Jamison Library

Jamison Library contributes to the achievement of the mission and goals of Southern Evangelical Seminary by serving curricular and information needs of the faculty, students, and staff in accordance with the mission of the seminary.

Email: [email protected] | Phone: 704-847-5600

Contact Library Staff

Dr. Robert Mayer

Director of Library Services
[email protected]

Dr. Joel Paulus

Director of Research
Adjunct Professor of Theology
[email protected]

Matt Wasielewski

Library Technologist
[email protected]

Library Resources

Digital Theological Library (DTL2)

The Digital Theological Library (DTL2) is a co-owned, born‐digital library of electronic books, journals, and other resources. This new resource will provide virtual access to a significantly larger library, plus digital copies and upgraded volumes of many volumes currently located in our libraries. DTL academic content includes over 620,000 eBooks, over 160 databases, over 35,000 journal titles, and over 11,000 hours of counseling & psychology eVideos.

The library team works with the DTL to continually add new books, journals, and research materials to this massive electronic collection. With each new semester, we add new textbooks and academic sources to the collection, meaning that the DTL is constantly updated. If you cannot find a book in the DTL2 collection, contact the library staff and we will do our best to add that to the DTL2 collection. If we can’t, we’ll find another way to get what you need for your research.

Access Instructions:

  • SES students can access the DTL2 by logging in with your first initial, last name, and a 2-digit number for the year you enrolled. For example: jsmith20. You will use your populi password to complete your log in.
  • Faculty will log in using their first initial, last name, and their password.
  • If you experience any technical issues, please reach out to the online education department at [email protected] for assistance.


Important Note: The seminary uses a shared username and password for use by students/faculty/staff. The username/password can be found on the Library Canvas site.
EBSCOhost Databases

ATLA Religion Database

The premier index of articles, reviews, and essays in all fields of religion and theology, and offers significant breadth and depth of subject areas and languages covered. More than 2,500 journal titles in total.

Atlas Plus

Includes more than 670+ full-text journals in many diverse areas of religion and theology, with full-text content in more than 20 languages from more than 35 different countries.

New Testament Abstracts

More than 86,000 records with abstracts of articles, reviews, and and book summaries. Coverage areas include: New Testament in general, Gospels-Acts, Epistles-Revelation, Biblical Theology and the World of the New Testament

Old Testament Abstracts

More than 73,500 records with Abstracts of articles, essays, and more than 10,200 book summaries. Coverage areas include: Antiquities, archaeology, biblical theology, and philology

Philosopher’s Index

The Philosopher’s Index is the premiere bibliographic database covering worldwide research in all subject areas of philosophy. It contains works on philosophy from both philosophy and interdisciplinary sources. There are author-written abstracts for most records. The global database contains more than 680,000 records with source publications from 139 countries in 37 languages. The primary languages are English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Primary coverage spans from 1940 to present with additional records dating back to 1893.

Jamison Library Collections

Library Online Catalog

The library houses approximately 10,000 print volumes including reference works, the Norman L. Geisler and Philip Johnson special collections, and an “SES Apologetics Collection” that contains several hundred volumes related to Christian apologetics and the history of apologetics. Books from the Apologetics collection are available for borrowing either at the library during operating hours or by email request to either Dr. Mayer or Dr. Paulus at their SES email addresses.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Email us at [email protected] for ILL requests. Physical item requests are permitted for items not owned by the library. ILL items can be picked up from the library or mailed to you. Book chapter and article scans can be requested using this process with delivery to an email address.

Atla Reciprocal Borrowing Program

The Atla Reciprocal Borrowing Program creates an arrangement between participating Atla Institutional Members and Affiliate Candidate Libraries to grant check-out privileges to each other’s patrons/students. A patron/student walks into a participating library, shows proof of current enrollment at another participating library, and checks out materials based on its local lending policies.

Open Access Collections

Open Access Digital Theological Library

Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL) is an online repository of “high-quality content in religious studies and related disciplines from publisher websites, institutional repositories, scholarly societies, archives, and stable public domain collections.”

Cambridge Digital Library

“Cambridge University Library contains evidence of some of the greatest ideas and discoveries over two millennia. We want to make our collections accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection and a thirst for knowledge.” —Anne Jarvis, University Librarian The Foundations of Faith Collections and the Foundations of Science Collections are of relevance to our curriculum.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

A digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books selected for edification and education.

Post-Reformation Digital Library

The Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL) is a select database of digital books relating to the development of theology and philosophy during the Reformation and Post-Reformation/Early Modern Era (late 15th-18th c.). Late medieval and patristic works printed and referenced in the early modern era are also included.

Research in Ministry

Research in Ministry® (RIM®) indexes and abstracts projects and theses from over 100 Doctor of Ministry (DMin), Doctor of Missiology (DMiss) and Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin) programs accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).


The Education Resources Information Center provides unlimited access to more than 1.4 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials, with hundreds of new records added multiple times per week. If possible, links to full text in Adobe PDF format are included.

Google Books

Search the latest index of the world’s books. Find millions of great books you can preview or read for free.


The Theological Research Exchange Network (TREN) is a library of over 19,998 theological thesis/dissertation titles representing research from as many as 132 different institutions.


PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by a community of philosophers. PhilPapers hosts the largest open-access archive in philosophy, containing 2,710,424 entries categorized in 5,845 categories.


BASE is one of the world’s most voluminous search engines especially for academic web resources. BASE provides more than 240 million documents from more than 8,000 content providers. You can access the full texts of about 60% of the indexed documents for free (Open Access). BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library.


JURN is a  search tool to find free academic articles and books. JURN utilizes the Google search engine but focuses your query through a hand-crafted and curated index.

Library Canvas Page & Course E-Reserves

The Library Canvas Page provides key information about library service, collections, and access instructions to the DTL2 and EBSCOhost.

Course E-Reserves provide links to eBook versions of required and recommended textbooks.