Library debuts eBook databases for spring semester

A student leaves the John T. Christian Library on the main campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

The John T. Christian Library has debuted a new service for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary students, regardless of where they are based. Whether on the main campus, working from an extension center, or studying online anywhere in the world, students may now search for, save, read online or print eBooks from Ebscohost, Ebrary, OverDrive, ProQuest and Christian Periodical Index.

“At one time, we’re rolling out over 130,000 eBooks,” said Jeff Griffin, dean of libraries and associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at NOBTS.

In many cases, students will be able to search for and download entire books or journal articles from the databases to a tablet, computer or smartphone. Sometimes, depending on the publisher, students may only be able to view some resources online. Regardless, Griffin said, the new service puts a wealth of scholarly research at the student’s fingertips.

“This is a doctoral student’s dream,” Griffin said.

The Ebscohost database includes an eBook Academic Collection with 120,000 volumes, with significant research in the areas of biblical studies, psychology and philosophy. Ebscohost also offers the American Theological Library Association’s religion database and indices focused on psychology and sociology. Ebrary’s database of eBooks is focused on psychology and social work.

OverDrive eBooks focus on subjects like apologetics, Christian education, church history, evangelism, hermeneutics, preaching, women’s studies, etc. ProQuest provides full-text downloads of doctoral dissertations, indexed music journals from more than 20 countries, and more than 140 journals. The Christian Periodical Index features bibliographic access to articles and reviews from more than 130 publications.

Access to these resources is restricted to NOBTS students, faculty and staff. For logon information, students may contact the John T. Christian Library, with a valid student ID number, by email at For more information about the library, go online to