S. Joy Niswander Library

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The S. Joy Niswander Library of EBI&C was established in 1924. Within the facility is a comprehensive collection of approximately 30,000 physical holdings including books, audio and visual media, journals, and an archival collection of the establishment of Elim and early Pentecostalism. Additionally, online links to resources such as EBSCO’s ATLAS Religious Database comprise another 1.8+ million professional journal articles, book reviews, and digitized Christian classics, all supporting the Associate in Applied Science in Biblical and Theological Studies. In keeping with the mission of Elim, the Library is committed to providing a strong base of information literacy skills, research services, and the professional support necessary to equip students to be the confident and effective, ministering servant-leaders of this generation.

Library Catalog

The library catalog is accessible online through EBI&C’s college management system, Populi. Students, staff, and faculty may renew or place holds on books, write reviews and recommendations, see what has been checked out, and access our digital collection. 


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 and is available during open hours. Black and white copies are $.10 per page. Please, see the librarian or staff to make copies.


Visitors are welcome! The EBI&C Library is available for all to do research, view archives, use our reference resources, check out books at the circulation desk, or relax and study in our quiet, comfortable environment. The librarian and staff are available for instruction in using the catalog program installed on the computers and assisting with research needs.

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


EBI&C subscribes to the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Religion Database, providing electronic access to over 1.8 million resources. Basic browsing is available as well as several advanced search modes and limiters for refining and retrieving specific records.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

The mission of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) is to build up the church by making classic Christian literature widely available and promoting its use for edification and study by interested Christians, seekers and scholars. The CCEL accomplishes this by selecting, collecting, distributing, and promoting valuable literature through the World Wide Web and other media. www.ccel.org

Christianity Today

Full text access is given to back-dated editions of Christianity Today, Books & Culture, Christian History & Biography, Leadership Journal, and Re:generation Quarterly as well as full volume titles though LeadershipBooks, a collection of over 50 high-quality volumes from seven major Leadership book series. www.ctlibrary.com/lebooks

Google Books

Search the latest index of the world’s books, many of which you can preview or read for free. books.google.com