ESR Access resources and accommodations

ESR supports Access learning by providing resources that meet the unique needs of students in the program. This includes access to Earlham College’s Lilly Library services as well as accommodations for housing at Lauramoore Guest House & Retreat Center.

Research resources

Research is an essential part of the ESR Access education. To aid ESR students in their research efforts, Earlham College’s Lilly Library offers a document delivery service that will send books to you (your only cost is return shipping) as well as photocopied articles through an interlibrary loan of journals that aren’t available online. In addition, you’ll have access to:


Search the OCLC listing of books in U.S. libraries via WorldCat, from which you can make an interlibrary loan request through your public library.


Academic databases like ATLA, Academic Elite and JSTOR comprising of numerous journals in the fields related to the study of religion and theology. You will also have access to other databases like reference works (OED, Oxford References Online, Encycopedia Britannica) and digital libraries (NetLibrary, Early English Books Online).


The Digital Quaker Collection is a freely accessible site created for ESR Access students to take advantage of the excellent Friends Collection in Lilly Library.

Housing accommodations

Lauramoore House, which is located near the ESR campus, offers comfortable accommodations for students visiting for intensives.

Other lodging accommodations can be found through the Wayne County Community Network Association.

M.Div./M.Min. Access students

Students who take the Introduction to Spiritual Formation class as a gateway to the ESR Access M.Div./M.Min. program are required to stay at the Quaker Hill Conference Center. Special arrangements are made during the two weeks for students in this class to have some meals together and engage in community-building activities. Students are responsible for the arrangement and cost of their own housing and meals during the intensive. Many students continue to stay at the Quaker Hill Conference Center during two-week intensives. 

Next steps

Ministry isn’t just a vocation or a calling—it’s a way of being in this world, seeking to make it whole. Earlham School of Religion is ready to support you in answering your own call to ministry, whatever shape it takes.