The Paul Bechtold Library

Extensive Resources for Study and Research

The Paul Bechtold Library contains 150,000 volumes and receives 500 periodicals, providing resources for study and research by students and faculty members. The library’s holdings include the Weber-Killgallon collection in religious education, and the library collection is particularly strong in materials related to religious orders, religious life, and Franciscan Studies.


CTU’s memberships in the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, Chicago Area Theological Library Association, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), and the I-Share Group Catalog allow library patrons access to other library resources in the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois, and the rest of the nation.


NOTE (April 12, 2018): On-campus users having difficulty accessing databases should try using the methods described in  Alternative Database Access(1). For further assistance, contact Deb Winarski.

Library Hours

Academic Terms
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday 11a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Summer Institute Weeks (June 11-29, 2018)

Monday-Friday  8:30 a.m. – 7:30  p.m.
Weekends: Closed

Summer and Semester Breaks
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Contact Us

The Paul Bechtold Library is located on the fifth floor of Catholic Theological Union’s Academic and Conference Center Building, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago.

The Library Staff is available from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday


For general information, contact:
Paul Bechtold Library
Ph: 773.371.5465


For reference assistance, contact:
Deborah Winarski
Ph: 773.371.5463


Requests for professional services outside of those hours should be directed to Kris Veldheer (, Library Director.

Frances HankinsOffice/Public Services/ILL
Ann HeinrichsMetadata/Cataloging
LaToya ThompsonPublic Services Assistant (Circulation)
Deborah WinarskiElectronic Resources and Instruction