Library Frequently Asked Questions

1. How to change my library membership password?

2. How do I renew my loan items?


  1. Click on “Search Catalogue” on the top menu bar at
  2. Click on “Loan Activities” on the left hand menu of the new window.

3. How to access full-text journal articles?

Send an e-mail to to request for your user id and password. Upon receiving the info:

  • Launch BGST website:
  • Select “Search Catalogue”
  • Select “BSCO HOST” icon on the bottom left Menu.
  • Key in the user id and password and login.
  • Key-in search terms and you may in Limit Your Result section select Full-Text.

4. How do I access ATLA and ATLAS database?

Ans. Request to access ATLA and ATLAS databases through EBSCO Host aggregator by sending an email to

When you receive your user id and password, goto, select “Search Catalogue” from the top menu bar. Select “EBSCO Host” icon from the bottom left of the search catalogue window. Key in your user id and password and select LOGIN in the new window.

5. What is ATLA? What is ATLAS? What is EBSCO Host?

EBSCO Host is an application of EBSCO Publishing. They are an arregator of premium full-text content. EBSCO Publishing’s core business is providing online databases via EBSCOhost to libraries worldwide.

ATLA stands for the American Theological Library Association Religion Index. They contain citations of many Christian journals. Catholic Periodical Index is another similar database.

ATLAS stands for the American Theological Library Association Serials. This is a subset of ATLA and contains full-text journal articles of some of those journals that are index in ATLA.

6. How to go about searching for journal articles?

There are a number of ways you can go about doing this.

  1. If you are searching for articles in a particular journal, start with the
    BGST periodical compilation or the OPAC
  2. Identify if the journal title is listed in ATLAS (American Theological Library Association) Religion Index Serials hosted by EBSCO Host. If so, proceed to use EBSCO Host to check for volume and issue number availability and proceed to view the full-text articles.
  3. If it is not available in full-text, proceed to note the citation from the index, taking information such as year, volume, no., title and author.
  4. Then check if the journal, year, volume and number are available in BGST. If available go to the shelves to browse these articles.
  5. If not available, check the other institutions listed in the BGST periodical compilation. If available seek the library staff advice on how to proceed to the institution to view the articles.

The above is a brief reply. For assistance, please seek our friendly library staff for advice.