The S. Joy Niswander Library was established in 1924, and contains over 32,000 holdings and 181 journal titles. Small collections within the library contain videos, DVD’s, materials devoted to Pentecostalism, with a collection of the Higher Christian Life, a reprint of early Pentecostal literature. We have some rare early Pentecostal resources such as “Trust” (a magazine printed by the Rochester Bible Training School in the early 1900’s), “The Elim Pentecostal Heralds,” and “Latter Rain Evangel,” which are also available on CD. The library also has a collection available on CD of rare sermons by the founder and other early instructors of Elim Bible Institute, as well as books, memorabilia, and notes on the Genesee Wesleyan Seminary. Collection strengths include Bible commentaries, theology, Holy Spirit, prayer, church history, discipleship, missions, pastoral theology, homiletics, and Christian biography.

Library Catalog

The library catalog is accessible online. Students, staff and faculty may access a more full-featured library catalog by logging in to Populi, then accessing the Library link within Populi. Once logged in, you may place holds on books, write reviews and recommendations, see what you’ve currently checked out, and more.

Books In Circulation

Occasionally, there may be a restriction on the number of books checked out due to high demand.

Current Periodicals

EBI subscribes to a wide selection of periodicals. Back-dated issues are stored in the basement level of the library. EBSCO Host and Christianity Today are periodicals that are available for online use.


Access to the Internet is available on Library computers. The building also contains convenient wireless Internet access for those with laptops or mobile devices.

Photocopy Machine

A copy machine is located in the office area of the library. Copies are $.10 per page. See Librarians to make copies.


Welcome! The Elim Library is available for all to do research, view archives, use the Reference room, check out books at the circulation desk, or relax and study in our quiet, comfortable environment. The librarians are available for instruction in using the catalog program installed on the computers & helping with research materials.

Copyright Information

The Elim Bible Institute and College Library acknowledges and adheres to the copyright law of the United States and the fair use of copyrighted resources as mentioned in Section 107 of Title 17 of the United States Code. This law permits the reproduction of multiple copies for teaching, classroom and academic research use under certain circumstances. The students, staff and faculty are required to follow the law regarding copyright, and Elim Library provides assistance and guidance regarding the use of copyrighted resources.

Associations & Links

Litany: (Library Institutions Theological Association of New York)

An association of Libraries and librarians in upstate New York that is devoted to the promotion of theological librarianship and collaboration for the sake of enhancing the services and collections of its member libraries.


EBSCO is a worldwide leader in providing information access and management solutions through print and electronic journal subscription services, research database development and production, online access to more than 150 databases and thousands of e-journals, a full-featured OpenUrl link resolver, and e-commerce book procurement. EBSCO has been serving the library and business communities for more than 60 years.

ATLASerials™ Religion Collection offers links to the full text of over 153,700 electronic articles and book reviews, from more than seventy journals selected by leading religion scholars in the United States. This database is produced by the American Theological Library Association.

To access EBSCO, click here. (You must be on an EBI&C campus internet connection for the link to work).

Christianity Today

Access to magazines such as “Books and Culture,” “Christian History and Biography,” “Leadership,” and “Re:Generation,” and over 50 books on Leadership.