The APU Libraries have made a number of cooperative agreements to allow APU students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials from other academic and public libraries.
Atla Reciprocal Borrowing Program
The Atla Reciprocal Borrowing Program creates an arrangement between participating Atla Institutional Members and Affiliate Candidate Libraries to grant check-out privileges to each other’s patrons/students. A patron/student walks into a participating library, shows proof of current enrollment at another participating library, and checks out materials based on its local lending policies.
To see which seminaries/libraries are members in this program and closest to you, view a map of participating libraries.Before a visiting a member library, please view the following spreadsheet of participating libraries that provides an overview of any restrictions/limitations that may be in place for borrowing material at a particular library.
Inland Empire Academic Library Cooperative (IEALC)
IEALC is a cooperative arrangement between 17 academic libraries in San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties. It allows students to visit and borrow materials from participating libraries. Students must show their APU ID card and an IEALC card at the participating library in order to borrow books. This service is not available for faculty and staff. Apply for an IEALC card online.
For the most current listing of IEALC member libraries, see the IEALC membership list.
Southern California Theological Library Association (SCATLA)
SCATLA is a cooperative arrangement between 18 theological libraries in Southern California. It allows graduate theology students and theology faculty members to visit and borrow materials from participating libraries. A research consultation is required in order to obtain a SCATLA card, and users must show their APU ID card and a SCATLA card at the participating library in order to borrow books. To apply for a SCATLA card, contact Lindsey Sinnott at firstname.lastname@example.org or (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2192; or Liz Leahy at email@example.com or (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5641.
Learn more about SCATLA.
Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC)
SCELC is a cooperative arrangement between 83 libraries throughout California. It allows faculty members to visit and borrow materials from participating libraries. A research consultation is required in order to obtain a SCELC card, and faculty members must show their APU ID card and a SCELC card at the participating library in order to borrow books. This service is not available for students or staff. To apply for a SCELC card, contact Cheryl Chesler at firstname.lastname@example.org.