Most of our patrons don't spend much time in Chicago, but that doesn't mean you can't use the library. We have extensive electronic resources that are available anywhere in the world. If you are curious about eBooks, please go here. If you need access to our journal and periodical databases, go here.
You can check out anything in our circulating collection by mail, except books published prior to 1870. This includes all of our circulating books listed with the location "MAIN" in the catalog, as well as course reserves that are listed with the location "Temporarily shelved at RESERVES." We cannot mail you periodicals, but if you need a copy of a single article from a journal or magazine, you should contact the librarian about getting a copy or PDF of it. We have a small reference section, and you can also get copies/PDFs of sections of our reference books if you need them.
I-Share books can also be checked out by mail. When making your request from the I-Share catalog, select "Meadville Lombard Theological School" as the pick-up library and "USPS delivery (MTLS only)" as the pick-up location. When the book(s) arrive to the Wiggin Library the librarian will mail them to you at the address listed in your library account. When it is shipped you will receive an email with a tracking number.
Yes, please do. Call or email the librarian to let us know that the books are on their way. We don’t need a tracking number or anything like that, but it gives us peace of mind. By telling us when you return books by mail, we know to keep a look out for your books. It also helps us know that if your books don't make it back to the library in a timely fashion, that you did have your books in the mail on time and the mail was slow.
Sure! When you call or email to ask for the books, include the address where you’d like them to be sent. They can be mailed anywhere. If you make your request through I-Share, please let the librarian know ASAP that you would like your book(s) sent to a different address than the one listed in your library account.
All of our books are sent using the US Postal Service, and are usually sent at Library Rate or Media Mail, and we don't charge you to ship the books. You do, however, have to pay for the shipping when you mail the books back to the library.
We are happy to mail you your books using whatever service you want, but the cost of using a non-USPS carrier is not built in. If you need something to be sent using a carrier besides the US Postal Service, we may have to charge you.
If you check out books in person while you’re in town, but won’t have space to bring them home with you, talk to the librarian. We are usually able to mail your books to you after you leave town.