Jacksonville Campus Library Policies
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.
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 are assessed at the rate of twenty-five cents per day for overdue books from the stacks, and one dollar ($1.00) per day for reserve books. The cost for unreturned or mutilated items is the replacement value of the item in the same edition and binding as determined by the Library Director, plus a $10.00 processing fee, in addition to any fines owed. Checks should be made payable to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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.
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.