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Circulation Policy

Library Cards
WARNER LIBRARY

The E-card issued to all members of the Eastern Community serves as a library card for the purpose of borrowing materials. This card must be presented in order to borrow materials. We do not participate in ACCESS PA.

Retired faculty will have access to all Eastern University Library resources. They must retain their EU ID number (000)xxx xxx.

Eastern University Alumni, will be issued a guest card, if not already in Warner library’s library system. Alumni may borrow books and use any of our databases while on campus. Alumni do not have access to our subscription databases off campus, or use of the Interlibrary Loan tools. Alumni may not borrow media materials.

Courtesy library guest cards are issued to outside users including cooperating institutions listed:

  • Area Clergy located in Philadelphia and surrounding counties. Please check with library director if uncertainty.
  • Center for Urban Theological Studies (CUTS)
  • Lancaster Bible College
  • Messiah College
  • Westminster Theological Seminary
  • Faculty affiliated with PALCI
  • TCLC, Tri-State College Library Cooperative*

*We are one of the founding libraries of TCLC, the Tri-State College Library Cooperative, a Delaware Valley cooperative of over 44 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey.  Letters of introduction are required for any of our patrons wanting to borrow material directly from other TCLC libraries. Such a letter is available from any librarian on request.

In the wider community, those who are 18 or older and not otherwise associated with Eastern or a cooperating institution can obtain borrowing privileges by joining the Friends of the Library. This includes Radnor Township residents and patrons living within the 4 county region – Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Chester Counties. Joining the friends would give patrons book borrowing privileges and use of Warner Library.

DE BLOIS LIBRARY

The E-card issued to all members of the Eastern Community serves as a library card for the purpose of borrowing materials. Palmer students must have their library privileges updated each semester by presenting a validated ID.

Students of CUTS and SEPTLA- and TCLC-member institutions have limited borrowing privileges with a valid ID and borrowing letter from their sponsoring school. The borrowing letter serves as library card and will be kept on file for the semester.

Library cards are issued to Seminary alumni, who no longer have their ID, and Friends of the Library. Members of the general public, including local clergy, who desire borrowing privileges, may become Friends of the DeBlois Library for an annual fee of $25.

There are no checkouts without the patron’s validated ID or library card. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Lending a library card or ID 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 IDs must be replaced by Auxiliary Services.

Circulation Periods

Materials may be borrowed from the collection for differing periods, depending on the material and the patron’s status. Reference books and print periodicals do not circulate outside the libraries. E-Z Borrow books are permitted only one renewal. EZ Borrow books may not be used by faculty for course Reserves; nor by students for course textbooks. The library reserves the right to refuse processing any book requests via interlibrary loan due to inappropriate content.

Eastern University – Warner Library, Falls Center

BOOKS

Undergraduate, Graduate Students 4 weeks, limit of 40 books, 1 renewal
Faculty 90 days, unlimited number of books, 1 renewal
Staff 4 weeks, limit of 15 books, 1 renewal
Alumni 4 weeks, limit of 10 books, 1 renewal
Outside (Friends, Cooperating institutions)         4 weeks, limit of 10 books, no renewals

MEDIA

Audiobooks      4 weeks, limit of 3 total media items, 1 renewal
CDs 1 week, limit of 3 total media items, no renewals
DVD & VHS 1 week, limit of 3 total media items, no renewals
  • Students may check out 3 non-book media of each type (3 DVDs, 3 CDs, etc.).
  • Media is not available for interlibrary loan--either lending or borrowing.

RESERVE MATERIALS

  • 2-3 hour loan time as specified by faculty
  • Limit of 3 items, may renew if no one else needs it
  • Materials must stay in the library
  • EZ Borrow books may not be used by faculty for course Reserves

MOBILE DEVICES (All EU patrons) 

Equipment lending services are available to currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff of the University with a valid patron account in good standing.

Any eligible person wanting to borrow equipment must complete the Equipment Borrower’s Agreement. The agreement is valid for the duration of the Academic Year in which it is completed. Borrowers shall complete one form per Academic Year.

  • Only one piece of equipment may be checked out at a time.
  • Loan time varies per type of equipment.
  • Most equipment cannot be renewed due to high demand.

**See Equipment Lending Policy and Agreement for more detailed information.

DeBlois Library (Palmer Theological Seminary)

Materials may be borrowed from the collection for differing periods, depending on the material and the patron’s status.

