Searching the library's book catalog (ECCO: The Eastern Cluster Catalog ) can sometimes be a challenge, as it was designed in a different era. ECCO includes the print collections in Philadelphia and Gettysburg, as well as the print collection at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in South Carolina.
In addition, you can find all our books (print and ebook) inside of WorldCat Books . WorldCat also shows you what other libraries own a title, and if you live near either campus, you may want to visit one of our partner libraries in person. Books found in ECCO or WorldCat can be delivered to your local campus (or, in some cases, to your home--ask us for more info).
The ULS Library now offers easy delivery of books between all three libraries as well as to your home. If the book you want is actually on another campus, you can now click on "Place hold" in the book catalog to make a direct request for delivery between campuses. In order to use this feature, you need to have a print book circulation account. You can sign up for one by emailing the library or by coming to the library's circulation desks to fill out the form.
If you live more than 30 miles from the Gettysburg of Philadelphia campus, you can have up to five books delivered to you via USPS at a time. While the library pays to ship the materials to you, you are responsible for returning them. More library policies for print books can be found here.
All ebooks the ULS Library provides can either be read on the web or downloaded as PDF. Whenever possible, the resources are designed for online reading or for printing out. No special software beyond a web browser and Adobe Acrobat Reader should be needed. At this point, nearly all the library's ebooks are in the ECCO catalog. Search the catalog to find ebooks, click the link that says one of two things: "Free internet resource open to all" or "ULS Students, Faculty, and Staff: Click here to access." For the latter resources, you will need your ULS email address and password to login. Contact the library staff if you have difficulty accessing resources.
While not all books on a particular topic will be found under its exact subject heading, these links may be a good place to start in ECCO. While these links go to the library catalog, you can also use these terms in all of the library's databases.