Library Catalogs

Library Catalogs


What is a library catalog?

A library catalog, or OPAC - online public access catalog*, is a database of materials held by the library. Use the OPAC to identify items physically located within the Princeton Theological Seminary Library collection: books, journals, DVDs, etc. Looking for an article? Search one or more databases to find journal articles and other e-resources.

*Online access to the library catalog is provided through the Voyager system from ExLibris Inc. Public terminals for the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) are located in the lobby and at various locations in the Library. The library catalog can also be accessed online. The database may be searched by author, title, subject, journal title, and call number. Some materials may be renewed online. Help screens are available to assist in understanding most functions. With few exceptions, the catalog contains full information on the libraries’ holdings. Patrons are urged to bring inaccuracies or discrepancies to the attention of a member of the staff.

Virtually all of the printed materials in the libraries are shelved by Library of Congress call number. Library of Congress call numbers not only provide a unique identifier for each book, assuring it a particular place on the shelves, but also reflect an effort to order the collection by subject matter. Learn more about the Library of Congress Classification System.