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Welcome to the Calvary Chapel University Library!  It is our goal to connect you to learning resources that support your course of study and that bless you as you pursue the LORD. Learning online is a unique venue and it is important to familiarize yourself with virtual resources and grow in your ability to conduct digital research.

One of our featured resources is the Veritas International University (VIU) digital library – The William E. Nix Electronic Library – TWENEL. Through our partnership with VIU, Calvary Chapel University students and faculty have access to 100,000+ online full-text books, journals articles, video files, MP3, and more. This resource requires login credentials, which are provided through your Populi courseroom.

Additionally, Calvary Chapel University Library is a member of the Association of Christian Librarians. Through this institutional membership, CCU provides access to shared library resources and benefits including Reciprocal Borrowing, which is a cooperative service that allows students to borrow resources from physical library collections in regions across the country. Check it out to find a library near you!

We are always looking for learning resources and open access materials to add to the CCU Library and we are growing our virtual access to collections regularly.

Take a look around the Library and let us know how we can support you.

– Jody Mathias, Director of Library and Learning Resources

The following links are provided as a resource; they do not necessarily constitute an endorsement or approval by Calvary Chapel University. CCU assumes no responsibility for the accuracy, orthodoxy, doctrinal distinctives, or content of external sites. Please send an email to the Director of Library and Learning Resources if you encounter a disabled link or have a concern about content accessible here.

Featured Resources and Collections

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – DOAJ is a community-curated online directory of high-quality, peer-reviewed open access journals. There are over 2,000 full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals from varied subject areas.
  • EBSCOHost Open Dissertations – EBSCO has partnered with research universities and libraries around the world for more than 70 years by providing quality research content. This specific resource is a curated collection of open source theses and dissertations.
  • Atla Historical Monographs Collection: Series 1 and Series 2 (providing historical research on Church History)
  • HathiTrust Digital Library is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world as well as Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft. and member institutions.
  • Reciprocal Borrowing – Reciprocal borrowing is a voluntary program whereby Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) institutions choosing to participate extend in-person borrowing privileges to authorized patrons from other ACL institutions. Patrons, including faculty, students, and staff, have access to the physical collections of participating Christian institutions.
  • TWENEL is a collection of over 100,000 online full-text books, journals articles, video files, MP3, and more. Curated content includes courseical works in history, theology, and religion, a puritan collection, reformation works, and journals in science, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities. (Note: Login information for this resource is available in Populi.)

Library Collections and Resources

  • Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) – DPLA brings together digital collections from a wide variety of libraries in a single platform to provide access to our digitized cultural heritage. For resources specific to scholarly research, review the Scholarly Research Guide to DPLA.
  • Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) – DOAB is a directory of peer reviewed, academic open access books published with the primary aim of increasing discoverability for scholars and students. The site offers a direct search feature or you may browse by title, subject, or author. The Directory of Open Access Books is a service connected to the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.
  • ERIC (Government Site) – ERIC provides access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials with links to full text when available.
  • Great Books Online –, publisher of literature, reference, and collections of verse provides students and researchers free access online.
  • JSTOR – JSTOR is a digital library for scholars, researchers, and students with access to more than 12 million academic journal articlesbooks, and primary sources in 75 disciplines. Create a free account by going to MyJSTOR.
  • JSTOR Early Journal Content – Journal content in JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 worldwide. includes articles published in the arts, humanities, economics, politics, mathematics, and other sciences.

Biblical/Theological Resources

  • Best commentaries – This resource includes 2000+ reviews of Bible commentaries from a broadly conservative view point.
  • Bible Links Bible Gateway – Full text of the Bible in numerous translations
  • Biblos – Reference works, including commentaries, dictionaries, and concordances.z
  • Blue Letter Bible – Bible study software with Greek/Hebrew word tools as well as audio/video messages from Calvary Chapel pastors.
  • Christian Classics Etherial Library – The CCEL contains hundreds of courseic Christian ebooks. Resources in this library are available in a variety of formats and some require a fee .
  • Logos Bible Software – Bible study software, along with an entire line of resources for Christian living
  • New Testament Gateway –  Annotated links on everything connected with the academic study of the New Testament and Christian origins.
  • Net Bible – Online bible study website.
  • Old Testament Gateway –  A comprehensive, annotated, academic directory of internet sites on the Old Testament
  • Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL) – The OADTL is a virtual library curated collection of over 100,000 ebooks and thousands of journals in theology, religious studies, and related disciplines. The OADTL is sponsored by: Claremont School of Theology, Denver Seminary, Evangelical Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Hartford Seminary, International Baptist Theological Study Centre (Amsterdam), Lexington Seminary and Singapore Bible College. Students may use this resource by creating a free account. Find the Digital database Here.
  • Princeton Theological Commons – A digital library comprising over 76,000 books and journal on theology and religion. Theological Commons was developed by the Princeton Theological Seminary in partnership with the Internet Archive.
  • Theological Abbreviations – Dallas Theological Seminary offers help with often complicated footnotes encountered during research. Additional resources are outlined. While the links are to collections within their university, the information can be useful in searching for resources that can be located elsewhere (public libraries, reciprocal borrowing institutions through CCU Library).
  • World-Wide Religious News (WWRN) – WWRN provides the academic community access to up-to-date news on religion from around the world.

Institutional Memberships

CCU partners with other institutions through institutional memberships to bring students and faculty valuable access to materials.

Foundation for the Advancement of Christian Libraries (FACL) a.k.a Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) – The Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) is an influential, vibrant, growing community, that integrates faith, ministry, and academic librarianship through development of members, services, and scholarship. The members of ACL are a diverse group of Christian librarians who serve in universities, colleges, seminaries, public libraries, and schools across the globe. The mission of the Association of Christian Librarians is to strengthen libraries through professional development of evangelical librarians, scholarship, and spiritual encouragement for service in higher education, and to create and promote quality materials and projects for the benefit of libraries.

American Theological Library Association (ATLA) – ATLA is a professional association of over 800 individual, institutional, and affiliate members providing programs, products, and services in support of theological and religious studies libraries and librarians.

  • Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative (CDRI) – The American Theological Library Association and Association of Theological Schools’ collaboration is a repository of digital resources contributed by member libraries. The CDRI database provides access to digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, postcards, manuscripts, lithographs, sermons, shape-note tune books, and various forms of Christian art, architecture, and iconography.