The ABMC provides on-site access to its film and digital holdings for qualified scholars, which is defined as any person with sufficient knowledge of the relevant languages.

Interlibrary Loan Guidelines
All microfilm and microfiche images of manuscripts are loaned to individuals through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department of an accredited library with which they are affiliated. This may be a university library or a public library. Loans cannot be made directly to individuals. The lending library is the Claremont School of Theology Library (OCLC symbol: CST). Requests can be through the OCLC ILL system or manually via email (reference @ cst.edu). The Claremont School of Theology Library's ILL contact person is Betty Clements, Reference Librarian.

Only six (6) films may be requested at one time. The loan period is for four weeks with the option of one renewal. Renewals must be requested either by phone, mail, email, or through the OCLC system prior to the due date. There is a service charge in order to cover conservation and shipping of the images as follows:

  • First microfilm $20
  • Each additional microfilm $10
  • First microfiche $15
  • Each additional microfiche $5

Duplication of images portrayed in the films is strictly prohibited by copyright law. Permission must be granted by the original holding institute of the manuscript prior to mitigation of this rule. It is understood that any usage of manuscript images is strictly for personal research and not for publication.

Images of the Dead Sea Scrolls, however, are not available through ILL. They must be duplicated first and sold to the individual requiring them.

Request for images should identify the holding institute, manuscript number and shelf mark of the original holding institute (e.g. Vatican Library, Codex Vaticanus Graecus 1209) or at least the designation by the standard numbering system for that type of manuscript, such as Gregory-Aland number for New Testament manuscripts (e.g. G/A 03 for Codex Vaticanus B).

Descriptive List of Holdings
Copies of our Descriptive List of Holdings are available for $10 each to cover printing costs and shipping. This is the most up to date listing available of our entire holdings to scholars through ILL.

Dead Sea Scroll Images