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Austen K. DeBlois Library Circulation Policies

Borrowing Privileges

All currently enrolled students, faculty, current adjunct faculty, staff, and alumni/ae of Palmer Seminary, as well as current students and faculty of Eastern University, may borrow library materials at no charge. Students of CUTS and SEPTLA- and TCLC-member institutions have limited borrowing privileges with a valid ID and borrowing letter from their sponsoring school. Members of the general public, including local clergy, who desire borrowing privileges may become Friends of the Library for an annual fee of $25. The Library reserves the right to revoke borrowing privileges.

The Library's borrowing policy for Palmer patrons is as follows:


  • MTS, MDiv, DMIN: 4 weeks, limit of 15 books, one renewal
  • ESCM, Priscilla Institute: 4 weeks, limit of 5 books, one renewal
  • Non-matriculating/Auditing: 4 weeks, limit of 3 books, one renewal


  • All full-time and adjunct: 90 days, no limit on books, one renewal


  • Alumni, Staff, Friend of the Library:  4 weeks, limit of 10 books, one renewal
  • SEPTLA, CUTS, TCLC:  4 weeks, limit of 3 books, one renewal


  • All Patrons:  1 week, limit of 2 items, no renewals


  • 4 hours,* limit of 2 items, one renewal

*Overnight after 6PM on a week night or weekends after 3 PM on Fridays. Materials due by noon the next business day.

Requesting Books

The unified online catalog of Eastern University Libraries may be accessed either through the deBlois Library webpage or the Warner Library webpage. Palmer and EU-affiliated patrons may log in with their Eastern University ID number and request books by clicking "Place Hold" for titles they would like. Books will be retrieved periodically throughout the day. (Books cannot be retrieved during evening hours or on Saturdays.) Please allow at least 4 hours for books to be retrieved.

Library Cards

The E-card is used for library transactions for Seminary students, staff and faculty. Students must have their library privileges updated each semester by presenting a valid E-card.

Individuals claiming SEPTLA, CUTS, or TCLC affiliation must present a borrowing letter and valid ID from their institution. Palmer alumni and Friends of the Library will be issued library cards.

There are no check-outs without a valid E-card, ID, or library card. NO EXCEPTIONS. Lending your E-card or library card to another individual may result in the permanent loss of library privileges. A replacement fee of $3.00 will be assessed for a lost library card. Lost E-cards must be replaced by Student Services at St. Davids.

Borrower Responsibilities

The borrower is responsible for the books borrowed. Do not lend borrowed items to another person. Items that are not returned or are returned damaged (this includes underlining, highlighting, etc.) are the responsibility of the borrower. If a book is already damaged when you are checking it out, please bring it to the attention of the circulation attendant.


Borrowers are fined 25 cents per overdue item per day for business days only, i.e., whenever the Library is open. The overdue fine for Reserve materials is 50 cents per hour. Maximum fine is $20.00 per item. Overdue items should be returned to a Library staff member, not put in the book drop. Fine for late return on recalls is $1.00 per day. Overdue notices are distributed by email at regular intervals. Fines must be paid before additional items may be borrowed.

Lost or Damaged Items

The full replacement cost (determined by the Library) will be assessed for all lost items and those damaged by highlighting, pen marks and extensive pencilling, water/liquid stains, and torn pages.  The Library will not accept a purchased replacement in lieu of the replacement cost of damaged materials.


All books, regardless of loan period, are subject to recall. If a book is recalled, it must be returned within seven days of the dated recall notice. The fine for late return on recalls is $1.00 per day. This applies to all borrowers.

SEPTLA Reciprocal Borrowing

Palmer Theological Seminary is a member of SEPTLA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association), which supports cooperation between theological libraries of the tri-state area. Palmer students (degree programs only) who wish to use a SEPTLA library and borrow materials must request a letter from the Library staff. A separate letter is required for each institution and for each semester. Students must present the letter and their valid E-card at the SEPTLA library when they check out. The SEPTLA library will keep the letter on file. Palmer students must abide by the circulation rules of each SEPTLA library they visit.

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