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2021/22 Book Pickup: Home

Instructions and information on requesting library materials during 2021/22 COVID operations.

Summer 2021 Materials Circulation

At this time, book circulation is only available to PTS faculty, staff, and students. Walk-in checkout has been paused. All other circulating books and AV materials must be requested ahead, and will be pulled by staff and made available for pickup in the library lobby on a bi-weekly basis. Please read below for instructions and information on obtaining books, course reserves, and print journal articles. Questions? Contact twoo@pts.edu

Journal and Reference Scans

  • At this time our print journal collection and reference collection are only accessible to library staff. PTS students, faculty, and staff can request PDF scans of print journal articles and limited sections of reference books.

  • Submit scanning requests to reference@pts.edu. Please be specific and accurate in your citation information to ensure that you receive the appropriate materials.

  • Scans will be delivered electronically via email.

  • The amount that can be scanned from a given reference book is limited by copyright law. A librarian will contact you if your request cannot be filled because of copyright limitations.

Requesting Books and Other Materials

  • Books are available to PTS faculty, staff, and current students through a twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays) request-ahead pickup service in the library lobby. Requests will be available by 11 a.m. Requested books will be in the library lobby in paper bags labeled by name. Books do not have to be picked up on the day they become available. They will remain on the lobby pickup table for seven days.

  • Only those who receive a green checkmark from the LiveSafe app may come to campus. To gain entry to the lobby for book pickup, swipe your OneCard badge on the post outside the library doors.

  • All requests for materials must be emailed to reference@pts.edu by 9 a.m. on the desired pickup day. Requests made after 9 a.m. will roll over to the next checkout day’s queue. Please include correct title and author information in your request so we can ensure you get the right materials.

  • A maximum of 10 items may be requested per checkout day. Requests can be placed for circulating AV materials (CDs, DVDs, etc.) as well as books from the stacks and course reserve books.

  • Check the library catalog to check the status of the item you want. Titles with copies that are available can be requested. Requests for titles with the Location/Status "CHECKED OUT" will not be filled.

  • All books should be returned via the interior or exterior library books drops. These drops will be emptied on a staggered schedule.  As such, if a book is returned on the day it is due and it sits in the drop for a day or two, you may receive an overdue notice or have daily fines assessed. These fines will be expunged once the item is checked in without any action required by the borrower.

Course Reserves

  • Course reserve books can be checked out via the book request procedure detailed in Requesting Books and Other Materials. All course reserves will be due back in 3 days.

  • To see the titles on reserve for a given class, visit the library catalog and select one of the Course Reserves options from the dropdown menu that defaults to Keyword. The "By Course" option uses the course number, i.e. CH 110.

  • All books should be returned via the interior or exterior library books drops. These drops will be emptied on a staggered schedule.  As such, if a book is returned on the day it is due and it sits in the drop for a day or two, you may receive an overdue notice or have daily fines assessed. These fines will be expunged once the item is checked in without any action required by the borrower.

User Services Librarian

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Tisha Woo
Contact:
Clifford E. Barbour Library
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
616 N. Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412-924-1356