Patron Policies


Materials kept beyond the due date are subject to a fine of 25 cents per day (excluding Saturday, Sunday and holidays).

Lost or Damaged Books

Borrowers will pay replacement costs plus a $25 processing fee ($35 for TLCA) for each item unless they are able to secure for the library volumes in similar or better condition.


Books may be recalled at any time in order to support faculty, staff, or student needs. Books recalled but not returned by the recall date will be assessed a fine of $1 per day.

Copyright Law

The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code 108(f) (1)) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Any person using Seminary printers or copy machines are liable for any infringement or violation of the law.

As a student, it is your responsibility to understand what you can legally print or copy before being considered guilty of copyright infringement. “Fair use” comes into play primarily in the academic setting, and students are given certain copying or printing freedoms the commercial world does not have. If you go beyond these legal limits, the law sees you as a thief, one who is denying creators of intellectual property their just revenues. If found guilty, you can be heavily fined.

Photo and print copies are to be considered permissible and “fair use,” provided that the following criteria are met:

  1. Use is academic in nature, for non-profit, educational purposes.
  2. The duplication purpose is to make material available for study for the patron’s or student’s convenience.
  3. The duplication regards a single copy of one original, as opposed to multiple copies of the same original.
  4. No more than one article per journal or one chapter per book (10%) will be copied.