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Stitt Library Frequently Asked Questions

About Stitt Library

The David L. and Jane Stitt Library, named in honor of the Seminary's fourth president and his wife, is at the core of the educational enterprise at Austin Seminary. The collection traces its origins to the second half of the nineteenth century, making it one of the oldest and most distinguished seminary libraries west of the Mississippi.

At present the Seminary's collection numbers over 160,000 volumes with excellent holdings in most theological subject areas. Particular strengths are biblical archaeology, biblical studies, early church literature, the continental Reformation, Presbyterianism, and theology. Other well represented areas include religious history, literature, women's studies, minority studies, and pastoral care. In addition, the library's archival holdings contain the records and papers of numerous southwestern presbyteries.

As an added benefit, Austin Seminary students share borrowing privileges with students at The University of Texas (U.T.) and the Seminary of the Southwest. U.T.'s Perry Casteneda Library houses approximately nine million volumes, collecting broadly in many disciplines that support theological study. The Seminary of the Southwest library contains more than one hundred thousand volumes which complement the collection of the Stitt Library.

The atmosphere of the library, with its open stacks, large reading room, and secluded study areas, encourages lively exploration and serious contemplation. A changing series of exhibits and displays make even a short visit to the library a learning experience. Moreover, because the collection is open to the public, the presence of many local ministers and university scholars also contributes to the intellectual activity in the library.

 

Where is Stitt Library located?

The Stitt Library is located on the southwest corner of the Austin Seminary campus. The entrance to the library faces east toward Shelton Chapel. Visitor parking is available for library patrons on the north side of the library. Visitor parking permits are good for three hours and are non-renewable. Pick up a visitor’s parking tag for your car from the circulation desk.

What are the hours for Stitt Library?

Our regular hours for when school is in session are:

Monday-Thursday:
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Friday:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday:
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday:
3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Library hours change when the Seminary is not in session. 

Check the Library website or call 512-404-4879 for library hours.

The library is closed on the following days:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Good Friday
Easter Weekend
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Weekend
Christmas Holidays

How do I contact Stitt Library if I have a question?

You can contact our Public Services Librarian, Lila Parrish at 512-404-4878, or lparrish@austinseminary.edu.

Additional library staff contact information can be found here.

Where can I find floor plans of Stitt Library?

The following floor plans show the layout of Stitt Library, including call number ranges for the shelves on each floor. You can also download these floor plans as a printable PDF file.

Who can borrow books from Stitt Library, how long can they keep them, and how much are fines for overdue books?

Students, faculty, and staff of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary need only show a Seminary identification card to charge out books without costs. Others may purchase a borrower's card for $5 per year.  Seminary students also have reciprocal borrowing privileges at the Seminary of the Southwest and the University of Texas.

The loan period for books is 30 days. The loan period for audio/visual materials is 14 days. Toward the end of each semester, all items are due on a designated date to allow us to clear student records.

Reserve books usually circulate for 3 hour loans unless the professor has requested a different loan period.  3 hours reserves may be charged out overnight beginning 3 hours before closing and are due one hour after the library opens the next day.

Periodicals, reference materials, archival materials, and restricted circulation materials do not circulate.

The Stitt Library offers interlibrary loan services to Seminary students and faculty. Ask the Public Services Librarian for assistance with interlibrary loan requests.

Overdue Fines

Regular books, CDs and DVDs: $.20 per day per item
Reserve materials: $.50 per hour or portion thereof
Late return of recalled item: $1 per day
Students with unresolved overdue books or fines will be prohibited from registering for the next term or graduating. 

How to Renew a Library Book

1. Log on to the Library website using this link:  http://voyager.austinseminary.edu/

Or start at the Seminary website then open the drop-down menu under Stitt Library.  Choose the second option for Library Catalog & Databases. The first link on that page is for the Library Catalog. Either open the Catalog or use the direct link for How to Renew a Library Book.

 

2.  Click on the My Account button (the fourth icon – see below)

Catalog Tabs

3. On the My Account screen you will be instructed:

Please enter your Patron Barcode and Last Name, then click on the Log in button.

 My Account Log in

4.  On the My Account page you will see items you have checked out under Charged Items. 

Click in the box(es) next to the item(s) you want to renew and then click on “Request Renewal”.   

NOTE:  If you have renewed the items already you will not be able to renew them again. Also note that if you have fines over $20 or any other circulation blocks on your library record the renew column will not appear.

My Account Charged Items 

Please contact the Circulation Desk if you have any questions.

How do I find and download e-books?

Check out our separate e-Books FAQ for detailed information on finding, downloading, and using e-books in our collections.

How do I access the ATLA Religion Database?

If you are on campus, please click on the link below:

ATLA Religion Database and TexShare

If you are off campus, log into the portal.  Select the Library Online Resources tab, and ATLA and the other TexShare databases can be found on the Databases page.  

Portal Login

Can I access library databases from my cell phone?

Because you never know when the urge to do academic research will strike, EBSCO now has an interface for mobile devices. You can use most smartphones and tablets to search some of your favorite EBSCOhost databases. The interface features basic searching, viewing and emailing full text articles, and image views.

