Policies & Procedures

The following is a summary of borrowing privileges:

Non-Thesis Students 15 titles – 4 weeks – 1 renew
Thesis Students 25 titles – 4 weeks – 1 renew
Doctoral Students 50 titles – 8 weeks – 1 renew
Clergy 5 titles – 2 weeks – 0 renew
Alumni 10 titles – 2 weeks – 0 renew
Visiting Scholars 5 titles – 2 weeks – 0 renew
  • All books are subject to recall after one week. Borrowers may place holds on checked out titles, with notice by email or note in campus box. Holds not picked up after one week will be returned to the shelf.
  • Special conditions must be met to qualify for visiting scholar status.
  • Clergy refers to local, Ambridge-Sewickley area clergy only.
  • Holds and requests to check out titles that have been previously selected by faculty as a course reserve will not be honored if the borrower’s loan period will interfere with the placing of the title on reserve for that course.
  • The fine for circulating (non-reserve) items is $.10 per day. The fine for course reserve items is $.25 per hour.

Check out Procedures

The Trinity Library has an automated circulation system. To check out a book, bring the book and your student identification card to the circulation desk. You will be advised of the due date for the book, along with a receipt slip showing the due date.

Books may be renewed by bringing them to the circulation desk or by calling the library, unless another student has requested it. If another student has requested a book you’ve renewed, someone from the library will call or email and ask you to return it as quickly as possible. We reserve the right to recall any book after a borrower has had it for at least one week if another student needs it. The borrower may ask to have it back after that student has had it for one week. This policy applies to audio and video titles as well.

Borrowers must return the items to the circulation desk by the date due during regular library hours. Please put them in the slot at the end of the circulation desk or hand them to the circulation worker. Please do not leave them sitting on the circulation desk. Please also do not leave them in a bag outside the door. An after hours return return box is available in the foyer to return books when the library is closed.

Overdue fines are $.10 per day. Course reserves have a higher fine structure at $.25 per hour. Please note that fines will be charged.

Damaged Items
Borrowers are responsible for taking care of any item checked out. The Library must charge borrowers to repair or replace any book or other material that has become damaged during this period. “Damage” is defined as any damage beyond normal wear and tear, and “normal wear and tear” is defined as “that caused by a careful reader.” This includes intentional things, such as highlighting or underlining a book and unintentional things, such as not preventing the family dog from chewing the item.

Library Services


The Library maintains two photocopiers, both on the first floor. The charge is 5 cents per page for the cash machine. Students may use the photocopier pass key only when directed by faculty or staff.

Network Printing
Students logged onto the Trinity network from anywhere in the Library Academic Building may print to a printer located in the library. The network printer is located near the door to the first floor Computer Lab.

Interlibrary Loan

Trinity Library is a lending and borrowing member of OCLC, an international network of libraries. A person with Trinity Library borrowing privileges may borrow a title from another library (a book or a journal article), through interlibrary loan so long as Trinity Library does not own the title. The lending rules, such as borrowing time and renewal rights, are determined by the lending library.

To order an interlibrary loan, first check the online catalog to verify that Trinity does not own the item. Then fill out the online Interlibrary Loan Form or the paper form available at the circulation desk.

Library Classes
The library offers informal classes throughout the year. Dates will be posted on the web and on notices near the library entrance.

  • BibleWorks Training Workshop: Beginners and Advanced sessions offered intermittently.
  • Ad Fontes Digital Library Workshop: Offered in the Spring term. Learn what it takes to research using the Ad Fontes Classical Protestant Texts Digital Library.
  • Designing a church website: Learn what it takes to put together a web page. Designed for those with some computer experience but no HTML experience. Offered intermittently.
  • Basic Theological Research: Learn what it takes to find information in a seminary library. Topics covered include the general research process, understanding the subject headings, LC Classification, and using the online catalog. Dates vary throughout the year.
  • Online Database Research–ATLA, ATLAS, and Religion and Philosophy Collection: Learn what it takes to conduct research with the online full-text databases. Dates vary throughout the year.

Please see library staff about these classes. As with any library or bibliographic instruction, one-on-one individual training is available at all times throughout the year.