Lindsell Circulation Policies

  • 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, Library Guest Card, or ID card from a consortial institution. 

  • Guest Cards 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 a guest card please contact the library by email

  • Circulating books: 25 items, 28 days (located on second floor)

  • Reserve items: 1 item, 7 days (located on first floor behind circulation desk)

  • VHS & DVD's: (located on first floor)
    • All VHS must be viewed in the library. 
    • Integrative Seminar DVDs - limit 4 at a time for 28 days.
    • Reference DVD's - cannot be checked out. 
    • All other DVDs - limit 2 at a time for 14 days. 
  • Cassettes & CD's: 7 days (Maximum of 5 out at any one time)

  • Reference, Periodical, Thesis Collection, Cooley, Microform, and Vertical File: for use only in the library. Page scanning and copying is available (All are located on first floor).

  • Theses loans: Students writing approved theses may check out circulating books for 6 months. After the first 28 days, the books may be recalled by another patron. 

  • Inter-Library Loans: a service offered only to Hamilton students. For loan requests complete the contact form

  • Renewals of Lindsell Library items may be requested by e-mail, phone, online, or the contact form ( / 704.940.5822 / contact form).

  • You will need to provide the circulation staff with a list of all items to be renewed, along with their call numbers. You can also renew your books online (instructions given below).

  • Please note the following renewal periods:

    • Circulating books: up to three renewals of 28 days each if book has not been recalled or has a hold. 
    • Reserve items: NO renewals
    • Videos & DVD's: NO renewals
    • Cassettes & CD's: 7 days
    • Thesis loans: two renewals of only 28 days each.

How to renew online: 

  1. Go to the Library Catalog:
  2. Click the "My Account" link. Enter your Patron / Alternate ID Number. (For students the student ID number. For guests and BibleJourney students the library card number) 
  3. Enter your PIN (For students the last 4 digits of the student ID number. For BibleJourney students the last 5 digits of the library card number) 
  4. Click the Submit Request button.
  5. Click the "Current Loans" button in the left menu to display a list of items you have checked out.
  6. Review the list of items you have out and put a check next to the ones you would like to renew.
  7. Click the "Renew" button at the top of the list. The screen will reload, indicating the new due dates, and showing the message "Item(s) have been renewed."
  • Items professors deem important are placed on reserve. These materials are kept behind the circulation desk and need to be requested for check out. All items are listed on the library catalog (see here). 
  • A hold may be placed on an item that has already been checked out by another patron. The current borrower is under no obligation to return the until the end of their first loan period. Placing a hold will, however, prevent the current borrower from renewing the item. 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.

  • Only current students, faculty and staff may place a hold. Hold request forms are available at the circulation desk for those who qualify. Eligible patrons can also place hold requests online. To monitor or cancel a hold, log into your Library account. (See above for log-in instructions.)


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