Services

The Master’s Seminary Library welcomes patrons to make use of the following services.

 

Computer Services

TMS Library offers free wireless internet access to all its patrons. Please note however, that this connection is not secured via a password and an unauthorized third party may access information on your personal device.

Network workstations are available on both floors of TMS Library. They are intended for research (such as searching the Library’s online catalog) and general internet browsing. The workstations can be used to print materials but the work stations do not have word processing programs on them. The workstations can be used to print materials. Please pay $0.10 for each page printed (cash or check only).

The web traffic on TMS Library’s wireless and wired networks is automatically monitored. Patrons found accessing sexually explicit or other inappropriate sites on either their own or the Library’s computers will immediately be expelled from the Library and have all privileges revoked. Members of Grace Community Church or faculty/staff/students of The Master’s University and Seminary found violating this policy will also face further disciplinary action from their respective institutions.

Copy, Scanning, & Printing Services

CAUTION: When using duplicating equipment in TMS Library the user must recognize that the copyright law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. The person using this equipment is liable for any infringement.

A self-service photocopy machine is located near the Circulation Desk for patron use. The cost for each copy is $0.10. The copy machines require a copy-card which can be purchased for $0.50. Patrons are encouraged to write their names on their copy-cards.  The library is not responsible for lost cards.

Two wireless printers are available for patron use. The cost for each page printed is $0.10. Please contact the Library Staff for instructions to access those printers.

TMS Library offers self-service scanning services via a book scanner (color or b&w) and copy machines (b&w only). Both machines require a USB thumb drive to save the scanned materials. The copy machine will also need a copy card to scan. Please utilize the book scanner in the Reference Room when scanning TMS Library materials.

The Library also provides a three-hole punch, stapler, and paper cutter near the Circulation Desk.

Used Book Sale

A set of shelves behind the Circulation Desk displays new and used books for sale. Prices are located inside the front cover of the books. All items are sold “as is” and the Library accepts no liability or responsibility for the quality of items sold.

Returning Borrowed Items

Please return all circulating items personally to TMS Library. During Library business hours please return items to the book return drop box at the circulation desk. Please use the after-hours book return drop box in the lobby of TMS to return items when the Library is closed.

Inter-Library Loan Service

In the event that TMS Library does not own needed research materials, TMS patrons may request the material through the Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL). It may take up to three weeks to receive ILL materials.

General Inter-Library Loan Policies

ILL services are available to all TMS students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Students at TMS’ Distance Location sites should consult additional ILL policies & services available here. All other off-campus TMS students (e.g. online, modular Th.M., D.Min., Ph.D., etc.) and alumni should consult additional ILL policies & services available here.

All ILL requests must be made using the patron’s “@tms.edu” or “@my.tms.edu” e-mail account.

Please conduct a thorough search of the TMS library holdings before submitting an ILL request.

When completing the ILL form please provide as much information about the requested publication as possible. This will enable TMS Library staff to locate the correct resource in the most efficient manner.

Inter-Library Loan Borrowing Charges

TMS Library does not charge its patrons for ILL services. While TMS Library Staff will make every reasonable effort to locate a resource at no charge, please understand that the lending library may charge a fee for fulfilling a request.

Please indicate on the ILL form the maximum amount you are willing to pay for an ILL item. If you are unable or unwilling to pay above the amount charged by the lending library, the item(s) will not be obtained.

When an ILL involves fees, they will be charged to the patron’s Library account prior to checking out the item.

A $5.00 fee will be assessed to any patron who does not pick up a requested ILL item within seven days.

Inter-Library Loan Renewals and Overdue Fine

Please communicate any renewal requests of ILL resources either on or before the due date. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library. A fine of $1.00 per day will be charged for items not returned by the due date.

Limitations to Inter-Library Loan Services

ILL services for physical items are only available to students in the United States. ILL services for journal articles or copies of short portions of books are available to all TMS off-campus students and alumni. Students and alumni located in other countries should familiarize themselves with the copyright laws (©) of their nation to ensure compliance with national and international laws. By submitting an ILL request, a student acknowledges and affirms that he is in compliance with laws of the United States, international laws, and the laws of his own country.

Study Carrel Rental

Twelve large semi-enclosed and six smaller study carrels located in the basement of the Library are available to TMS students for their exclusive use. The rental fee is $75.00 per semester (spring, summer, and fall) for the large size and $45.00 per semester (spring, summer, and fall) for the medium size. Priority for rental is given to Ph.D. and Th.M. Students. Please see the Library Director of Services for more information or to request a study carrel.

SCATLA Borrowing Privileges

The Southern California Area Theological Library Association (SCATLA) grants borrowing privileges among its member libraries to students of The Master’s Seminary. Those who wish to use this service must obtain a signed borrowing card from TMS Library Circulation Desk, before visiting a cooperating library. Please follow all the guidelines of the host library, including circulation procedures, overdue fines, etc. SCATLA cards are only valid for the current academic semester. Please see the above link to see a list of SCATLA member libraries.

Lost and Found

The library keeps lost items at the Circulation Desk. While efforts are made to determine ownership of a lost item, any unclaimed items will be disposed of or put into the book sale after approximately one month.

Rest Rooms

Restrooms for men and women are located on the first and basement floors at the south end of the building.

 

If you have any questions about TMS Library or its services please feel free to contact us in person or at:

Phone: 1.818.909.5545     Email: library@tms.edu