Alumni of Virginia Theological Seminary can take advantage of a range of resources and services at the Bishop Payne Library. The library offers support for your ongoing ministry and research. All alumni automatically remain in the library system.

Visit the Library

Alumni are welcome to make use of the library space for personal study or research. The newly renovated Bishop Payne Library building provides an inviting context for theological exploration. There are a variety of study areas across the building's three floors conducive to reading or writing. WiFi is available throughout the library. There is limited parking outside the library on Wilmer Lane. No parking passes are required for day visits.

Questions? Email or call 703.461.1733 during regular business hours.

Alumni have library privileges, though they differ from student privileges. The same ID and library barcode used as a student will carry over for alumni. If you've misplaced your library barcode, email and a library staff member will set you up with a new one.

Physical Books

Alumni can borrow up to 5 books at a time, for a loan period of 4 weeks. Locate books in the VTS Library Catalog >

Shipping Books

Alumni (in the United States) may request to have print books shipped to their home or work address. The Bishop Payne Library will pay for outgoing shipping costs via UPS, and alumni are responsible for return shipping costs. Please note that items may be recalled for use by another member of the VTS community, and may require prompt return. Most print materials in the library catalog can be borrowed this way.

Email with your name, address, and the call number for the material you'd like to borrow. A library staff member will reply to your request.

Please return any materials to this address:

Bishop Payne Library
3737 Seminary Rd, PMB#159
Alexandria, VA  22304

Renewing Books

Books may be renewed from My Account > Login using your last name and library barcode to view or renew the materials you've borrowed. You may also renew materials by emailing or by calling the library, (703) 461-1733.

The Bishop Payne Library offers limited e-resource access to alumni. Alumni access to resources within the library's collection is controlled by licensing with publishers and vendors. The library is excited to offer alumni access to the collections below.

NOTE: Depending on the database, Alumni will need to authenticate using either a special username and password or their library borrower's card credentials (last name and library barcode).

ATLA Religion Databases

The primary database for journal articles in the field of religion, and it includes access to the same range of scholarship that alumni were familiar with as students.

Alumni need to authenticate using a special username and password. Please email for these credentials.

ProQuest eBook Central

A general collection of eBooks curated by the Bishop Payne Library.

Alumni will need to authenticate using their library card credentials (last name and library barcode).


The library is pleased to make available popular lectionary commentaries to alumni. These series are available in eBook format for alumni through Proquest. These resources are organized by the liturgical year and correspond to each week's lectionary readings (e.g. Year B, Second Week of Lent). See the descriptions below.

To access these resources, you will need your VTS library barcode. Email if you need a new one.

Feasting on the Word (12 vols)

This ecumenical series provides commentary based on the lectionary readings each week. Commentary is provided from theological, pastoral, exegetical, and homiletical perspectives.

Feasting on the Gospels (7 vols)

This series is related to Feasting on the Word, but goes much more in-depth with each week's gospel readings. Again, each reading is considered from theological, pastoral, exegetical, and homiletical perspectives.

Connections: A Lectionary Commentary (7 vols)

The Connections series is another ecumenical lectionary commentary published as an update to the Feasting on the Word series. This series aims to provide practical commentary by "connecting" each week's texts both to the rest of scripture and to contemporary life (e.g. via fiction, film, ethics, or cultural issues).