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AMBS Library Response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

We're here to help you succeed!

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

Call 574-296-6253 or e-mail

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 and Proxy Pickup

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

Another option is to have someone else (a "proxy") pick up books for you.

To request, please send an email to identifying the books you need and how they should be handled.

Curbside Pickup

AMBS Library offers a new "curbside pickup" service (for both community borrowers and AMBS students/employees).  Simply request the materials you wish to borrow (see instructions below, or email  Once they are available, you will receive an email indicating that the materials have been checked out to you and are available to be picked up.  The books will be waiting for you on the shelf inside the Waltner Hall main entrance.

When finished, you can return them to the drop box outside the library's Tower Entrance.


After locating books via the library's "Books" search tab, students and faculty may use the "Get it" button and then "Place hold."  You will need to sign in to the system to make your request.

Please follow up with an email to indicating whether you would like to pick up your books yourself, identify someone else to pick up your books, or have the library mail you the books.


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:


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.