Anyone over 16 years of age may make use of our library. Members of Grace Community Church, students, and faculty of The Master's Seminary and College or the Logos Bible Institute may obtain borrowing privileges. Alumni of The Master's Seminary also retain library privileges. All other patrons must pay a yearly fee of $25.00 (plus a one time $5.00 library card fee) in order to borrow materials. All borrowers are required to pay a one-time $5.00 library card fee. Lost cards will be replaced at a cost of $5.00. Please note that one may not check out materials without a valid library card in their possession.
All patrons are expected to abide by the following guidelines concerning use of the library.
Please refrain from talking in the library, including the Reference and Periodical Reading Rooms. We are intent on making our facility conducive to research and study. If you are seeking help, try to whisper. Quiet discussion is allowed in the two group study rooms in the basement. The seminary dress code is in effect for all seminary students using the library. Patrons may wear shorts in the library, but sandals, bare feet, shirtless or open shirts are not permitted.
Use of Library Materials
Do not deface books by marking, underlining, notating, or by bending pages. Storing books or library materials in cars will result in heat damage. The costs of replacing books and materials that are damaged, either purposely or accidentally, while checked out are the responsibility of the patron.
Eating and Drinking in the Library
Do not bring food or drink items into the library. There is a lounge located on the second floor that has vending machines available for use.
Patrons are not to re-shelve any item they may use. Return all materials to a book cart or leave them on a table or in a study carrel, the library staff will re-shelve all books to insure they are returned to the proper location on the shelves.
Due to closing procedures, please have your books checked out or renewed 15 minutes before closing time.
Emergency Exits and Fire Alarms
Emergency Exits are located at three places on the first floor of the library. Additionally there are two stairwells at the north and south ends of the basement leading directly upstairs. Please be aware of these emergency exits. However, remember that these exits are for emergency use only. An alarm will sound when they are used. In the event of a fire alarm all patrons are to immediately procede to an exit. A speedy exit from the building is essential for personal safety and to keep the area clear for responding personnel. Patrons SHOULD NOT attempt to gather personal items but should leave the building immediately and must obey all directions of the library staff.
Rental Study Carrels
Twelve large semi-enclosed Study Carrels in the basement are available to "rent" for $75.00 per semester (Spring, Summer, Fall). Students will be able to store books they have checked out in that carrel and have exclusive use of the carrel during the semester. A key to the locked compartment is provided for storage in the carrel as well. They are not for use by the general student body, nor should assigned student "sub-let" the carrels to others. Even if they are marked "unassigned," they are not to be used and you will be asked to relocate by the library staff if you are found using them. Priority for rental is Th.D. Students, Th.M. Students and then M.Div. students with particular needs. See the seminary librarian for information.
Obeying Directives from the Library Staff
The on-duty library staff has the responsibility for the orderly operation of the library. They are empowered to make decisions regarding questions and interpretation of policy in the absence of the Seminary Librarian. Any verbal abuse, argumentative behavior, or failure to respond to directives of a member of the library staff is treated as a very serious matter. The staff will ask those who cause such problems to leave the facility and will call campus security as needed to enforce that directive. All such incidents are reviewed by the Seminary Librarian and Director of Library Services and patrons, regardless of type, may have their library privileges revoked for such a violation.
Circulating materials may be checked out at the Circulation Desk on the first floor. While a card is placed in the items with a due date, patrons are responsible for remembering the due dates of items. Most books are loaned for a three (3) week period. Videos, transparencies, slides, and chapel message cassette tapes are loaned for a one (1) week period. Regular patrons may check out up to six items in any one subject area at a time, but never more than a total of twelve (12) items may be taken out by a single patron without special permission from the seminary librarian. Advanced students and TMS faculty are allowed to check out more books in total and are not limited in terms of subject. Periodicals, reference materials, and microforms may not be taken from the library facility. A book return drop box is available in the lobby display case for returning items during closed hours.
IT MUST BE REMEMBERED THAT YOU ARE NOT TO LOAN BOOKS YOU HAVE BORROWED TO OTHER PEOPLE. The individual patron is responsible for the materials that he/she has checked out. Should an item become lost or damaged it is your responsibility to make restitution to the library. Items that are late are also the responsibility of the patron. The library staff will not make any effort to locate a third party for the return of an item. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! Patrons may not use the card of another person, nor may they check out books for a third party so as to avoid check out limitations for that person. Should the circulation personnel determine that this is what is being attempted the patron will not be allowed to check out the materials.
All borrowed library material must be returned to the circulation desk in person or placed in the night drop box when the library is closed. Church and other on-campus personnel MAY NOT USE the inter-office mail system to return books. A $1.00 fine (per book) will be assessed when books are returned in this manner. Seminary library books must also be returned TO THE SEMINARY library. Items returned to the college library or returned through the inter-office mail will be charged $1.00 per item. Additionally, the item will be considered not returned until it reaches the seminary library. This particularly applies to Inter-Library Loan materials.
Serious or repeated violations of this policy WILL result in a loss of library privileges.
Reserve reading materials area is located behind the circulation desk. These items are loaned for a 2-hour period and must be used in the library. No more than TWO reserve items may be checked out at one time. Reserve items may be checked out overnight, but they cannot leave the library until one hour before closing and must be returned within an hour after the library opens the following day. Reserve items incur a fine of $1.00 per hour when they are late.
Circulating materials may be renewed twice unless another patron requests them. Items may be renewed over the phone only on or before the due date. If the item is overdue the patron must bring it to the library and pay the necessary fine(s) before a renewal will be granted. Phone renewals may also not be allowed to patrons who have outstanding fines or fees.
On occasion a professor will request that a book be put on reserve for class use. If you have the book currently checked out, you will be contacted by the library staff and asked to return the book to the library within three days. A $1 per day fine will be assessed if the book is not returned.
Fines, Penalties and Fees
The overdue fine for circulating books is $.25 per day. The fine for a reserve item is $1.00 per hour. Fines for videos are $1.00 PER DAY, and a $.50 fine will be applied to every video that is returned not rewound. Those who have outstanding fines or charges of over $5.00 may not be allowed to check out additional items without permission of the librarian.
Those borrowers who lose or severely damage a library book will be charged a minimum of $55.00 replacement fee (as determined by the librarian) plus accumulated fees.
Nonpayment of fines and fees will result in the loss of library privileges. Students of The Master's Seminary or College will be denied the right to take final exams if fines/fees are not paid before finals week.
The Circulation Computer System will automatically place fines, penalties and fees onto the patron account. Patrons with fines, fees and penalties in excess of $3.00 will be automatically prevented from checking out materials. Only the librarian can authorize exceptions, so please do not ask the library staff to do so.
The Circulation Computer System will also keep a tally of how many items you have checked out. If you have reached the limit of twelve (12) items, you will not be able to check out more materials until you have returned some items or you have received special permission from the seminary librarian.
As previously noted, the loss of individual parts of certain materials (i.e. tapes, slides, or pieces of AV materials) will very likely make you liable to replace the ENTIRE ITEM. Publishers normally do not have individual pieces available for replacement sale.
An item will automatically be considered LOST if it has not been returned within 45 days of its due date. The Circulation Computer System will automatically assess the $75.00 lost replacement fee and reprocessing fee to your account.
Seminary students will not be allowed to register for classes at the beginning of each semester if all fines, penalties and fees have not been paid.
Please remember that the individual staff members of the library have clear and specific policy directives from both the Director of Library Services and the Seminary Librarian regarding these matters. Any deviation from standard practice must have their direct approval and written or verbal direction must come from them directly to the library staff member.