ETSC has a physical library of some 73,000 books in English and Arabic and provides its students with access to digital libraries (books and journals) in English.
The ETSC library contains some 73,000 books and reference works, in addition to a collection of academic journals and a few cassette tapes and CDs. These are mainly in Arabic and English. The Arabic section contains a large number and variety of books on theological studies, classical books, and other books in different fields. The English section features numerous rare books on the history and mission of the church, especially in Egypt.
Locations: At the Cairo campus, the library collection is divided over four locations:
Moreover, there are four daughter libraries in the ETSC centers in Alexandria, Minya, Asyut, and Sohag.
Catalog: In the online library catalog: etsc.org/lib, one can easily see which book can be found at which location.
Reading and borrowing:
Opening hours: The main library is open from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday. During the semesters, hours may be extended till 9pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The library is closed for public holidays and for Christmas and Easter breaks. In summer, access may sometimes be limited because of the library inventory. For access to the other library locations, contact the library for up-to-date opening hours.
Donations: The ETSC library accepts book gifts from personal libraries or publishers through coordination with the head librarian.
Contact: 02-26825680, extension 1702; from outside Egypt: +20-2-26825680, extension 1702
ETSC provides its students with access to the following two digital libraries:
Unfortunately, ETSC is not allowed to provide access to the Global Digital Theological Library or JSTOR to graduates, visitors, and others who are not currently studying or working at ETSC.
Moreover, ETSC refers students and others to the following two digital libraries to which one can register for free:
– Ebscohost: Complete Academic Search database (journals)
– SAGE (journals)
– ProQuest (theses and dissertations)
Note that the Egyptian Knowledge Bank is only accessible from inside Egypt.