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Circulation Policies

To find materials first consult the online catalog for the call number and location of the book.  If the item is available in the stacks, you can take it and fill out the white call slip*. Insert completed slips in each book and give both to the staff member at the circulation desk. The call number is everything on the spine label. This includes the year, volume, issue, and copy numbers. Some call numbers will have prefixes:  "REF" indi­cates Reference materials and these are located in the Reading Room. They do not circulate. They are meant to be ac­cessible to all should not be kept on study carrels.*The Library staff is currently in the process of barcoding the entire borrowing collection.  If you come across a book with a barcode on the back, then filling out a slip is not necessary.  Just hand to the librarian or student worker at the front desk and they will check it out to you.

*The Library staff is currently in the process of barcoding the entire borrowing collection.  If you come across a book with a barcode on the back, then filling out a slip is not necessary.  Just hand to the librarian or student worker at the front desk and they will check it out to you.
The standard book loan pe­riod for resident students is one month.
  Students writing theses may have a loan period of one semester at a time.  The loan period for faculty is one year. All loans are subject to recall on notice.

Materials Limit: Students are limited to checking out 75 books at any one time.  MDiv and MA students writing theses who need more the 75 books at a time must have written permission from their thesis adviser before you can check out more than 75 at a time.  ThM students are not bound by this limit.  Non-resident patrons who have paid their fee are limited to a one month circulation of five (5) titles  at a one time.All books from the stacks must be checked out at the circulation desk before proceeding anywhere else in the library or leaving the library.

Periodicals 

Current issues of the periodicals are on the left side of the reading Room, past the elevator.  They do not circulate. Periodicals in the stacks do not circulate either with the exception of St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly and Greek Orthodox Theological Review.

We encourage patrons to make use of the ATLA Religion Database for browsing periodicals or finding articles.  Here is a user guide for that resource.     

Student Theses

Hardbound copies stamped with “will circulate” on the inside of the front cover – this means there are multiple copies of the thesis, and therefore, a copy can be checked out. If there is only one copy available of a thesis please speak with a librarian. We can make an additional copy for circulation at no charge.  See the Student Theses webpage for more details. 

Reserve Shelf

At the request of individual instructors, ma­terials needed for class assignments are removed from regular circulation and placed on Reserve (restricted use).  Reserve circulation is normally for 3 days, but can be shortened without notice, if the materials are required for a class assignment.  Reserve Shelf materials cannot be renewed and cannot be placed on hold. To access these materials, consult the Reserve Shelf listing at the circulation desk or search the OPAC for the class # (ex:  LT201) to get a list of items on the Reserve Shelf for the class. All items on the Reserve Shelf have barcodes so they do not need call slips in order to be checked out. 

*For a list of books currently on reserve please consult our online catalog.

Reference Collection

The most frequently used reference works in the library are shelved in the open stacks in the Reading Room.  To facilitate the productive and effective use of reference resources, students should take the time early in their careers at St. Vladimir's Seminary to examine these volumes carefully,  comparing and contrasting similar works, noting the contents and scope.

Rare Books

The Rare Books section is located in the stacks between the periodicals and the Theses.  It is split into two section: over-sized volumes and regular books.  The rare books do not circulate so patrons are only allowed to use them in the library. Please contact a librarian for questions about these materials.

Fines

Books are checked out for one month.  Fines of 25 cents day per  item will accrue after the due date.  Fines are payable only to the librarians.  Fines not paid at semester's end must be paid before or by the beginning of the following semester to reinstate your circulation privileges. 

Renewing and Returning Books

All materials should be returned on time to the circulation desk during staffed hours or in the book drop when the reading room is open.  Patrons are encouraged to manage their books by logging into personal accounts, which are located on the right-hand side of the catalog homepage.  By logging into an account patrons can renew items, place holds, and make suggestions for acquisitions.  Please see a librarian for creating an account.