S. Joy Niswander Library

Higher education for a higher purpose

Visitors are welcome! The Elim Library is available for research, to view archives, use reference resources, check out books, or relax and study in a 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. Access to the Internet is available on library computers. The building also contains convenient wireless Internet access. A copy machine is located in the office area of the library and is available during open hours.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday
1:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday – Saturday
1:00 PM – 5:00 pm

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Library Contact Info
phone: (585) 582-8220
fax: (585) 582-8130
email: librarian@elim.edu

The S. Joy Niswander Library 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.


Library catalog

The library catalog is accessible to students through Elim’s online 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. 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.



EBSCO is a worldwide leader in providing information through print and electronic journal subscription services, research database and e-journals. EBSCO has served the library and business communities for more than 60 years.

Christian History Institute

Christian Library Journal

Christian-based reviews

DOAJ (Directory of Open-Access Journals)

DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Google Scholar

Access to scholarly resources through Google

Public ERIC Database

The ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) Institute of Education Sciences offers a limited open-access public site for research within their database.



University students, scholars, and librarians rely on ProQuest for research of virtually all topics from diverse perspectives. Content from 90,000 authoritative sources along with robust discovery tools provide rewarding search results.

Archives: Internet Library

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

Asbury Seminary Academic Books

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.

DOAB (Directory of Open-Access Books)

Free access to “8,739 academic peer-reviewed books and chapters from 224 publishers” can be found here.

Evangelical Church Library Association

A great place for Christian book reviews

Google Books

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

Gutenberg Project

The Gutenberg Project provides free access to 50,000+ ebooks available for download.

HathiTrust Digital Library

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

OAPEN (Open-Access Publishing in European Networks)

The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences. OAPEN works with publishers to build a quality controlled collection of open access books, and provides services for publishers, libraries and research funders in the areas of deposit, quality assurance, dissemination, and digital preservation.

Virtual Theological Library Project/NTSLibrary

NTSLibrary – Online Christian Library is regularly updated and is non-denominational, representing a diverse selection of theological positions for the purpose of providing the reader with information on different positions which may challenge our thinking on an existing position and thereby lead, through study, to a more educated understanding.

Wesleyan Holiness Digital Library

It is sponsored by the Nazarene church. There are resources in multiple languages.


Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies

Asia Pacific Theological Seminary is a cooperative ministry of the Assemblies of God national churches of Asia, Pacific Oceania, and the Assemblies of God World Missions-USA. A multi-national Board of Directors representing these various entities governs the school. The faculty and administration of APTS are also multi-national.

Christian History Magazine

Select an issue to see the table of contents, read available articles, download a PDF, purchase a printed copy in our store, or subscribe to receive future issues.

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.

Free Journals Online

Click to see a compiled list made possible through John Jaeger and DBU Vance Memorial Library of open-access journals available online .

Relevant Magazine


WORLD offers hard-hitting, truth-telling, uniquely Christian worldview reporting that stands in stark contrast to the mainstream media in these confusing, chaotic days.


Deriving Intervals

Ear Master


Music Theory for Musicians

Music Theory Fundamentals

Music Theory-Intervals

Music Theory Lessons

Oscar Vandillen Basic Music Theory



Early Christian Writings

Browse by range of dating or by category: New Testament, Apocrypha, Gnostics, Church Fathers


Resume Examples

Resume Genius

Resume Templates


Bible Atlas

Bible Atlas Online

Separated among Old and New Testament periods

Biblical Maps/Atlases

Readers of the Bible quickly recognize that the number of place names and locations mentioned in the text — most of them unfamiliar — is stupefying. The geographical references range eastward as far as India and westward to Spain. Between these limits, the Middle East itself contains numerous states, cities, villages, mountains, rivers … many of the names have changed from century to century. Thus, in order to have a grasp of what is happening in a particular text, it is extremely helpful to have a set of maps, so that you can follow the narrative in your mind’s eye.


Bible Dictionaries

Bible Hub

Blue Letter Bible

Bryan College

Bible Study Resources built by Bryan College

Concordance Use

A brief tutorial on how to use a concordance

Concordance and Lexicon


This link to a basic and free database installation includes the King James Version, King James Version w/ Strong’s numbers, Strong’s dictionary, and the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge cross-references.

An Encyclopedia of Biblical Christianity

Got Questions?

“With over 5,400 answers to frequently asked Bible questions published online, approximately 80% of the questions we are asked already have answers available to you instantly. We offer several options for finding the answers to your questions.”

Greek New Testament

The SBL edition is available as a download.

New Testament Timeline

Spanish-Language Theological Resources


Campus Target

Half a world away there are millions of university students who have never heard of Jesus. That’s a problem. Join our team, live in a major Asian city, make new friends, and share the gospel with university students. Be the solution.


Free language-building app

International Studies Association

The International Studies Association is one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations dedicated to understanding international, transnational and global affairs. Founded in 1959, its more than 7,000 members span the globe – comprising academics, practitioners, policy experts, private sector workers and independent researchers, among others. The Association has long served as a central hub for the exchange of ideas and for networking and programmatic initiatives among those involved in the study, teaching and practice of International Studies.

Language Zen

Free language-building app

Mission Nexus

Missio Nexus engages people who serve within the Great Commission with ideas, events, and resources which propel the gospel around the world.

Voice of the Martyrs

The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is a nonprofit, interdenominational missions organization, that offers practical and spiritual help to persecuted Christians around the world. https://www.mnnonline.org/mission_groups/voice-of-the-martyrs-usa/

World Hope International

World Hope International is a Christian relief and development organization working with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering and injustice.



Barna Group provides spiritual influencers with credible knowledge and clear thinking, enabling them to navigate a complex and changing culture.

Pew Report

Statistics Vocabulary Overview

World Map

Curious about the religious make-up of the world? Check out the latest color-coded demographics here.

World Religions Chart

World Income Distribution


Turabian video lesson

View this presentation of Turabian formatting by our very own Elizabeth Ose.


For easy formation of footnotes and bibliographies, use eturabian. For even easier use, be sure to have the ISBN available!

Boolean and Google Search Operators

You can use search operators and other punctuation to get more specific search results.



Grammarly is a powerful grammar, vocabulary, and spelling checker. Be sure to download it on Chrome and choose the extension option so that all your writing (papers, emails, . . .) seamlessly are double-checked.

Son of Citation Machine

Citation Machine assists in generating citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formats.

Turabian Citation Assistance

This website is intended to assist you in properly citing resources according to Kate L. Turabian ‘A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations’ 8th and 7th editions, ‘Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association’ 6th edition and ‘MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers’ 7th edition. It is not intended to serve as a substitute for these manuals.


This is an unabashedly practical guide for the student fact-checker. It supplements generic information literacy with the specific web-based techniques that can get you closer to the truth on the web more quickly.


A free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

Summit Worldview Dictionary

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.

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