LBC | Capital’s Library Goes Global

by Madalyn Kiser (’22)

February 7, 2022


Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School is becoming an even bigger player in the world of global education through a new library partnership with the Association of Christian Libraries (ACL). This relationship gives LBC | Capital students, both on-campus and online, the opportunity to have even more materials at their fingertips.

Students can access the resources at partnering libraries throughout the United States and a few participating libraries in Canada. This exciting opportunity allows for LBC | Capital to better equip its students.

Below, Director of Library Services Dr. Mark Draper shares more about ACL and what it offers LBC | Capital students.

LBC | CAPITAL: What is the Association of Christian Libraries?

DR. MARK DRAPER: The Association of Christian Libraries is a professional librarian association that focuses on Christian librarians. ACL helps to develop professional development opportunities as well as consortium pricing on resources for member libraries.

LBC: What opportunities does ACL offer LBC | Capital students? 

MD: Due to our partnership with ACL, any Lancaster Bible College student in California, for example, could use the physical library of a participating member.  This means a student who does not live near our campuses can have access to physical materials not just the electronic resources offered by the LBC library.

LBC: What is the first step for students who wish to use the ACL program?

MD: LBC | Capital students will need to acquire a form from the Charles & Gloria Jones Library (housed on LBC’s Lancaster campus), which will give them permission to use one of the ACL libraries. Students can complete this form by going to libanswers.com/form.

Dr. Mark DraperLBC: Besides ACL, what other resources does the library provide to students at LBC? 

MD: Aside from our relationship with ACL, we also have a similar relationship with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association, which provides access to 16 different regional libraries for LBC | Capital students. Also, students can request books from around the country through Inter-Library Loan, and of course, there is our ever-growing eBooks and electronic resources which provides students with 24/7 access to the library.

LBC: Where can students go to learn more about ACL and how to use it?

MD: Any student interested in using ACL or curious on learning more information about this program can go to libguides.lbc.edu.

Did you know that with a combined total of over 500,000 items, the Charles & Gloria Jones Library comprises one of the largest among Bible colleges worldwide?

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