Your Library ID and PIN/password

Library IDs

Current faculty, students, staff: Use your DTS ID number for all library services and transactions including gaining access to databases and borrowing books. Your ID number is printed on your DTS ID card and is also on some official correspondence you receive from DTS such as your letter of acceptance. It is identical to the ID number you use for online registration. Lost your ID card? Get a new one! In the interim, go to the library circulation desk in person, present a photo ID like a driver's license to prove who you are, and library staff will tell you your ID number. For your security, staff will not divulge IDs over the phone.

Alumni: You do not need an ID or password to search BIBLOS, the library catalog, but you may still use your DTS ID number and library PIN to view your personal library account and to gain access to reference databases such as the ATLAS collection of theological journals. See this page for a list of databases you may use, and information about login requirements.

  • Forgot your DTS ID number? It is printed on the mailing label for the DTS Connection (alumni news) and on some other labels. Don't get the Connection? Shame! Contact the alumni department to get your number. Of course if you need the ID number immediately you can always contact the library with proof of your identity. If we already have your email address on file then we will email the ID number to that address.
  • Don't know your PIN? See below.

Visitors, guests, TexShare/courtesy-card users: You do not need an ID or password to search BIBLOS, the library catalog. Use the 14 digit barcode number on your Turpin Library card to view your personal library account (e.g., to determine the due date of items on loan, etc.) Lost your card? Go to the library circulation desk in person, present a photo ID like a driver's license to prove who you are, and library staff will issue a duplicate card. For your security, staff will not divulge IDs over the phone.

Library PINs/passwords

Forgot your PIN? Go to the library circulation desk in person, present a photo ID like a DTS ID card or a driver's license to prove who you are, and library staff will give you a new temporary PIN which you can then change yourself in the "My Account" module of BIBLOS. For your security, library staff will not reassign PINs over the phone.

First time user? Here are three things you need to know about library PINs:

  1. Your library PIN/password is not your online registration PIN/password. Your library account is independent of your main DTS student account. Changing a PIN in the library system will have no impact on the PIN you use for registration, and vice versa.
  2. Your initial or default PIN/password is your last name. Only the first ten characters are used if your last name is longer than 10 characters. Common punctation is retained, for example hyphen (-), straight apostrophe ('), period (.) and space ( ). If your name includes diacritics (such as umlaut, accent, etc.) then contact us for information about your default password. For example:
    Last name Default PIN Note
    Au Au no trailing spaces
    O'Brien O'Brien apostrophe retained
    De Leon De Leon embedded space retained
    St. John St. John period and space retained
    Aland-McMenamy Aland-McMe hyphen retained;
    truncated to 10 characters

    If your library record was created manually, them your initital PIN is "temp".

    Your last name is only an initial/default PIN. You may change the PIN/password. Indeed, the library encourages you to pick a secure and memorable password.

  3. For additional privacy/security, you may use the self-services module of BIBLOS to change your PIN/password at any time. The library encourages you to pick a secure and memorable password. Remember circulation staff cannot see your PIN, but they can change it for you.