For a limited time JKM users can avail themselves of a trial database compliments of De Gruyter: the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its reception online. EBR is intended to serve as a comprehensive guide to the current state of knowledge on the background, origins, and development of the canonical texts of the Bible as they were accepted in Judaism and Christianity. This encyclopedia also documents the history of the Bible’s interpretation and reception across the centuries, not only in Judaism and Christianity, but also in literature, visual art, music, film, and dance, as well as in Islam and other religious traditions and new religious movements. Note: only the first 12 of the projected 30 volumes have been published to date, comprising articles on Aaron through Insult, although some articles beginning with J through M are available (but not Jesus). Because of the constraints of EBR Online being a trial database, only on-campus access is available to our users. We'd appreciate your feedback: contact us at or use the 'Ask a question' tab to your right.

From Thursday 19 May through Tuesday 7 June 2016 document delivery and interlibrary loan services will be delayed because of staff vacations.

The JKM collection grew by a whopping 5% last week with the acquisition of ProQuest's Religion & Philosophy ebrary collection comprising 14,700 titles. Here's what you need to do to access any of the 14,700 titles:

  • Dowload Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) version 4.5 here (this free software is different from Adobe Reader) (links are also available to download the app from Google Play or the App Store).
  • Create your own Adobe ID. Creating your own ID is not required to read ebooks, but doing so allows you to transfer the ebook to another device.
  • Download the ebrary ebook that you discover in searching the JKM catalog: click on the Online Access link, then the Available for Full Dowload link, and then the Download Your Book link. You can then choose to open or save the file.

Instructional videos are available on YouTube. Questions? drop us an email at or use the Ask a Question tab.


About the library
About the library

The JKM Library serves the students, faculty and staff of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and McCormick Theological Seminary. The JKM in our name was — from 1975 to 2004 — an initialism for Jesuit-Krauss-McCormick: Jesuit from the Jesuit School of Theology, which closed in 1981; Krauss from the Krauss Library, the original name of the merged collection when LSTC moved to Hyde Park in 1967; and McCormick for McCormick Theological Seminary, which joined the Jesuits and LSTC in the Hyde Park neighborhood in 1975). In 2004, in an agreement worked out with the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus, the name Jesuit was dropped, and we became officially known as the JKM Library.