BOOKS

Students in MTS, M-Div, D-Min     4 weeks, limit of 15 books, 1 renewal
ESCM Certification Program Students     4 weeks, limit of 5 books, 1 renewal
Priscilla Institute Students 4 weeks, limit of 5 books, 1 renewal
Non-matriculating Students 4 weeks, limit of 5 books, 1 renewal
Friend 4 weeks, limit of 10 books, 1 renewal
Staff 4 weeks, limit of 10 books, 1 renewal
Alumni  4 weeks, limit of 10 books, 1 renewal
Faculty 90 days, no limit on books, 1 renewal
SEPTLA, CUTS, TCLC 4 weeks, limit of 3 books, 1 renewal

 MEDIA

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

RESERVE MATERIALS: 4 hours or overnight*

*Overnight is defined as- after 6PM on a week night, or after 3PM on Fridays. Materials due by Noon the next business day.

The Helen S. Cramer Curriculum Library

BOOKS

All borrowers: 14 days, limit of 20 books, 1 renewal

MEDIA

All Patrons: 7 days, limit of 5 items, 1 renewal

RESERVE MATERIALS

3 Hr. loan time, limit of 1 item, no renewals

Patron Fines for Overdue Materials
Eastern University – Warner Library, Falls Center, DeBlois Library

If a library fine is not paid by the end of the semester, fines will be charges against the student's regular school bill. Overdue notices are sent as soon as material is overdue; failure to receive the notice does not excuse the borrower from responsibility. Overdue materials will eventually be considered lost and full replacement costs will be charged to the patron's account (see Lost or Damages Materials Section).

Books: The overdue book fine is $0.25 per day, including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Deblois library fines accumulate on all days except Sunday and holidays. Maximum fines reach $20.00 per item.

Media: Fines for audio visual materials also accrue at $0.25 per day, including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Deblois library fines accumulate on all days except Sunday and holidays. Maximum fines reach $20.00 per item.

Reserves: Fines for overdue reserve materials are $0.50 per hour, including hours the Library is closed. Deblois library fines accumulate on all days except Sunday and holidays. Maximum fine reserve items is $20.00 per item.

Interlibrary Loan: Fines for unreturned interlibrary loan books are $2.00 per day, with a maximum fine of $80.00 per item payable to Eastern University. Penalty fee for lost interlibrary loans will be $80.00 per item. Interlibrary loan fines and fees will be levied against students, faculty, and administrators.

E-Z Borrow Book: Any patron losing a book borrowed from another library incurs special charges. The library charges an initial penalty fee of $80.00. Any and all charges from the lending library (variable) are added to that amount and billed through student accounts. Interlibrary Loan and E-Z Borrow fines and fees are levied against all patrons.

Mobile Devices*: Late fees for returning equipment late shall apply to all who borrow equipment. This includes students, faculty and staff. Overdue fines are $25.00 per day with a maximum fine of $100.00. Failing to abide by the mobile device policy will result in prohibiting borrowing privileges for the duration of the academic year.Charges that are accrued as a result of loss or damage of equipment will be sent to Student Accounts and may prevent you (student) from registering for classes, from obtaining diploma/transcript(s) and/or graduating until paid in full. *Only EU patrons.

The Helen S. Cramer Curriculum Library

No fines charged for any of the materials.

Lost or Damaged Items
Warner Library, Falls Center

For lost items, the Warner Library will charge patrons as follows:

Hardback book $60.00
Paperback book $30.00
DVD/VHS Materials $30.00
CD (Music or Audiobook) $25.00
Interlibrary Loan Books / EZ Borrow        $80.00 plus charges from the lending institution

Mobile Devices

Damage to equipment and peripherals shall result in a charge to cover repair. Cost is determined by nature of repair. Replacement costs are listed in chart.

Equipment Type     Replacement Cost    
Google Chrome Book     $300.00
iPad Mini $350.00
Samsung Tablet $300.00
Netbook $250.00
Laptop $500.00
Power Supply $50.00
DeBlois Library (Palmer Theological Seminary)

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

The Helen S. Cramer Curriculum Library

Patrons are charged replacement value of lost/damaged materials. There is also an option that patron can purchase and replace their lost/damaged materials.

Library House Rules
Warner Library, Falls Center

Food and beverages are allowed in the library. Please keep beverages covered with a lid and clean up after eating. Please place all trash in trash bins located throughout the library.

Please mute your cellphones when working in the library. If you need to take a call, please step outside the library.

Make sure all library debts are paid for before graduation. If not, receipt of your diploma may be delayed.

Patrons should be considerate of others who are using the Library.

DeBlois Library (Palmer Theological Seminary)

Food and beverages are discouraged in the Library beyond the Circulation Desk. Patrons are responsible for any damage to library materials and furniture due to food/beverage spills.

Beepers, cell phones and other noisy electronic devices must be put on "vibrate mode" in the Library. It is encouraged to please take calls outside the library premise.

No diploma or transcript will be issued until all borrowed material has been returned to the Library and all fines paid.

Patrons should be considerate of others who are using the Library.

All Eastern Affiliated Institutions
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.

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