Circulation

Books
circulate for four weeks and may be renewed two times, for a total of twelve weeks.

If
needed by another patron, books are subject to recall after circulating for two
weeks. If the book you want is checked out, you can reserve it through the
online catalog by placing a “hold” on it.

Non-circulating
items may be checked out through special permission of the Librarian.

To
check out a book, you must use the Circulation Computer located in the
Reference Room next to the fireplace. First, hold your Seminary ID barcode
under the scanner. Your personal record will be displayed. Then, hold the
barcode of each item (found at the top of the back cover) you want under the
scanner. When you are finished, click the “log out” button, in order to remove
your name and barcode number from the public display; otherwise, someone else
can check out library materials in your name. Retrieve the printout of your
transaction, which indicates the due date.

Our cataloging system
automatically sends email reminders to patrons five (5) days before their items
are due. The system also sends overdue notices to our patrons, alerting them of
overdue items on their account. Once students have received their
final overdue notice (after three email notices and one written notice), their
library account will be blocked, and a hold will be placed on their Seminary
account. These holds will only be removed after the overdue items have been
returned to the Library and fines have been paid. If you receive an overdue or
fine notice which you believe is in error, contact Jordan Feagley by emailing
library@rpts.edu.

Though this system has been
activated as a courtesy to our patrons, it is the patron’s responsibility to
know when his or her item(s) are due. Current Seminary students will have
library notices emailed to their RPTS address. Notices to Seminary alumni and
other patrons will be sent to their most recent email address. In order for
this program to work effectively, it is imperative that the Library staff have
your current email address on file. If you are a patron (non-current student)
of the RPTS library and have changed your email address, please contact the
library at library@rpts.edu.

If
you want to renew an item which may be renewed, you may also do so through the
Seminary’s website. All renewed materials are subject to recall by the Library
at any time for the use of another patron. Renewals are not permitted if you
have an outstanding fine. For online renewals, you will need to input your
library card number and your PIN, which is the last four digits of you library
card number.

Faculty
members have automatic renewals for up to one year, but their cooperation in
returning materials promptly is appreciated.

Library
materials may be checked out twenty-four hours a day, Monday through Saturday.

Items
you wish to borrow must be properly checked out via your personal barcode.
Removal of items from the Library premises without proper barcode checkout is
grounds for automatic loss of library privileges and for suspension from
student status.

The
following lists summarize which items may be checked out versus those which are
for in library use only.