Periodicals and Journals
ATLA CPLI: Catholic Periodical and Literature Index
To access ATLA CPLI remotely, LST students may request EBSCOHost User ID and Password from the LST Librarian through
LST Library Online Orientation (prezi.com)
The Ralph B. Gehring Library has been described as "the best theological library in Southeast Asia." Whatever truth there be in such a statement probably does not refer to the library's physical plant or equipment but only to its holdings of theological books and bound periodicals, now numbering up to 100,000 volumes.
Formerly owned by the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus and donated to Loyola School of Theology in 1996, the Ralph B. Gehring Library is intended primarily for use by the faculty and students of Loyola School of Theology.
Library Hours and Service
The library is open from 7:45 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, throughout most of the year. It is closed on Sundays, school or legal holidays, and announced days for inventory. Upon entering the library, a client must present a validated LST ID card with his/her photo on it. Bags, brief cases, knapsacks, umbrellas, etc. must be left in the depository boxes found near the entrance.
The library main door is equipped with a sensing device that detects library books that have not been properly checked out at the circulation counter. If the device sounds an alarm, the exiting client must return to the counter and allow his/her bag, briefcase, etc. to be inspected.
Categories of Clients
The library fee, paid to the LST cashier during registration, entitles various categories of clients to the following privileges:
(a) LST Students Enrolled in Degree or Certificate Programs. LST students enrolled in degree or certificate programs may borrow up to ten (10) books for two weeks, with a possibility of renewal if the books are not otherwise needed. Students writing STD/PhD dissertations may borrow up to fifteen (15) books for two weeks, with the possibility of renewal if the books are not otherwise needed.
(b) Cross-Registrants. Cross-registrants from the Ateneo de Manila University have the same privileges as regular LST students. Cross-registrants from other schools may borrow books, up to three at one time, for a period of two weeks, with the possibility of renewal.
(c) Auditors. Auditors may use the library, but may not borrow books, except upon deposit of an amount per book determined by the LST Administration. This deposit is refunded at the end of each semester.
(d) Doctoral Students of the Consortium of Theological Studies: By virtue of the agreement on the mutual sharing of resources and facilities by member-schools, doctoral students of other schools belonging to the Consortium are granted the privilege of using the LST library. They may use the materials and facilities inside the library, but the books may not be lent out to them.
(e) Researchers from Other Schools or Institutions: Researchers from other schools or institutions may be granted permission by the President or Dean to do research work in the LST library provided they present an endorsement letter from their Department Chairperson and pay either a semestral or a daily spot-fee. They may use the materials and facilities inside the library, but books may not be lent out to them.
Borrowing and Returning Books
ID Cards are personal and thus non-transferable. This means both that the card may not be lent, and that the card-holder may borrow library books only for his/her own use and may not lend these to others. Note: Anyone violating this rule may be stripped of his borrowing privileges.
(a) Procedure: Books are borrowed and returned at the LST library circulation counter upon presentation of a validated LST ID.
(b) Recall of Books: Books must be returned at once if they are recalled by the library staff, even if the deadline for returning them has not yet arrived.
(c) Returning Deadlines: All books borrowed by both students and faculty must be returned to the library before the end of each semester. Borrowing privileges will not be renewed for clients who fail to observe this rule.
Fourth Year STB students must return all books borrowed from the library at least 48 hours before their oral comprehensive examinations.
Students who are writing their thesis must return all books from the library before they submit to the LST Office the final draft of their thesis for defense.
(d) Intra-Library Loans: A system of “intra-library” loans with the Ateneo Rizal Library is fully functioning. Books needed from the Rizal Library for LST purposes are transferred, upon request, to the LST Library and loaned to LST card-holders and vice versa. Books borrowed from the Rizal Library under the auspices of the LST library, are also returned to the LST library counter. Consult the special policy guidelines that govern this kind of loan.
Periodicals, Reference Materials, and Reserved Books
Periodicals (bound or unbound), reference books, and reserved books are not loaned out of the library. They may be used only inside the library. After use, they must be returned to the exact location from which they were taken. If users are not sure where to return them, they must seek the assistance of the library staff.
Use of Other Library Materials Within the Library
Library materials other than periodicals, reference books, and reserved books should not be returned to the shelves, but should normally be left on the reading tables for re-shelving by the library staff.
Library Access During the Summer
Students enrolled for the degree programs have access to the library until the first day of the semestral/summer registration. By this day, all books must be returned.
Students who have not returned overdue books or who have overdue fines and/or unpaid reimbursement charges, are not allowed to register in the next term. Delinquent cross-registrants are not given clearances for the release of their grades and/or transcripts. Offenders who are about to finish their studies in LST cannot not be given clearance for graduation as well as for the release of their grades, transcripts, and diplomas.
Library Computer Room
Computers linked to the Internet are available to library users. In addition, the library makes available to clients bibliographical as well as theological and biblical resource materials on CD-ROM. Special guidelines govern the use of these computers.
Library Online Public Access Catalogue
On every floor of the library building special computers are available for searching the library online public access catalogue (OPAC). The OPAC is also accessible through the Internet. Click here.
Low-cost photocopying service is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. A chapter or more to be photocopied is usually scheduled by the operator for pick-up later. Copying of fragile materials (e.g., newspaper, old books, etc.) must be authorized by the Librarian. Theses and dissertations may not be copied in whole or in part without explicit permission from the Librarian.