The JKM Library is currently closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our book drop is located in the LSTC lobby, so you can return JKM and I-Share materials without the inconvenience of signing in; wearing a mask, however, is required to enter the building. The LSTC lobby is open:

Monday through Friday: 7:45 am to 8 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am to 8 pm
Sunday: Closed

You also have the option of returning materials to the library via UPS or USPS. We strongly encourage you to request confirmation of delivery if you return materials via USPS. Our address is:

JKM Library/Circulation Dept.
1100 E. 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60615

No JKM or I-Share materials will be discharged until such time as the library reopens and I-Share deliveries resume at an as-yet unspecified date.

University of Chicago libraries are not accepting book returns or mail deliveries. Please do not return University of Chicago items to the JKM book drop as we cannot guarantee their delivery.

The JKM Library will be accessible only by library staff during fall semester 2020. While the physical library may be inaccessible to our users, the JKM Library staff will continue to fulfill its mission by meeting the research needs of McCormick and LSTC faculty and students. More information is available here.

Primo and OpenAthens

On Wednesday 24 June 2020 we (along with the other 88 I-Share libraries) migrated to Primo, a new online catalog which will look and function very differently from our former system (Voyager). Migrating to a new system is always challenging and invariably fraught with problems, and library staff ask for your patience as we move forward in the migration process. Some functions are present but not working properly, need activating, or need to be deactivated.  OpenAthens, our new authetication system, will be up and running in the near future. Our sincerest hope is that our migration to Primo enhances your research once all functions are operating correctly. Questions? comments? write us at

About the library
About the library

The JKM Library serves the students, faculty and staff of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and McCormick Theological Seminary. The JKM in our name was — from 1975 to 2004 — an initialism for Jesuit-Krauss-McCormick: Jesuit from the Jesuit School of Theology, which closed in 1981; Krauss from the Krauss Library, the original name of the merged collection when LSTC moved to Hyde Park in 1967; and McCormick for McCormick Theological Seminary, which joined the Jesuits and LSTC in the Hyde Park neighborhood in 1975). In 2004, in an agreement worked out with the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus, the name Jesuit was dropped, and we became officially known as the JKM Library.