The S. Joy Niswander Library was established in 1924, and contains approximately 30,000 physical holdings within the facility. 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 within the library.

EBSCO, Christian Classics Ethereal Library, Christianity Today and Google Books

EBSCO Host with its additional 1.8 million resources available through our subscription to the ATLA Serials collection, as well as links to Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL), Christianity Today and Google Books allow Elim library users to access exponentially more resources through the Web.


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 our reference resources, 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 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.

Enter EBSCO Now

For “off-campus” students, EBSCO can be logged into by using the following username and password:

  • Username: elim
  • Password: 7245ebi

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.

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.

Google Books

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

Litany: (Library Institutions Theological Association of
New York)

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