Students purchase their own books, may find them on reserve at the GTU library (check your syllabus or with your professor to see which ones are reserved for your course), or can check them out from the GTU Library, the UC Berkeley Library.


Readers for PSR courses can be purchased from Vick Copy just two blocks down the hill from PSR toward the UC Berkeley campus.

1879 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
Tel: 510.549.2679 Fax: 510.549.2678

For some courses, readers may be available online via Moodle. Check with your course syllabus or instructor for more details.

PSR Centers and Affiliates

Pacific School of Religion is home to several centers and programs that provide critical scholarship resources on some of today’s most cutting-edge theological, social, cultural, and ethical issues. Many of these centers are key in contributing to the curriculum PSR offers as well as support and resource to students whose areas of interest may intersect with those of the centers. Visit Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion and the Ignite Institute @ PSR.

GTU Centers, Affiliates, & Programs

Over the past 30 years, a variety of specialized centers, programs, and institutes have become a vital part of the life and identity of the GTU. Some of these organizations originated within, and have been sponsored by the GTU itself; others have entered into the informal association or contractual affiliation with the GTU from outside. As a group, the GTU Centers and Affiliates, & Programs provide important perspectives and resources to the GTU community. They have broadened the ecumenical and inter-religious representation in the GTU beyond the denominations represented in the member schools. They have expressed and advocated the identity and interests of women and ethnic minorities within the GTU — academically, culturally, and socially. In addition to providing academic resources and expertise relevant to the overall curriculum of the GTU, these affiliates have conceived, sponsored, and produced forums, public lectures, and conferences — bringing outside scholars and religious leaders into direct conversation with the GTU community. The PSR catalog (which is sent to prospective students) has brief descriptions of GTU affiliates and programs.

University of California at Berkeley

The UCB roster of courses is stunning and extends, vastly, the academic opportunities for GTU students. Course availability may be limited. Instructions for cross-registration are available in the hallway outside the PSR Office of Academic Affairs. Note: The academic calendars of the GTU and UCB do not coincide, so if you cross-register, you will juggle two different academic schedules. The semester at UCB usually begins two weeks before the GTU semester, so students who cross-register must be sure that they are available for UCB’s first class meeting.

Flora Lamson Hewlett Library (GTU Library)

The GTU is fortunate to have one of the largest theological libraries in the world. The staff at the Reference Desk will acquaint you with the collection and introduce you to the online catalog. Individual sessions and workshops about the necessary techniques for successful library research are also available each semester. The Flora Lamson Hewlett Library also has access to UCB’s online catalog, the catalog for the entire UCB library system, and interlibrary book-loan services. The following information is provided by the GTU and is published in the MA handbook:

The Library Website
Information about our hours and other services may be found on the GTU Library web site. From the home page, you may link to GRACE, the GTU Library catalog, to electronic resources available via the Internet, to tutorials and handouts on a variety of research topics, or to other useful sites on the Internet. Notices regarding special closings or other news will also appear on the library’s home page.

How to get a Library Card
Students, faculty, and staff should bring their GTU ID card with the current semester’s registration sticker to the library. The ID card will be barcoded at the library, and then you can use it as your library card. . The GTU Library card may be used for borrowing materials from both the Hewlett Library in Berkeley (commonly called “the GTU Library”) and its branch library at the San Francisco Theological Seminary (“the SFTS Library”). Fines are charged on overdue, lost, or damaged materials. For more information about recalling materials, placing holds, or other borrowing procedures, see the web page above.

GRACE, the Library Catalog
You can see what materials the library owns by searching the library’s online catalog, GRACE. Books may be looked up by author, title, subject, keyword, or call number. Books in the GTU Library are arranged on the shelf according to the Library of Congress call number system, the system used by academic libraries in the U.S.

Research Databases
The GTU Library subscribes to databases that provide access to journal indexes, full-text journal articles, electronic encyclopedias, and images. These databases are available via the Internet. Anyone may access these databases while in the library, but remote access from home is restricted to GTU students, faculty, visiting scholars, and staff.

Reserve Books
Books or articles placed on reserve for a class are shelved at the Circulation Desk. To request an item on reserve, you must know its call number. Look up the call number on GRACE, either by the course number or the professor’s name. See the special links on GRACE to course reserves.

Research Assistance
The Reference Desk is located on Level 2 of the GTU Library. Reference Desk staff is ready and willing to help library users. For example, we can show you how to:
• use GRACE or electronic databases
• find a book or journal article
• decipher a journal citation
• get started on a research project

Library workshops, conducted in the Teaching Lab on Level 2 of the GTU Library, are offered in the fall and spring. Topics include: searching the library catalog, using indexes to find journal articles and book reviews, writing with proper academic citation, and getting started on Biblical research. See the current semester’s schedule and a full description of each workshop on our webpage.

