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Distance Services

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The AMBS Library has a team of professional staff, student assistants, and volunteers ready to serve you.

Call 574-296-6253 or e-mail [email protected].

Use the navigation links to explore the services available to you: Document Delivery, Books by Mail, Borrowing from Seminary Libraries, and Other Libraries Near You.


Books by Mail

Books in the AMBS library general collection can be mailed to AMBS students who are not able to come to campus.


After locating books via the library's "Books" search tab, students may use the "Place hold" button and sign in to the system to request an AMBS library book be delivered to them by mail.


Library materials may be renewed once for the same time period as the first loan. Renewals may be requested three ways:

  • Sign in to "My Account" in AMBS WorldCat
  • Via phone: 574-296-6253
  • Via e-mail: [email protected]


It is the borrower's responsibility to ensure that materials are safely returned to AMBS.

Please use a delivery service with return or tracking service (US Postal Service Media Mail does not have return service). If books are lost in the mail, borrowers will be asked to pay standard replacement or processing fees.

Borrowers should retain the library's packaging materials to re-use for the return shipment.


Due Dates

  • General Books: end of current semester 
  • Audiovisual materials and papers: 2 weeks

Not available for mailing

  • Required textbooks
  • Materials from other libraries
  • Materials that do not circulate at AMBS
  • Materials in fragile condition
  • Reserves, Reference, Periodicals, Equipment

Books by mail service is only available to current AMBS students and faculty.

Borrower pays for return shipment to AMBS.

Borrower will pay for the replacement cost and a $20 processing fee for any materials that are lost or damaged while on loan, including items in transit to or from the library.

Accounts in AMBS WorldCat

In this short video, AMBS Librarian Karl Stutzman demonstrates signing in to AMBS WorldCat to view and renew loans and view and modify requests.