Services for ACD Distance Students

The Adelaide Theological Online Library never closes, so you can access e-books and journal articles when it’s convenient for you. There are a many ways for you to find online resources.

Finding books 

The ATL is affiliated with the Flinders University Library and its catalogue is integrated with their catalogue.

  • To search for items, click on FindIt@Flinders.
  • To find books only held in the ATL Library, select Adelaide Theological Library on the right hand side to limit your results.

Once you’ve found ATL books the Library comes to you

The ATL can post books to students living outside the Adelaide metropolitan area.

We are happy to send items from the ATL Compactus and Main Collections. The loan period for distance students is the same as other students 280 days for 28 day loan items. For more information see our section on Borrowing from the ATL.

  • The ATL will pay for the item(s) to be sent to you. We just ask that you pay for the return postage.
  • Requests can be made by emailing library staff or phone (08) 8416 8416.
  • Books and articles not held by the Adelaide Theological Library or the Flinders University Libraries may be obtained from other libraries at a cost. For ACD patrons the Document Delivery services will be charged at the standard rate (generally $16.50 per item).

Electronic Books

The ATL subscribes to over 4,000 eBooks via two main collections. Books are easy to find, can be read online or downloaded offline. If you know the name of the book you can search for it via the Findit@Flinders Catalogue or search via the links below.

  • Proquest eBook Collection – Help Guide
  • EBSCO eBook Collection and EBSCO eBook Religion Collection – Help Guide 
  • Oxford Religion Handbooks Onlineis a collection of 113 peer reviewed electronic handbooks on Religious issues. The collection contains in-depth research and high-level articles by scholars at the top of their field. Oxford Handbooks is one of the most prestigious and successful strands of Oxford’s scholarly publishing. Click here for the complete list of titles. For more information: 
  • Oxford Very Short Introductions – Religion Collectionoffers short original introductions to a wide range of religious subjects. Each eBook is written by experts in a given field to provide key points, facts, analysis and insights on topics. The books are an excellent resource to develop your core understanding on a given subject. The Religion subject area offers access to 70 key eBook introductions from ‘Abrahamic Religions’ to ‘Zionism’. Click here for the complete list of titles. For more information:

NB To access electronic resources you will be required to ‘authenticate’ using

  • your ACD student number (eg ACD12345) and leave the password blank

Additional eBook Links


NOTE: If the Links don’t open to the individual commentaries, please click on the BROWSE tab and click on the entry that way.

Finding Articles 

For ACD Students, finding articles is best done via the ATL Databases and Journal pages. These cover quality resources in the area of theology. For more information visit those pages.

Other ways of finding articles are:

  • via the Findit@Flinders catalogue. Even though you will find many articles on the Flinders Catalogue, unless you are a Flinders student you won’t be able to open them. Remember you will only be able to open those that are have the message “Access only available to Theology students and Adelaide Theological Library patrons.”
  • Google Scholar Searches across many disciplines and sources for scholarly literature including articles, theses, books and abstracts.
  • Subject Guides provide information on the best resources in our collection on a given topic. They also offer Open Access Resources links which can be useful for finding articles.

Still confused? Or need help finding articles?

Why not book a personalised Training session with an ATL Librarian? We are always happy to help our students with their studies. You can send us an email or phone us on (08) 8416 8416.

Need Writing or Referencing Help?

  1. Refer to the ACD Assignment Guide 2022 for information on writing assignments, research skills and referencing.
  2. Contact Rev Dr Kevin Sarlow at Kevin visits the ATL every Wednesday afternoon and is happy to contact distance students via Zoom or Skype.