Frequently Asked Questions

How do I check out a book? 

To check out a book, 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, be sure to click the “log out” button with the mouse in order to remove your name and
barcode number from the public display; otherwise, someone else can check out library materials in your name. Your receipt and due date will be sent electronically to your email.

How can I renew my items?

If you want to renew an item which may be renewed, you may do so through the Library’s Online Catalog. To renew a book online follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the “log in” button at the top right of the page. You will need your Library card number as well as your PIN (the last 4 digits of your Library card number.
  2. Click on [your name] account to the right of the “log out” button.
  3. Click on the option called “Account Activity.” From this option you will be able to renew individual items checked out to your account. Renewals are not permitted if you have an outstanding fine.

NOTE: All renewed materials are subject to recall by the Library at any time for the use of another patron.

What is my Library PIN?

Your Library PIN is the last 4 digits of your Library card number.

How do I request a book not found in our Library?

If you are unable to locate a resource in the RPTS Library, you may request the item through Inter-Library Loan (ILL). You may fill out a request form for a book or periodical article by clicking on the link at the top of this page entitled “forms.” Books or articles can take two weeks to arrive, so be sure to request them early in relation to the date by which you will need them.

For how long can I check out a book? 

Books circulate for four weeks and may be renewed two times.

How do I become a Library Patron?

Borrowing privileges are extended free to current students, faculty and staff, and to the students of the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry (CUBM) and the cohorts of the Adult Degree Program (ADP) of Geneva College meeting at the Seminary. Student, faculty, and staff ID cards serve as their library cards.

All other adults desiring borrowing privileges must pay for them. The cost is: $30 for RPTS graduates; $40 for local clergy; and $50 for everyone else per twelve month period, payable in advance. See TREE,, to register for borrowing privileges.

How can I obtain a study carrel?

Current students may reserve a study carrel, although, most often, two
students must be assigned to each carrel to meet the need for carrels. Any carrel that is not in use may be appropriated by others for their temporary use. Contact Geneviève Reid to be assigned a carrel.

What are the Library’s business hours? 

The Library is open twenty-four hours a day, Monday through Saturday. The Library is CLOSED on the Lord’s Day.

How do I access E-books

For instructions on how to access e-books click here

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