Library Mission Statement
The mission of the library is to provide services and assistance that will: support students in the development of skills necessary for their effective performance in and positive adjustment to the learning environment; and support faculty and staff in the improvement of classroom teaching and other instructional activities.
To acquire materials (print and non-print) that will support the curriculum of Trinity Bible College and contribute effectively to the instructional program
To provide appropriate and adequate service to all its users
To maintain the collection of materials so that it is readily accessible to members of the college community
To stimulate, encourage or give instruction in the use of the library’s bibliographic tools so that the user may acquire and develop life-long patterns of learning to aid in future study and research
Student Library Cards
Students are issued TBC ID/library cards at registration time of their first semester at Trinity Bible College and they are valid until graduation or withdrawal from Trinity. A current TBC ID/library card must be presented to check out materials or use reserve items. Use of a TBC ID/library card to check out material constitutes an agreement to comply with all policies and conditions in the library handbook.
Faculty and Administrator Library Cards
Faculty and administrators are issued TBC ID/library cards upon employment by Trinity Bible College. Upon departure (in good standing) from the college, faculty or administrators may request to have their library privileges extended.
Staff Library Cards
Trinity Staff are issued TBC ID/library cards upon employment by Trinity Bible College. Staff members must present their cards when checking out material. Upon departure (in good standing) from the college, staff members may request to have their library privileges extended.
Family Member Library Cards
Any student, faculty, administrator or staff may request additional library cards for immediate family members. The student, faculty, administrator or staff is responsible for any charges incurred with the use of these cards. These cards are valid only as long as the student retains student status and the faculty, administrator or staff is employed by Trinity Bible College.
Local Patron Individual Library Cards
Local patrons may purchase an individual library card for $5.00. A current e-mail address must be provided when obtaining a card. The card is good for one year from issue date.
Local Patron Family Library Cards
Local patrons may purchase a family library card for $10.00. A current e-mail address must be provided when obtaining a card. The card is good for one year from issue date. Additional library cards may be requested for family members. The adult who purchases the card is responsible for any charges incurred with the use of these additional cards.
Four (4) Week Loan Notices
When material is not returned by the day after the due date, second, third, and final overdue notices are then sent over the course of the next 30 days or until the material is returned.
Seven (7) Day, Reserve and Overnight Loan Notices
When material is not returned by the day after the due date, a final overdue notice is sent the following morning.
Patrons are encouraged to renew their material online before the due date. A 24-hour waiting period is required before returned overdue material can be checked out by the same patron. The material must be returned to the library and will be re-shelved.
Most material can be returned in the book drop near the library entrance or the drop box at the circulation desk; however, videos and overnight material must be returned to the circulation desk. Do not return library material through the Trinity post office.
ILL Loan Notices
When ILL material is not returned by the day after the due date, second and final overdue notices are then sent over the next two weeks or until the material is returned.
Fall & Spring Terms End of Semester Loan Notices
Courtesy loan notices are distributed via e-mail the first day of finals. Any material not returned by 5:00 p.m. on the last day of finals will be considered lost.
X-Treme Week Loan Notices
Courtesy loan notices are distributed via e-mail Friday morning of X-Treme Week. Any material checked out by students during X-Treme Week has regular checkout loan periods.
May & June Terms Loan Notices
Courtesy loan notices are distributed via e-mail the day before finals. Any material not returned by 5:00 p.m. on the day of finals will be considered lost.
Overdue material not returned by 5:00pm the day a final notice is sent is considered lost, the Business Office is notified, and a bill for replacement costs is sent to the student the following morning.
When material is considered lost, a non-refundable $5.00 per item penalty and no less than a $50.00 per item replacement charge is placed on the student’s account If the material is returned or replaced with a copy of equal or greater value within 30 days of the billing notice, the replacement charges will be reversed.
Library Account Blocks
Blocks are removed from student library accounts after lost material is returned, replaced with a copy of equal or greater value or charges have been paid to Student Accounts. All charges must be paid at the Business Office.
Withholding of Grades
A student’s grades, transcripts and/or diploma are held until overdue material is returned, replaced with a copy of equal or greater value or charges are paid to Student Accounts.
Upon entering the library, cell phones, pagers and similar electronic devices should be set to non-audible signals. Patrons are asked to conduct cell phone conversations outside the library. There is no restriction on text messaging and is suggested as an alternative to voice messages. Inappropriate cell phone use can be reported to library personnel at the circulation desk. The library reserves the right to ask anyone to leave the library if he/she is using a cell phone, pager or disturbing others in the library. Signs conveying this policy are posted throughout the library.
Items left in the libray will be held for 24 hours at the library. If unclaimed after 24 hours the items will be taken to the campus Lost & Found in the Post Office.
Children in the Library
All children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult or responsible caregiver at all times. Unattended children 8 years of age and over are free to utilize the library, provided their behavior is not disruptive to other patrons or staff members. Parents will be contacted when a child is disruptive, uses library resources inappropriately, or damages library materials or equipment. The computer lab on the lower level is off-limits to children. Adult students, faculty or staff may not log children in to use these computers.
The bulletin board near the entrance of the library is available for posting Trinity related announcements. Organizations engaged in educational, cultural, intellectual, or charitable activities may also post items on this bulletin board. It is not intended for solicitation purposes. All announcements on this board must be dated and approved by the Library Director or Library Administrative Assistant. The Graham Library does not advocate or endorse the viewpoints of exhibits or exhibitors. Display material may not exceed 11” X 17” in size. Dated material will be removed the day following the event. Undated material will be removed after 30 days.
The bulletin board at the top of the stairs on the main level provides current library information. Check this board for library hours, basic library policies, staff information and library projects. Comments, suggestions, compliments, complaints and ideas may be left in the Comment Box on this board.