Bishop Payne Library
Services

Borrowing

All borrower's cards are issued as a privilege, not a right, and the Library reserves the right to deny, suspend, or revoke a card at any time for any reason.

Renewals: Items may be renewed once, and may be renewed online or by phone as long as the items are not overdue. If you have overdue materials or outstanding fines, you must return the overdue items and clear all fines or blocks on your record before being allowed further borrowing privileges or renewals.

Overdues and Recalls: Overdue fines are 10c per item per day for circulating items, and 25c per hour for reserve items. The Library reserves the right to recall any item at any time. Patrons are expected to return recalled items within five days. Fines on recalled items are $5 per day after the five day period.

Questions about borrowing privileges may be directed to the library staff at paynelib@vts.edu.

Borrowing Privileges at Bishop Payne Library

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  • Visitors

    Visitors are welcome to use the collections of the Bishop Payne Library for theological research on an in-house basis. Visitors are asked to register at the circulation desk at the beginning of each visit. Use of the Library is a privilege, not a right, and the Library reserves the right to revoke that privilege at any time for any reason.
  • The VTS Community

    Members of the VTS Community automatically have borrowing privileges and may obtain a library card at the library circulation desk. Trustees, staff, students, student & faculty spouses/partners, and Evening School students may borrow books from the circulating collection for a four-week period. Faculty members may borrow circulating materials until the end of the academic year, subject to recall if needed by another member of the VTS Community. Adjunct instructors may borrow circulating materials until the end of the semester, subject to recall if needed by another member of the VTS Community.
  • VTS Alumni and Alumnae

    One of the privileges of your degree from VTS is life-time borrowing privileges at the Bishop Payne Library. The library will loan alumni/ae up to five books at a time for a four-week period. If you are not local to the metropolitan Washington DC area and reside in the continental U.S., the library will send books to you via UPS. Make your request by email paynelib@vts.edu or phone: (703) 461-1733. The library will pay shipping to get the books to you; the alumnus/a pays the shipping costs to return them. The library is not able to place holds or borrow items from other libraries via interlibrary loan for alumni/ae.
  • Washington Theological Consortium Faculty and Students

    Washington Theological Consortium patrons must register for a library card by presenting a WTC Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement Form filled out by their home library and a photo identification, preferably a current student ID. Library cards are validated one semester at a time, and a WTC Borrowing Form is required each semester. Consortium patrons may borrow up to ten books at a time for a four-week period.
  • Local Clergy

    Local clergy may apply for a borrowers card at the library. Clergy cards are issued as a professional courtesy to local ordained ministers of any denomination. Those who wish to request borrowing privileges need to fill out a "Clergy Borrowing Application Form" at the circulation desk. Episcopal clergy may request borrowing privileges without a letter of reference. Clergy of other denominations need to present a letter of reference from your church judicatory or hiring official verifying ordination, along with the application form. Local clergy borrowers may check out up to five items at a time for a four-week period. Clergy cards are for personal use and are not transferable to any other user. The library is not able to place holds or borrow items from other libraries via interlibrary loan for clergy patrons.
  • Christian Educators

    A person (a) professionally employed 10 hours per week or more as a Christian educator or (b) a person with a degree in Christian education who is serving a local parish or congregation may apply for a borrower’s card at the library. “Local” is defined as: Alexandria City, Fairfax County, Arlington County, or the District of Columbia. No more than two Christian educators from a parish or congregation will be eligible for BPL borrowing privileges at a time. Those who wish to request borrowing privileges need to fill out a “Christian Educator Borrowing Application Form", obtainable at the Bishop Payne Library circulation desk and on the website. A letter on business stationary from the rector, pastor, or head minister of the parish or congregation must accompany the application for borrowing privileges a) verifying the person’s eligibility and (b) verifying that the parish will pay replacement costs for any library materials not returned by their Christian educator. Applications must be approved by the BPL Head Librarian or the BPL Public Services Librarian. Christian educators are not eligible for borrowing at BPL if they are currently enrolled at any other educational institution. Christian Educator cards are for personal use and are not transferable to any other user. The library is not able to place holds or borrow items from other libraries via interlibrary loan for Christian Educator patrons. This policy will be in effect for a trial period during the 2008-09 academic year.
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