To get started, go to http://search.ebscohost.mobi/ and enter the EBSCOhost user ID and password (email the circulation desk at circdesk@austinseminary.edu if you need that information). Select EBSCOhost for Mobile Devices at the top of the page. That will move you to the “Choose Databases” screen. There you may select any of the following databases: ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials, Catholic Periodical and Literature Index, Old Testament Abstracts, New Testament Abstracts, Academic Search Complete, or ATLASerials Religion Collection. After selecting one or more databases, you’ll come to a search screen.

Go to http://support.epnet.com/knowledge_base/detail.php?id=4431 to see a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the service. Contact the circulation desk at 512-404-4879 or send an email to libraryiq@austinseminary.edu if you have any questions about EBSCOhost for Mobile Devices, or if you would like to have a specific database added to the “Choose Database” list.

How can I request a book or article through Inter-Library Loan?

Inter-Library Loan is a service that allows you to borrow books from other libraries.

To check out a book using Inter-Library Loan, please visit Lila Parrish at the Stitt Library circulation desk. Or you can send her an email at lparrish@austinseminary.edu . Please indicate in the message that you are interested in an Inter-Library Loan.

Where can I find links to useful theological resources on the Internet?

View a curated collection of theological web resources here.

Can I check out books from the University of Texas?

Stitt Library has a reciprocal borrowing agreement with UT.  You can obtain a free courtesy borrowing card that gives you limited borrowing privileges at most UT libraries and will allow you to use most of the UT databases in one of their libraries on UT's campus. 

Take your APTS seminary ID card to the Perry Casteneda Library on UT’s campus.  It’s on the corner of Speedway and 21st.  Go to the Courtesy Borrowing desk located in the circulation area.  Tell them you are a student at APTS and would like a courtesy borrowing card.  They will make one for you as your wait.  Check their hours before heading over.

For more information about UT's Courtesy Borrowing Program, click here.

Can I have food or drink in the library? What beverage containers are approved for library use?

  1. Drinks may be brought into the library only in approved CLOSED drink containers, i.e., permanent spill-proof mugs or pop-up sport bottles. No disposable containers are allowed. 
  2. Drinks in acceptable containers may be taken only to the following study areas: tables in reference room, tables on the first, second, and third floors, open or closed study carrels.
  3. No drinks are allowed on tables near any computers or other electronic equipment.
  4. Patrons may not take drink containers into the book shelves when retrieving books. Containers should be left in a study area. Patrons may not wander about the building with drinks in hand.
  5. Patrons must report spills immediately to a staff member to minimize the damage to books and other materials affected.
  6. Unattended drink containers in the library at the end of the day will be picked up and discarded.
  7. Patrons may be billed for damaged materials caused by beverage spills.
  8. NO food is allowed in the library. Library users with food or unacceptable drink containers will be asked to dispose of the food and/or drink outside the library.

Can I listen to music while I'm studying at Stitt Library?

  1. As a place of study, Stitt Library seeks to provide a hospitable environment for all its patrons. Traditionally, academic libraries have valued silence. Nevertheless, some persons work better when they are listening to music.
  2. This policy seeks to honor the needs of all library users.
  3. Patrons may use MP3 players, radios, CD players or other personal electronic devices in the library with the following restrictions:
    • Headphones must be used at all times.
    • Levels of sound escaping from headphones must not disturb other patrons. 

Does Stitt Library have study carrels? How can I reserve one?

Stitt Library has both open and closed study carrels for APTS students and faculty. Non-APTS registered patrons may also use open study carrels if some are empty. They must also apply with the public services librarian.

Applications to use the carrels are made available in the Library at the circulation desk on the first day of Fall classes. The application for a closed study carrel must be accompanied with a statement of need for this kind of study space. Assignments will be made by the public service librarian by the end of the first week of classes. The assignments of carrels are made for the length of the school term which ends in the spring.

Use of both open and closed study carrels is reviewed periodically during the term by the public services librarian and they may be reassigned as needed.

There are also nine lockers available by application using the same form, like carrels the lockers are assigned for the duration of the academic term (until the end of the Spring semester).

How can I reserve the group study room and what are the policies for its use?

This study room is available for Austin Presbyterian Theological seminary students, faculty, and staff ONLY. It may be used for 3 hours at a time. Individuals may use the room if a group has not reserved the room.

Those interested in reserving the room for group study can reserve a time at the circulation desk or email libraryiq@austinseminary.edu.

Please arrive on time for your reservation. If a group does not arrive within 15 minutes of the reserved time then another individual or group may reserve the room.

Please keep the room in good order and be considerate of groups who will follow you. Drinks in appropriate containers are allowed (but not on the computer table). Please dispose of trash and be sure to take all personal belongings with you. Library materials that have been brought into the room should be returned to the circulation desk for re-shelving. Return chairs to their proper places and logoff the computer if it was used. Please report any equipment problems to the circulation staff.

While group study involves conversation and collaboration, please maintain a quiet study environment to avoid disturbing other library users.

Policy exemptions or changes may be referred to the Public Services Librarian for consideration. The library reserves the right to change use policies without notice.



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