Interlibrary Loan
Materials not found at the GTU Library or at the UC Berkeley Library can be obtained for you from another library. This service is called Interlibrary Loan (ILL). ILL requests may be made at the Reference Desk. This service is only available to GTU students, faculty, visiting scholars, and staff.

Audio-Visual Media and Microforms
The Library has a variety of non-book materials: videos, DVDs, CDs, audiocassettes, filmstrips, kits, and slides. To see if we have a specific title, look it up on GRACE. Most materials circulate, but they may also be viewed or listened to in the Audiovisual Room on Level 2 of the GTU Library. The microfilm and microfiche collection and reader/printer are located on Level 1. Copies made from the reader/printer are 15 cents per page and may be paid for at the Circulation Desk.

Computers in the Library
At the GTU Library, four GRACE stations are located around the circular atrium. There are ten stations on the east and west sides of Level 2 for general use such as Internet and word processing. Time limits are set on these stations (see Wireless is also available in the library (see The Teaching Lab on Level 2 is reserved for class and workshop use only. At the Branch Library at SFTS, computers in the public areas may be used for searching GRACE, databases, or the Internet. A computer lab adjacent to the library is available for additional use.

Photocopy machines are located on Levels 1 and 2. These machines accept copy cards, which may be purchased from a vending machine located on the book return desk on Level 2, or you may use cash.

Study Areas
On Level 1, two study rooms are available to GTU students and faculty for group or personal study. A sign-up sheet and keys for these rooms are kept at the Circulation Desk.

GTU students may check out a locker key from the Circulation Desk at the beginning of each
semester. Lockers are located on Level 1.

The University of California – Berkeley Library and Santa Clara University 

Pick up a handout at the library or see the, GTU Interlibrary Loan web page for a description of the resources available to GTU students at these libraries.

UCB Libraries 
The GTU has negotiated borrowing privileges for GTU member-school students with all UCB branch libraries at no cost. The libraries of the GTU and UCB have a cooperative agreement for purchasing materials: UCB depends on the GTU Library in some fields, and the GTU Library depends on the UCB Library in others. Depending on your interests and the courses you take, the collections of the UCB Library may be an important part of your work.

Take your GTU ID card that has a current validation sticker on it to UCB’s Main Library Service Desk (not the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library) to obtain borrowing privileges throughout the UC library system. Most of your library needs, if not met by the GTU Library, will be met by using the Main Library or one of the many UCB branch libraries on campus. If the UCB’s Main Library copy is checked out, you can recall it. Check with the
Information Desk at the UCB Main Library for more information.

Berkeley Public Library

The Berkeley Public Library is located in downtown Berkeley, about a ten minute walk southwest from the PSR campus. With photo ID and proof of residence in Berkeley which you may obtain from the Housing department if you live on campus, you may be entitled to a Berkeley Public Library card.

PSR students may have limited tutoring services at no cost through the PSR Writing Center.

Additionally, a list of GTU PhD students who have agreed to offer their services as academic tutors for masters or certificate students in various areas is available from the Assistant Deans. Rates range from $15-$50/hour, most of which are negotiable with the tutor. If academic assistance is needed at any time in your program, Masters and Certificate level students are welcome to enlist these tutors to assist with writing papers or with other academic areas. Note that in the case of requesting a tutor to help with a paper, that tutors have been instructed to give editorial feedback only, not on content. Please give ample time for turnaround (at least 2 weeks) and communicate clearly about services requested, deadlines, and payment arrangement with your tutor.

The GTU is a structurally unique organization that embodies a set of ecumenical and academic ideals. It consists of nine denominational, or inter-denominational member schools — all of which are theological institutions preparing people for ordination and church leadership. GTU has an informal but highly significant relationship with UCB (University of California at Berkeley). The GTU is further enriched by the presence of a number of affiliates and programs representing a range of religious traditions and theological perspectives. Each of the nine schools is an autonomous institution with its own faculty, Board of Trustees, and a distinctive mission based on its denominational affiliation(s). These autonomous institutions come together in a number of ways to create the GTU consortium. The nine GTU consortium schools share a library. There is also a GTU Common Registrar who establishes the Schedule of Classes and assigns classrooms for the consortium. For the most part, consortium schools that have classrooms share classroom space. The nine schools have open cross-registration agreements. The consortium awards the PhD and ThD degrees, and governance of those programs is by the GTU Dean and the Core Doctoral Faculty, not by any one of the nine schools. The GTU has a small number of its own faculty in fields that do not readily fit into the member schools (e.g., Jewish Studies, Buddhist Studies, Eastern Orthodox Christianity). By and large, faculty of the doctoral programs are culled from the nine member schools, whose services are available to all students through consortial agreements and arrangements.

Various Merit and Need-based scholarships are available from PSR, our Denominational Partners, and other organizations.

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