Lindsell Manual

Philosophy || Mission || Collection || Syllabi || Circulation Policies || Replacements || Cooperation || Donations

Welcome to the Harold Lindsell Library!

The library exists to serve the Gordon-Conwell, Charlotte community, but it is open for internal use by the general public as well. Lindsell Library is designed to support the training of theological students from an evangelical perspective. Collecting areas include philosophy of religion, biblical studies, church history, theology, Christian ethics, pastoral ministry, world missions, evangelism, and counseling and psychology. Special attention is given to the evangelical tradition, especially in the American South.

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.

Harold Lindsell Library's underlying principle is one of service to library users in the context of careful management of resources for the sake of the whole Gordon-Conwell community. This principle permeates the library's policies, guidelines, procedures, and individual arrangements.

Mission of the Gordon-Conwell Library program.

July 1988; Revision as submitted to President Cooley, January 3, 1991. With minor adjustments, May 20, 1993. The mission of the Gordon-Conwell library program is:
1. To serve as a partner with the faculty in the educational endeavor of the seminary by making available for access academic information (in all formats) and by providing sources related to the world of preserved information. In this context, the library program is especially intended:

a. To support the curriculum of Gordon-Conwell, particularly as broadly understood--that is, in terms of its consistent and long-range thrust. And,

b. To enable both students and faculty to achieve a higher level of theological learning and study than is possible through the classroom and textbooks or indeed even through the whole of curricular study for a degree, and to expose them to valuable information which might otherwise be missed.
2. In conjunction with other theological libraries, to serve as an ecclesiastical resource--in that context, aiding the mission of the church, assisting its leaders in grappling both with Christianity's intellectual challenges in the world and with the church's internal theological debates, and providing those leaders with or guiding them to information of practical use in church work.
3. As a participant in the world of libraries, to play its part in the conservation of culture and to act as a resource for scholarship generally, by filling its distinctive niche and by building on its particular configuration of special interests according to the seminary's traditions, geographical locations, and long-term commitments and goals.
4. To play its part in networks of information access, at least to the degree that this is balanced with the Gordon-Conwell library program's use of those networks.
5. Creatively to stimulate, facilitate, and contribute to scholarship insofar as this is a natural extension of other elements of its mission.
6. To discharge relational responsibilities, e.g., to Gordon College, to the Boston Theological Institute, [to the Carolinas Theological Library Consortium] and to the American Theological Library Association. The Gordon-Conwell libraries consist not just of bricks, mortar, and informational materials, but just as essentially of their staffs, which means that any one of the libraries is not just a repository of information but a living, vital, interactive, service-oriented organism; and its mission should be understood that way.

How to find what you are looking for.

Books (including theses and microforms) The OPAC is accessible at any time via the internet ( 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

Special Collections

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.

The Robert C. Cooley Collection of Biblical Archaeology and Early Christianity. Named after the deceased son of President Emeritus Robert E. Cooley. The collection contains over 30,000 volumes and is designed for advanced students in biblical studies and Christian thought as well as for researchers in the fields of biblical archaeology and early Christianity.
The Ben Witherington Biblical Studies Collection: Books, manuscripts and papers from the Professor of New Testament Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and one of the most important evangelical biblical scholars of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
The SIM Collection in World Missions and Intercultural Studies: Over 100 years old, SIM has engaged in missions work in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The collection consists of approximately 3,600 volumes related to the study of world missions and intercultural studies.
The David A. Dean Collection in Eschatological Studies: Approximately 400 volumes of books and periodicals related to the study of eschatology by the former Berkshire Professor of Advent Christian Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
These collections have come to the Lindsell Library over the past 12 years, and almost all books in these four collections have been Cataloged and shelved. The Witherington Collection also includes over 20 boxes of biblical and theological journals and two cabinets of papers and manuscripts currently housed on the first floor of the library. 
For access, see the Director of the Library. Some materials may be unavailable because of confidentiality or because they may yet be in process of organization.


Current course syllabi are available on the Gordon-Conwell Charlotte Registration website.
Theses. Gordon-Conwell Doctor of Ministry theses have been cataloged and are
listed in the OPAC. Most of those bound and printed since 1995 are available for inlibrary
use and are located next to the reference section.

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

  • 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

Circulating books: 

  • 25 items, 28 days for Gordon-Conwell borrowers (Faculty, Staff, and Students). 
  • 5 items, 21 days for Guests and GCTS Alumni. 

Approved Thesis 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. 

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.

InterLibrary Loan:

  • 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. 

Renewal Options

  • Renewals of Lindsell Library items may be requested using one of these methods: 

Renewal Periods

(All library owned items are subject to recall after their lending period has ended)

  • Circulating books:
    • 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. 

New Log-in information: Library account username and passwords are now the same used for other Gordon-Conwell services (SAKAI, CAMS, and email). When your password changes, the updated password must be used here.  

Once you have logged into your library account you will be able to view borrowed items, contact information, and books on hold.

To renew one or more items, click the Renew button. 

Account Log-in and Renewal Help

For log-in issues try logging into SAKAI or CAMS before contacting us. If its working there but not for your library account we can assist with troubleshooting. 

Renewal requests are denied for a number of reasons including renewal limits, hold requests, fines, account issues, or system errors.  

Please contact the library for log-in or renewal concerns. 

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'.  
  • Search Examples:
    • Course name: Managing Conflict
    • Instructor: Cooper
    • Department: Counseling
    • Prefix: CL640

Holds Explained

  • 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. 

Recalled items

  • 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

Viewing Items on Hold

  • 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, 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, 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.
Other Libraries
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:
InterLibrary Loan
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.

Donations of gift books and journals:

Lindsell Library is glad to receive donations of books. We reserve the right to determine which gift books should be cataloged into the library collection. Some books may be transferred to one of the other Gordon-Conwell libraries in need of those particular titles. Books not deemed appropriate for the collection are placed on the sale table on the first floor, or donated to other non-profit agencies. Gifts of any kind are acknowledged. If an
appraisal is needed for tax purposes, by law it must be made by an outside party before the donation is made. Gordon-Conwell subscribes to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Standards of Responsible Stewardship. It states that Property or gifts in kind received by an organization should be acknowledged
describing the property or gift accurately without a statement of the gift's market value. It is the responsibility of the donor to determine the fair market value of the property for tax purposes. The organization should inform the donor of IRS reporting requirements for all gifts in excess of $5,000.
Donors are referred to IRS Publication 448, Federal Estate and Gift Taxes; Publication 526, Charitable Contributions; and most especially Publication 561, Determining the Value of Donated Property (rev. 2000; see Gordon-Conwell is thankful for the participation of donors in helping to promote the mission of the library!