Can I eat or drink in the Library?
You can eat only in the Lounge. (Please be considerate in not bringing particularly messy or aromatic foods!) Please clean up after yourself. You are welcome to drink anywhere in the Library, except the Rare Book Room and Godsey Collection. Always use a covered cup, even in the Lounge.
How do I pay for printing or copying in the Library?
Wesley students, please use the computer in the print and copy area to authorize your charges. (American University students who live on Wesley's campus may also use this system.) Your charges will be billed to your student accounts and are payable at the Business Office. We can only accept cash payments from alumni and visitors. Current copy costs are 5 cents/black & white or 10 cents/color page.
How do I reserve a room for personal or group study?
Rooms in the Library at Wesley Theological Seminary may be reserved to serve the teaching and learning needs of the Library and the educational mission of the Seminary. If they are not otherwise reserved, these rooms are available for walk-in use. To make a reservation, please contact the Circulation & Information Services Desk at (202) 885-8695 or send email to email@example.com. For more information, refer to the Library Handbook or download the Library's Room Use and Reservations guidelines.
Can I donate books to the Library?
The Library recognizes the value of book and other donations to the overall strength and character of Library holdings, and is grateful for the generosity of donors who have contributed to the Library throughout the Seminary’s history. For information about book donations, please visit our Library General Information page and select the GIFTS tab.
What are the fines/fees for overdue items?
Fines and fees vary based upon item type. Circulating books are $0.25 cents per item per day ($10.00 maximum per book). There is a 3-day grace period for circulating books. For a full discussion of overdue fines and other fees for Course Reserves, Audio-Visual materials, and other items, visit our Library General Information page and select the POLICIES & FEES tab. Please note: Library privileges may be discontinued if financial obligations to the library are not paid.
I've lost a Library book. What happens now?
Lost and damaged items are assessed a fee of $97 per item. This fee includes the replacement cost of the item and a $30 processing fee. For lost items, the maximum fine may still apply. Items are automatically considered lost when they are more than 40 days overdue. Item replacements from patrons will not be accepted.
Why isn't the Library open more hours?
We know that access to Library resources, services, and facilities is important, and we do our best to provide these to the community during critical hours. Library operating hours are determined by a combination of many factors, including budget and demonstrated need. (We routinely track building use and use these statistics in making decisions.).
RESOURCES & SERVICES
What's the difference between the Library Catalog and Wesley Discovery Service?
Both the Library Catalog and the Wesley Discovery Service can be searched through the Library's homepage. The Library Catalog is an online public-access catalog that lists books, audio-visual materials, and other resources that are available in the Library building. Journal titles are listed, but not individual journal articles. The Wesley Discovery Service is a comprehensive discovery tool that will search the Library Catalog as well as journal articles, databases, and other sources of information. The Wesley Discovery Service will often point to resources outside the Wesley collection, which can be acquired through Inter-Library Loan (see below). If you are off-campus, access to the Wesley Discovery Service is password-restricted (see below.)
How do I access databases and other resources from off-campus?
The Library Catalog can be accessed directly through the web and does not require special authentication or log-in credentials. Guests are welcome to access the contents of this catalog through any link that simply reads "Library Catalog." Off-campus access to e-books, the Wesley Discovery Service, and most of our databases (including ATLAS) require log-in through our iAccess credentials. Only registered members of the Wesley community may access electronic resources from off-campus. Off-campus access to JSTOR requires a Shared Access Token. For more details, please visit our Electronic Resources page and select the OFF-CAMPUS ACCESS tab. To receive the iAccess credentials or the JSTOR Shared Access Token, please email the Library (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How do I find or use Library eBooks?
Library eBooks can be found through the Wesley Discovery Service or the eBooks database. To view them, you only need a web-browser with an internet connection. To reserve the eBook for your use for up to 14 days, you will need a myEBSCO account. To download the eBook to your computer or a device (e.g., a tablet or e-reader) for offline use, you will need an Adobe ID and Adobe Digital Editions. (It's very easy to set this up in five minutes, and it only needs to be done once.) You can read more on our eBooks page.
What is the "LC Collection"? Where is it?
"LC collection" is just a designation for books that have been acquired after 2008, and catalogued according to the Library of Congress classification system. (Older books use a different system.) Circulating LC collection books are in the basement; when you enter the main room, the LC Collection stacks are to the right. Reference LC books are in the Learning Commons, and start on the tall shelves by the classrooms.
How can I access Washington Theological Consortium Libraries?
Please visit the Library and request an authorized WTC Borrowers form. Take this form with you to each WTC library you intend to use. The form must be renewed each semester. For more information, visit the Washington Theological Consortium Libraries page.
How can I access the Bender Library at American University?
Take your Wesley student ID card to the Bender Library to receive borrowing privileges. If you need access to the Bender's databases, you will be logged into a computer there. (Off-campus access is only allowed to registered AU students.) For more information, visit the AU library website.
How do I request a book from another library using Inter-Library Loan?
Inter-Library Loan (ILL) privileges are available for Wesley students, faculty, and staff. The Library will attempt to borrow materials that the Library does not own from another library. When an ILL item is available, it must be picked up at (and returned to) the Wesley Theological Seminary Library. We cannot mail items to you. Library users without access to ILL are are encouraged to inquire at their home institution's library or at a public library. Interlibrary Loan services may be limited during holiday and summer vacations. For more information or to submit an Inter-Library Loan request, visit our Inter-Library Loan page.
How long does an Inter-Library Loan request take?
Inter-Library loan requests can take ten to fourteen days to be fulfilled. Please plan accordingly.
What fees are associated with Inter-Library Loan?
Some institutions charge lending fees, while others do not. The borrower may have to pay any charges that the lending library levies. When you submit an ILL request, please indicate the most you would be willing to pay.
Can alumni use the Library and its resources?
The Library is happy to offer services to our graduates in support of their ongoing theological research needs. Services include borrowing privileges (at no charge) and remote access to the ATLAS database. Fore more information and the ink to ATLAS for alumni, please visit the Library's Alumni page.
How can I recommend a book for the library collection?
We welcome your suggestions. Feel free to email recommended titles to us at email@example.com. Please give as much detail as is available (title, author, imprint). The Director of the Library will consider all suggestions for acquisition, bearing in mind the library’s collection development guidelines.
I need help with research. Can I make an appointment?
Librarians are available to provide in-depth research assistance, including tutorials on using databases and other research tools and guidance with research projects. If a Librarian determines that more assistance is necessary than can be given on a walk-in basis, a Research Consultation may scheduled. In addition, Library staff are available to speak to groups or classes and provide instruction on tools and techniques for theological research. To schedule an appointment, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have another Question?
More information about Library policies and services is available in the Library Handbook. If your questions still have not been answered, please contact the Library:
- telephone: (202) 885-8695
- email: email@example.com