Jacksonville Campus Library Policies

Book Usage

The general collection is available to student use and borrowing. Up to ten books may be checked out for a period of four weeks with two renewals. Borrowing privileges are currently limited to current students registered for classes.

The REFERENCE collection (books, journals, periodicals, and cassettes) must be used in the library and may not be checked out for any reason. Books placed on RESERVE for specific classes are normally not available for general borrowing, but may be checked out overnight on Friday, or for one week after classes on Saturday, with consent of the professor. No more than two reserve books may be taken at any one time. Reserve books must be checked out by a member of the library staff. Books in the stacks are available for borrowing.

Library Cards and Borrowing Privileges

GCTS/Jax student identification cards function as library cards. Student ID’s are available through the seminary office in Jacksonville. Borrowing privileges are currently limited to current students registered for classes through the Jacksonville campus, through one of the other Gordon-Conwell campuses, or through Semlink.

Fines and Penalties

As of February 1, 2013, all Gordon-Conwell libraries have adopted a new overdue book policy:

Fines are no longer be collected for overdue items, with the exception of those items placed on Course Reserves and items obtained by InterLibrary Loan.

Once an item is overdue:

  • Patrons with the overdue item will be sent four notices of their overdue items (once per week after the item is overdue).
  • All borrowing privileges for patrons with overdue items will be suspended.
  • All overdue items can be returned before the fourth notice without incurring any fines.
  • Once items have been returned, borrowing privileges will be restored.

After the fourth notice: (sent twenty-eight days after the items are overdue)

  • The items will be declared "long overdue" and essentially considered “lost." *
  • The patron will be charged a minimum of $100 for each item.
  • If the publisher’s suggested price of a single item exceeds $100, the patron will be charged the full price, plus a $15.00 processing fee.
  • These replacement charges will be sent to the seminary Accounting Office for collection.
  • The library will purchase replacement copies.
  • The patron will then “own” the items that have been declared lost.

*Please note that the library STRONGLY encourages patrons who actually lose items (or damage them beyond repair) to contact the library staff as soon as possible to explain the situation. The library has no desire to charge more than the cost of a quality replacement of the same edition in such cases.

Overdue Course Reserves will result in a $10.00 fine per item, per day. As is the current practice, any patron with a $10.00 fine will have borrowing privileges revoked.

Remote Access / Wireless

The Gordon-Conwell libraries are pleased to offer online library resources on the GCTS website (/library/Access-Databases.cfm). The method for access is called EZProxy, and it assures a fast, reliable, and user friendly connection to an expanding collection of electronic resources. It allows electronic access to many journals and periodicals, as well as online databases and Netlibrary eBooks. To access remotely, enter your GCTS username and student ID number.

Wireless computer Access is available. The web key may be obtained from the GCTS/Jax staff.

Requesting books from Goddard & Harold Lindsell Libraries

Students enrolled in a Gordon-Conwell, Jacksonville degree program may request up to six library books from Goddard library, the main GCTS library located in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Students must provide Goddard library with the following information: Name, address, phone, and Charlotte student ID number. In addition, students must provide author, title, and call number for each book requested by copying information from the online catalog and pasting into an email sent to glibrary@gcts.edu. A book eligible to be sent will display as “Location: Hamilton Circulation Coll….Available.” Cassette and video tapes, CDs and DVDs will not be sent by mail. Goddard library will fill requests based on availability of books and policies regarding borrowing. Students are responsible for returning books by mail by the due date listed on the receipt enclosed with the books. GCTS-Jacksonville students using Goddard library services are subject to Goddard library policies, including fines. For more information visit: /library/Book-Requests.cfm

Students may also request up to six books from the Harold Lindsell library in Charlotte by sending an email to hllibrary@gcts.edu. The normal borrowing period for books checked out from the Goddard and Harold Lindsell libraries is four weeks. Books returned must be postmarked by the due date in order to avoid fines.

Other Libraries

Use of Duval County Public Libraries is free to those who reside in Duval County, as well as to those students who are taking classes in Duval County, regardless of the location of their residence. Gordon-Conwell is located in Duval County; hence, use of the local public libraries is available to all who are taking classes with Gordon-Conwell in Jacksonville. Contact the Duval County Public Library directly to secure a library card. You will be asked to provide your current student ID card and your current class schedule.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Jacksonville has an agreement with the University of North Florida (UNF) Library, as well as the Institute For Worship Studies Library, which allows our students free access to their facility. To obtain a UNF library card, you will need to go to the UNF Library, tell them you are a Gordon-Conwell student, complete the necessary paperwork, and pay the $50 fee. Bring or mail your receipt to Ryan and he will reimburse you the $50.00. This will allow you to utilize their facility, online data bases, and check out books. You may get more information about the UNF Library at http://www.unf.edu/library/. Your GCTS ID card is sufficient for IWS privileges.