also renew your books online by logging into your library account