Materials are circulated to all library members, including local clergy, lay religious leaders, and students of other colleges, seminaries, and universities. Most of the Phillips Library's collection is available for check-out. Reference items & some audio/visual materials are for in-library use only. Generally, materials may be checked out for a period of four (4) weeks. Items may be renewed as often as needed, unless another request has been made. Faculty & staff have an extended borrowing period.
The library cautions all users to be mindful of copyright law (US Code, Title 17) when copying materials. The Phillips Copyright Policy The library owns specialized photocopying & scanning equipment for paper & microformats.
The desktop computers in the library are intended primarily for research. During periods of low traffic, users are welcome to use the computers for papers & personal correspondence. Student printing is free, supported by the Student Senate.
Cellular/Mobile Phone Use
Out of consideration for other library users, the use of cell/mobile phones within the library is discouraged.
Food & Beverages
Food & drinks are allowed in all areas of the library except the Beasley Rare Book Room, where food & drinks are prohibited. Recycling containers are available throughout the seminary.
Conversation is viewed as integral to the seminary community. Researchers requiring silence may use library conference rooms or may make arrangements with library staff. To use a conference room for an extended period, please coordinate with library staff to avoid conflicts.