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Reference Desk

Ask a librarian: chat (below) or or 510-649-2501 or visit us at the reference desk!

NOTE: Please contact the circulation desk for help with your library card or account, to renew items, to place holds/recalls, to reserve study rooms, and to check on library services and hours. or (510) 649-2500. This phone number is answered all of the library's open hours.

Available 24/7: Our Guides and Tutorials!

GTU Regular Semester Reference hours:
Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:30am - 4pm
Tues, Thurs: 8:30am - 6pm
Saturday: 1pm - 4pm

SFTS Regular Semester Reference hours:
Mon. - Fri.: 9am - 4:30pm

Hours will vary for holidays, summer, and breaks.


  1. Locate a specific fact, or answer a specific question
  2. Find a particular book, journal, journal article, video, slide set, or audio tape
  3. Find materials on a particular topic
  4. Provide basic instruction on research skills such as finding journal articles, searching for books, or how to use Biblical reference tools
  5. Assist in using electronic research tools, such as the ATLA Religion Database
  6. Suggest additional avenues for researching a topic
  7. Submit Interlibrary Loan requests (Note: These may take 2 weeks or more. You will be contacted when the requested book or materials arrive.)
  8. Approve format and paper for thesis and dissertation
  9. Request materials from Special Collections and Archives

Contact Us:

Telephone during scheduled hours: 510-649-2501
Ask a Librarian Form Note: Do not use the form for renewals, SFTS/GTU item requests, holds, or recalls. Instead call the circulation department at 510-649-2500.