Welcome to the Harold Lindsell Library!
The library contains almost 65,000 volumes and continues to grow at a rate of approximately 3,000 volumes per year. As you enter the library you will find the reference section and print and microfiche periodicals located on the first floor. Reference and periodicals are for in-library usage only. Our circulation stacks are located on the second floor along with one of our special collections, the SIM Collection in World Missions and Intercultural Studies. The second floor is designated as a “quiet area” and is designed to allow students and faculty opportunities for uninterrupted research and study.
The Gordon-Conwell collections contain over a quarter million items (books, bound periodicals, microforms), the bulk of which are located at Goddard Library, the main Gordon-Conwell library in S. Hamilton, Massachusetts. We also provide electronic access to a wide variety of bibliographic and full text sources.
Statement of Philosophy and Attitude.
Mission of the Gordon-Conwell Library program.
a. To support the curriculum of Gordon-Conwell, particularly as broadly understood--that is, in terms of its consistent and long-range thrust. And,
How to find what you are looking for.
|Books (including theses and microforms)||The OPAC is accessible at any time via the internet (https://gordonconwell.on.worldcat.org/). It will tell you which of the GCTS libraries owns the item, whether it is on the shelf, in reshelving, or on order, and the due dates of books that are checked out.|
Print periodicals are located in alphabetical order by title on the first floor of the library. Microfiche periodicals are located in the first floor cabinet next to the microfiche printer. Please ask at the circulation desk if we can help.
To find material in journals, use the periodical indexes. The most helpful
is the American Theological Library Association's Religion Index, an extensive index of periodical articles, book reviews, collected essays, and theses published since 1949 (also available in print in annual editions). Now also consult ATLA’s ATLAS, which has the full text of over fifty journals. The public access computers also include other indexes, some of which include the full text of the item.
A few hundred videos, hundreds of audio cassettes (many uncataloged),
and a few kits (cataloged) are available.
|Newspapers and magazines||
The most recent issues of newspapers (USA Today; Wall Street Journal) are kept on the newspaper rack on the second floor. Current issues of academic journals and popular magazines (Journal of Biblical Literature; Christianity Today, Christian Century) are kept in the current periodicals area on the first floor
For access, see the Library Director or Associate Librarian for Information Management. Some materials may be unavailable because of confidentiality or because they may yet be in process of organization.
Circulation policies and procedures
Any person welcome on campus is also welcome within the Library. However, all borrowers who wish to check materials out of the Library must have either a current Gordon-Conwell ID, Driver's License, or ID card from a consortial institution.
Guest accounts for borrowing cost $50.00 per year, but are free for some categories of borrowers and members of institutions from the Carolinas Theological Library Consortium (CTLC), our regional consortial group of libraries. To request guest borrowing privileges please contact the library by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 25 items, 28 days for Gordon-Conwell borrowers (Faculty, Staff, and Students).
- 5 items, 21 days for Guests and GCTS Alumni.
Approved Thesis Loans:
VHS & DVD's:
- All VHS must be viewed in the library.
- Reference DVD's - cannot be checked out.
- All other DVDs - limit 2 at a time for 14 days.
Audio Cassettes & CD's:
- 7 days (Maximum of 5 out at any one time to any borrower)
Reference, Reserve, Journal, Thesis, Cooley, Microform, and Vertical File:
- For use only in the library. Page scanning, copying, and printing is available. Please see a library staff member for assistance.
- The primary purpose of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is to help the Gordon-Conwell community access resources outside of its libraries' collections. ILL provides supplemental materials in order to help patrons access the best resources in any given field.
- For ILL policy and instructions please visit the library's Interlibrary Loan page.
Renewals of Lindsell Library items may be requested using one of these methods:
Online (See instructions below)
(All library owned items are subject to recall after their lending period has ended)
- Students and staff: up to five renewals of 28 days each.
- Faculty: up to 11 renewals of 28 days each.
- Alumni and Guests: one renewal of 21 days each.
Cassettes & CD's: 7 days
- Thesis loans: two renewals of only 28 days each after the 6 month period.
How to Renew Online
- Library Accounts can be accessed from these locations:
Library Homepage: Click 'Library Account' from the side menu or 'Log into your Library Account' from the WorldCat Discovery search box. The account log-in page will open.
Within WorldCat Discovery: Click 'Sign-in' in the top right corner.
Account Log-in and Renewal Help
Course Reserves Explained
- Course reserves are highly used or required items that are requested by a class professor to be placed on reserve. Reserve items remain on the reserve shelf until the class has ended.
- Reserve materials are kept behind the circulation desk.
