How to Renew Books Online

For our first library Frequently Asked Questions blog post we will be starting with the question, “How do I renew a book online?”

Library patrons can check their library account, renew books, adjust search preferences, save searches, and make resource lists from home using our online catalog and their patron account.


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In the top right corner of the Eastern Cluster Catalog Online (ECCO), our online catalog you will see the option to “Log in to your account.”

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Once you click that link you will log in using your library barcode number which is the number below your barcode on your student ID or the number below the barcode on your library card.

The other information it will require is your last name.

Please note: The “Log in using my” criteria must be set to “Barcode.”

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After you have logged in you will be taken to your search homepage.

Please note: Your name will be displayed where the prompt to “log in to your account” had been before.

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Now that you have logged in you can select the “My Account tab.”

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Here you will be presented with the items you currently have charged out, their status, and their due date.

By placing a check in the check box next to the item to select it and then clicking on the “Request Renewal” links you can renew any item you have checked out.

Please note: Items can only be renewed online if they have not been renewed online already, are not overdue, and there are no outstanding fines on your patron account.


If you have any issues or questions about renewing a book online please be sure to contact our public service assistants:

Cody Swisher in Gettysburg-


Sharon Baker in Philadelphia-



The ULS Libraries is proud to present a new series of lectures and workshops this Spring designed to complement students’ seminary education. This February we are kicking off the series with two lecturers who come to us from outside the realm of ministry and theology. We hope you’ll be able to join us for two fun evenings this month and will join us for future lectures.

Image courtesy of Angelina C. Meehan.

Dream, Diversify and Never Miss an Angle: Using Disney Movies as a Lens to Explore History, Art and Culture

The field of media studies has never been more popular or accessible than it is now, and pop culture has become one of the fastest-growing entry points to the study of the humanities. Using Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame as a case study, videoy essayists Lindsay Ellis and Angelina Meehan engage the audience with an entertaining and accessible introduction to media studies.


February 21, 2018 @ 7 pm in Krauth Memorial Library
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February 22, 2018 @ 7 pm in Wentz Memorial Library
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Lindsay Ellis


Lindsay Ellis is a video essayist and film critic who makes content exploring on film theory, narrative, structure, and film history. She studied Cinema Studies at NYU, and has her MFA in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She has been producing video content for nearly a decade, and has written for The Mary Sue,, IFC, and Vox. Known for her “highbrow” analyses, most of her videos involve the Disney Company or Transformers.

Angelina C. Meehan


Angelina C. Meehan graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Art History from the University of Delaware, with an emphasis in post-colonial architecture in Latin America. Prior to her work as co-writer and co-editor for Lindsay Ellis, she has held multiple positions in content creation and marketing with multiple artistic cornerstones in the Philadelphia area, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation. In her free time, she dabbles in improv and musical theater.

We hope to see you at either event and please share this post on Facebook to spread the word!

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Welcome to the Spring Semester!

The ULS Library staff welcomes you to Spring 2018! This semester will be full of new opportunities to interact with library staff, learn about research and writing, and learn about the complex social issues you’ll face after graduation. I’m Evan Boyd, the Library Director. You’ll find me regularly visiting both campuses, but I am also available via email. Any questions or issues with library services can be directed to me.


Please peruse the new library website to learn more about what services and collections we offer! The ULS Library is a part of the Eastern Cluster Library, which includes Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Overall, we have access to over 400,000 books spread across three physical locations, with at least 30,000 of the titles from before 1700. ULS students also have access to thousands of e-books and e-journals that expand the breadth of our collection. If none of those materials meet your research needs, please let us know what you’re looking for and we may be able to help!


The library is proud to announce we have a staffed writing center once again. Caitlin Muhlbach, spouse of student Karl Muhlbach, will be on the Gettysburg campus for office hours 4 hours every week. She’ll be available in person, on the phone, or via Skype for Business (by appointment). For February and March, her office hours are Wednesdays from 11 am to 3 pm.


The writing center will be offering  two workshops every month in Valentine 215 (Gettysburg), Library C (Philadelphia), and via Zoom connection for those unable to be physically present

Basics of Academic Writing will be the topic on Wednesday, February 7, at 6 pm.

Basics of Formatting Papers in Microsoft Word will be the topic on Thursday, February 15, at 6 pm.


Tired of trying to find where you put the login information for the library’s databases? Good news! The ULS Library, with the help of IT, has implemented a new tool that allows you to access all e-resources from off campus with your ULS email username and password. From now on, when you click a link to a library resource from off either campus, you’ll be prompted for your username & password. As an example, my ULS email is, so I would use eboyd as my username. I would use my email password to complete the login.

Because of this change, any bookmarks you currently have to library resources will stop working. We’ll be turning off any other way to access this material in early February. To make sure you can get to all of the seminary’s resources, start your search from the library’s website,

This is also the perfect moment for me to proudly share with you that we have acquired many new online resources for your use. The ULS community now has access to over 25,000 eBooks and 28,000 electronic periodicals. A listing of all these new resources can be found on the library’s website here. You can find all our paid content on the Databases A to Z page. We hope to add all eBooks to the ECCO catalog soon, but in the mean time, you can find them when searching WorldCat or by exploring directly in each database.

As always, if you have any questions about accessing anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me or my staff.


What’s an Archives?

Archives and archivists play a vital role in making these historical records and materials accessible to the public. Without archivists and archives to preserve the unique records of institutions and individuals, the past would be forgotten.


The Seminary Archives in the A.R. Wentz Library of Gettysburg collects materials of importance relating to the history and day-to-day operations of the Seminary. Many people have heard of the term archives, but are not quite sure what it is.

Keep reading to learn more about archives and archivists and how they can benefit you!

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National Letter Writing Month: A Look Inside a Missionary’s Letter Journal Collection

April is National Letter Writing Month! Looking back to March, the library honored Lutheran Women missionaries in India at the turn of the 20th century in our entryway exhibit case for Women’s History Month.

The exhibit contains a letter from the papers of Miss Annie. E. Sanford. Miss Sanford’s collection at the Seminary Archives is full of letter journals that describe her time in India and serves as a perfect example of the importance of letter writing.


 Left: Annie Sanford in 1895, Center: Letter from 1895, Right: Annie Sanford in 1908

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It’s National Library Week!


WHAT? National Library Week!
WHEN? April 9-15, 2017
WHERE? All types of libraries! School, public, academic and special
WHY? Celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support
The theme for this year is “Libraries Transform,” reminding everyone that libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people.

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Women’s History Month Archives Exhibit


There is a new archives exhibit in the library in honor of Women’s History Month entitled, “Women’s Work: Lutheran Missionaries in India at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.”

Curated by intern, Meriah Swope, the exhibit features missionaries Jessie Brewer, Annie Sanford, and Mary Baer and their work in the Guntur Girl’s School in Guntur, India. The exhibit will be up all month in the library entrance. Stop by to check it out!

To learn more about Women’s History at Gettysburg Seminary? Contact Archivist Sheila Joy by email at or by phone at 717-339-1317.