In order for an open-stack system to work smoothly and effectively each user must abide by the basic rules. Each person must be individually responsible to see that all library materials taken from the library are checked out properly. Please do NOT reshelve any materials used in the library. Rather, it would be of great help to us if these items were placed on designated book carts.
While all are welcome to use materials in the library, only The Master's College and Seminary students, faculty, staff and special cardholders may check out materials. Special cards include those who are members of SCILNET and those who have obtained a resident library card. Select the "For Visitors" menu option on the left for application information. All others are permitted to use the library, however, they are not permitted to check out materials or use interlibrary loan privileges.
The following items are part of the main circulating collection and may be checked out when a valid Master's College ID card is presented to a circulation clerk:
Three-week items The majority of the books and boxed cassette sets in the open stacks fit this category. This is the basic checkout period. All materials are due before closing on the date due. The late fine is $.25 per item per day. Items with multiple pieces (such as DVDs or CDs) must have all pieces together when returned. If a piece is missing the item cannot be checked in until all pieces are returned.
One week items This includes all audio-visual materials except boxed cassette sets. These items may be renewed two times unless requested by another patron. The late fine is $.25 per item per day.
Limitations The library reserves the right to limit the number of items per subject each patron is permitted to check out as demand warrants. EXCEPTION: Resident card holders may only check out six items at a time. The library also reserves the right to deny a patron circulation privileges if s/he has developed a history of sustained abuse to library policy.
The following items may not be checked out:
Bound and unbound periodicals
Microforms (microfilm and microfiche)
Reserve materials marked "STRICT” Reserve. See RESERVE MATERIALS below for more details.
1. Overdue main circulating materials: $0.25 per item, per each day the library is open.
2. Overdue reserve materials: $1.00 per item, per hour.
3. Overdue interlibrary loan material: $1.00 per item, per day.
4. Lost or damaged materials minimum replacement fees: Books, videos, cassette sets, and CDs $60 per item Single audiocassettes $10 per tape.
5. In lieu of paying for a lost item, the patron may buy and give to the library the exact item, and pay a $20 processing fee.
All replacement fees are the minimum charge applied. If actual replacement fees exceed these charges the difference will be applied as well.
6. Overdue materials may not be renewed.
7. If you have unpaid fines for over 30 days, your fines are subject to be charged to your TMC student account with an additional $10.00 unrefundable processing fee added. If you are a student of TMS and have unpaid lost item replacement fees over 30 days, your fines are subject to be charged to your TMS account. Please take note of this and pay your fines before any other fees are added.
8. If your fines for lost items have already been charged to your student account and you find the lost items, you may come and still return the items to the library. We will forgive the lost replacement and processing fees (total of $70 per item). There will be however a $10 additional charge for processing the refund.
If you have questions about any overdue or fine notices you may receive, you may always come talk to or email the Circulation Manager.
Regular Reserves may be checked for three hours and may be used in the library or taken out of the library. The three hour time limit only applies to the time the library is open. This means these materials may be checked out one to two hours before closing and must be returned within two to one hours respectively the next day (equal to three open hours).
"STRICT” Reserves may not be taken out of the library at all; not even overnight.
The patron's ID will be held until the reserve item is returned. However, ID cards are not held when reserve materials are checked out overnight. The late fine on reserve materials is $1.00 per hour, or any part of an hour, per item.
All materials (except Reserve items and Interlibrary Loans) may be renewed twice unless requested by another patron. See information about “Placing a Hold” on an item below. After the maximum number of renewals is reached the material(s) must be returned for use by others.
Renewals may be made in several ways:
1. Go to www.masters.edu
2. Select “Campus Services” -> “Library”
3. Select “Library Catalog”
4. Select “My Account”
5. Enter your barcode (the 9-digit id number on your Master’s College id card) and your last name
6. Check the items you want to renew. Be sure to make a note of the new due date. If no new date is given, then your items were unable to be renewed. Please contact the Circulation Manager to see if it is possible for the items to be renewed.
7. Online renewals must be made at least 24 hours before the due date. Also, overdue materials cannot be renewed. They must be brought back to the library.
8. The new due date is calculated from the date the renewal is made not from the original due date.
By phone: call the Circulation Desk at (661)362-2201 or toll free at (800)568-6248.
In person: bring the materials to the Circulation Desk.
Placing a “hold” on an item allows patrons to put themselves on a waiting list for the item as soon as it is returned. A hold can only be placed on an item that is already checked out. When the item has been returned the patron who has placed the hold will be notified. The patron then has one week to pick up the item before it is reshelved. Items with a hold placed on them cannot be renewed.
To place a hold search the catalog for the bibliographic record of the item wanted. Select the “Make a Request” link on the right sidebar. You will be prompted for your Barcode. Fill in the appropriate ID number, your last name and LOGIN. Select the “Hold” link on the next screen and select OK. Adjust the information on the Hold Request form as needed and Submit Request.
Last updated September, 2009.