Graduate Theological Union

Reference Desk

Quick Link: Wireless Complaint and Comment form

Reference Desk Summer Hours:
Monday 10:00-4:00
Tuesday 11:00-7:00
Wednesday 10:00-5:00
Thursday 10:00-4:00
Friday 10:00-4:00

Other hours available by request. 

Ask a librarian: or 510-649-2501 or visit us at the reference desk!

NOTE: Please contact the circulation desk for help with your library card or account, to renew items, to place holds/recalls, to reserve study rooms, and to check on library services and hours. or (510) 649-2500. This phone number is answered all of the library's open hours.

Available 24/7: Our Guides and Tutorials!



  1. Locate a specific fact, or answer a specific question
  2. Find a particular book, journal, journal article, video, slide set, or audio tape
  3. Find materials on a particular topic
  4. Provide basic instruction on research skills such as finding journal articles, searching for books, or how to use Biblical reference tools
  5. Assist in using electronic research tools, such as the ATLA Religion Database
  6. Suggest additional avenues for researching a topic
  7. Submit Interlibrary Loan requests (Note: These may take 2 weeks or more. You will be contacted when the requested book or materials arrive.)
  8. Approve format and paper for thesis and dissertation
  9. Request materials from Special Collections and Archives

Contact Us:

Telephone during scheduled hours: 510-649-2501
Ask a Librarian Form Note: Do not use the form for renewals, SFTS/GTU item requests, holds, or recalls. Instead call the circulation department at 510-649-2500.