- Generally reserves are not allowed for checkout from the Charlotte campus library. Permission must be granted by the class professor with an email send to the library director.
Searching for Course Reserves
Visit the Course Reserve tool within WorldCat Discovery to view what is currently (or formerly) on reserve from any Gordon-Conwell campus library.
Search by course name, instructor, department, or prefix. Searches can include former courses by clicking 'include inactive courses'.
- Course name: Managing Conflict
- Instructor: Cooper
- Department: Counseling
- Prefix: CL640
- Holds are placed on items that have already been checked out by another patron. The current borrower is under no obligation to return the book until the end of the first loan period. Placing a hold will, however, prevent the current borrower from renewing the item.
- Only current students, faculty, and staff may place a hold.
- Only circulating items can be placed on hold from the branch library where the borrower is a student or employee.
All items are subject to immediate recall after they have been in a borrower's possession for 28 days.
Items that are needed for course reserves are subject for immediate recall regardless of how long they have been in the borrower's possession.
Requesting a Hold
Please contact the library to request an item be placed on hold.
Viewing Items on Hold
- To monitor or cancel a hold, log into your Library Account.
The Fine Policy has been updated. Please visit here for complete details.
In the case of a borrowed item owned by Goddard Library that is overdue for six months, or lost, or mutilated, or mildewed, the borrower will be charged the replacement value of the item, plus a $15 processing fee, in addition to the $10.00 fine.
Borrowers are advised to insure adequately materials being returned to the library through the mail or other delivery services.
Suspension of Privileges
In the event of abuse or non-cooperation, library privileges may be restricted or suspended by the Director of the Library.
Suspension is automatic for anyone owing the library more than $10.00.
Branch Libraries and Distance Learners
S. Hamilton, Boston, and Jacksonville students may borrow in person, by contacting the Charlotte circulation desk at email@example.com, or by using the contact form.
A maximum of six books may be requested via phone or Email. Students should provide their contact information (address, phone, email address, student ID number) and pertinent information for the books requested (author, title, call number). Requests without the proper call number will not be honored.
Ockenga, Semlink, and Doctor of Ministry students living at a distance may also borrow by mail by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, or by using the contact form.
In each case, the limit is six items outside Lindsell Library at a time.
De-selection (that is, removal of items from the collection)
An item may be removed from the Lindsell Library collection for the following reasons: It is beyond repair, irrelevant to theological education, at an intellectual level too low to be helpful to graduate students, or offensive to commonly held morality and without significant social value. It should be kept in mind that this is a graduate academic institution which presents its patrons with a variety of views on theology, ethics, social issues, politics, etc. Items in the collection may contain ideas, descriptions, or visual material distasteful to some (even many) patrons. This distaste may be more prevalent in connection with cultic material, fiction, and video recordings.
A patron or staff member may present a case in writing to the director of the library explaining why an item should be removed. The director will make a decision. If the issue is ambiguous, s/he will usually do so in consultation with the staff and/or the academic dean. In no case may an item be removed without it being returned to the library.
Special Library Services:
Reference services are provided by the Lindsell Library director and
other members of the library staff. Feel free to seek help.
Lindsell Library has a number of carrels available to Gordon-Conwell
students on a first-come, first-serve basis. At times the library staff will use downstairs
carrels for exam proctoring and may ask you to move if the carrel is needed for that
Photocopiers are located on both levels of the library. The price is 10
cents per copy. The photocopiers will make change. Scanning is free. A microform reader/printer is located in the library office (copies 10 cents per page). Please take care not to damage material being photocopied.
Faculty, students, and staff of Gordon-Conwell may use all the libraries in the Charlotte Theological Library Consortium. To view the catalogs of member institutions and find directions to member libraries, please consult the following webpage: www.atla.com/ctlc.ctlc.html
The Lindsell Library currently does not offer InterLibrary (ILL) loan services. Students are encouraged to use the ILL services at their local public library. For certain requests, the Library Director will consult with ILL services at Goddard Library, the main Gordon-Conwell library located in S. Hamilton, Massachusetts.
Your cooperation is much appreciated!
Please do not re-shelve books.
All library materials that users wish to borrow must be checked out at the circulation desk.
Library users must maintain quiet on the second floor.
Library users are welcome to use private computers in the library. They are to be operated quietly and with minimal distraction. Computers are in the library at the owner's own risk.
Take special care not to mark or damage library materials. Underscoring can be particularly distracting for subsequent readers. No food and drink including water in the library. Insect and rodent infestation could be damaging to collection materials.
Bare feet are not allowed by law.
Cell phones should not be used out of common courtesy for fellow patrons. Users who receive a cell phone call while in the library should step outside into the rotunda.