Library Resources and Services for Distance Students

The mission of the Carey S. Thomas Library is to make learning materials available to all students, no matter whether they are taking courses on-campus or off-campus.

The Carey S. Thomas Library of Denver Seminary provides applicable resources and services for Denver Seminary students designated as distance students. (Distance Students are defined as those students enrolled ONLY in Denver Seminary online classes  Delivery of library materials to distance students may take the form of: (1) E-mail, where journal articles, chapters, or essays are scanned and e-mailed to students; (2) Mail, where library materials are shipped directly to U.S. based students residing more than 50 miles from Denver.

Resources and Services

Library Card Application

Library accounts are available free of charge for all Denver Seminary students. Distance/Global students should complete the application form and choose the CST Library - Denver location.  After submitting the online application, please send an   to the library indicating your application has been completed. Please include your student ID, your contact information, and a headshot photo of yourself.


All Denver Seminary are eligible to borrow any e-books available through Denver Seminary and the Carey S. Thomas Library. Generally, e-books are available for a 7 day checkout.


The library has a limited number of Kindle EReaders (preloaded with Reserve materials.)  They are available for 2 week checkout for distance students and require a signed loan agreement before shipping. Email us if you have any questions.

Denver Seminary Library Materials 

Distance Students may borrow up to 26 books from the library for up to six weeks at a time. These may include 2 items from the reserve collection (Reserve items may only be checked out for a period of two weeks.)  All books will be shipped to the student via UPS (United Parcel Service) which will be paid by the library.  All books must be returned via UPS paid by the student. To request materials from the Library's collection, send an email to  .  Include your name, address, student ID and the title, author and publication year of the item(s) in your email.

Interlibrary Loan

Distance Students may utilize Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services offered by the Carey S. Thomas Library. Distance students should access the ILL web page and fill out ILL form for journal article requests, making sure to choose “Distance Student” in the affiliation field of the form.  Distance students are encouraged to use their local library to borrow books that Denver Seminary Library does not own due to the delay and costs involved in shipping items to and from the patron and multiple libraries.  Distance students can usually eliminate shipping fees and receive their materials much faster by utilizing their local public libraries for ILL. However, ILL requests for books will be filled if the student has no local ILL options available to them.

Online databases

All students are eligible to access any electronic database available through Denver Seminary and Carey S. Thomas Library.  Remote access to electronic databases will be provided to all registered students through the use of the Remote Access usernames and passwords.

Reference Assistance

Need to contact a reference librarian? Call 303-762-6961 or send an email to  .


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