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Library Guide

Our Library Guide

Welcome to the Krauth Memorial Library [KML], a member of the Eastern Cluster Lutheran Library System that links Philadelphia with the libraries at Gettysburg and Southern seminaries. As a result of this unique partnership, faculty and students have access to over 413,000 items in the common electronic catalog.

Circulation Desk – 215-248-6329


Library Card: Enrolled LTSP students, faculty, and staff may obtain library cards at the Circulation Desk.

Circulating Collection: Books and non-print materials circulate for ONE TERM. If another patron has not requested an item, it may be renewed ONCE in person, by phone, or by viewing your account on the web. Visit ECCO, click on Patron and enter your barcode and last name.

Overnight items: Reference and reserve books may be borrowed overnight. All overnight items will be released ONE HOUR before closing and must be returned WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR after opening the next day. Current issues of periodicals and past issues that have been bound NEVER circulate.

Recalls: Borrowed items may be recalled after two weeks if requested by another patron. Items not returned within 24 hours after recall will be charged a $5.00 fee. Items may be recalled IMMEDIATELY for RESERVE USE.

Fines: Overdue items are fined $.25 per day. Overdue RESERVE items are fined $.25 per hour. The maximum fine per item is $5.00. If a borrowed item is believed lost, notify circulation and fines will cease. Patrons are responsible for replacement costs.

PHOTOCOPIER: A coin-operated photocopier is located across from the circulation desk. Photocopies are $.10 per page for 8.5 x 11 and 8.5 x 14 sheets of paper. The 11 x 17 sheets cost $.20 per page. Microfiche copying is $.10 per page.

RESERVES: Materials placed on reserve by faculty are shelved in the Card Catalog corridor. Items are arranged alphabetically by title and are listed in ECCO. CLICK the Course Reserve tab and select the course. P/=Philadelphia

INTERLIBRARY LOAN: Research materials not available in the Krauth Memorial Library may be obtained for enrolled students of LTSP and faculty. Please inquire at the Circulation Desk for the appropriate forms. Your request may take up to two weeks before it arrives in KML.

THE SEPTLA CONSORTIUM – [Southeast Pennsylvania Theological Library Association] has an agreement that allows enrolled students of LTSP to utilize the 2,000,000 volumes in theology and related disciplines that are located in member libraries. Nearby theological schools in the consortium include Palmerl Seminary of Eastern UniversityMoravian Theological Seminary,Princeton Theological SeminaryReconstructionist Rabbinical CollegeSt. Charles Borromeo Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary

Visit the SEPTLA website at for a complete listing, address, phone number, and library hours of member schools.

  • • You must have a valid LTSP Student Identification Card.  
  • • ALWAYS introduce yourself at the circulation desk of the school you are visiting and ask about the rules regarding use and circulation of materials.

LOCAL LIBRARIES: The FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA extends borrowing privileges to students enrolled in schools in the city. Local branches have good video collections that can be borrowed. Take your valid student ID to request a library card. Nearby local branches are Lovett Memorial, Chestnut Hill, and the Northwest Regional Facility. Visit the website for locations and hours.

RIGHT TO INSPECT: We reserve the right to inspect any parcels. We may not choose to inspect all parcels at all times, but please do not be offended if we happen to spot-check yours.

DETECTION SYSTEM: The Krauth Memorial Library has a Checkpoint Detection System that alerts staff to the unauthorized removal of books, journals, tapes, and videos. If the alarm should sound as you are leaving, return to the circulation desk. It will not sound for personal items, will not erase magnetic tapes, disks, or interfere with pacemakers.

Library Hours

Summer Hours 2017

Monday to Friday8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Library will close at 2:30 PM on Friday, June 30th.



Memorial Day, July 3rd & 4th

No evening hours on days when no classes or exams are scheduled.



Search the Eastern Cluster Catalog Online

Click one of the buttons below to search.


Search Eastern Cluster Collection and beyond ›

Full Catalog ›

ATLA/ATLAS Serials & Coll. ›

Luthers Werke-Weimar Ausgabe ›

WorldCat ›

(Link available through Moodlerooms Bibliographic Instruction course)

Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology ›
Password required. Students, Please contact the library.


Journal/Book Request Form

Request a Journal or Book using the KML online form.
click to go to the form

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History of the Library

A major component in the seminary’s educational program is the 200,000 volume Krauth Memorial Library. It boasts one of the finest scholarly collections of any Lutheran institution in America and it houses archives of five of the seminary’s supporting synods.

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The Doberstein Window

This beautiful stained glass window was installed in the Krauth Memorial Library in March 1975. It is a memorial to Professor John W. Doberstein, whose friends had contributed funds for it in his memory.

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Library Staff

Main Desk

Telephone: 215.248.6329

Sharon Baker, Public Services Assistant

Ron Townsend, Acquisitions Assistant

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

7301 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19119-1974
Fax: 215.248.4577

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Our Mission

"Centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia seeks to educate and form public leaders who are committed to developing and nurturing individual believers and communities of faith for engagement in the world."