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Using Stitt Library 



 Library Policies



Stitt Library Access Policy


After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends, only currently enrolled Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Seminary of the Southwest, or Austin Graduate School of Theology students and faculty/staff will have access to the library. Stitt Library is open to all users from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Anyone who is not an Austin Seminary student, faculty member, or staff member who needs to use Stitt Library resources may request evening and weekend privileges by sending an email to the Stitt Library Director, Dr. Timothy Lincoln at: tlincoln@austinseminary.edu

To ensure the safety of library patrons and staff, patrons using Stitt Library after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends are required to present their Austin Seminary or Seminary of the Southwest ID card and to sign a log-in sheet. Other persons granted exceptional access must present a photo ID and a copy of the library director's grant of permission. They must also sign the log-in sheet.



General library policies


  • The following are not permitted in the library: Weapons; sleeping; use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs; begging; soliciting; sales; and animals (except guide dogs and other assistive animals). 
  • Shirt, shoes, and appropriate clothing are required. 
  • Quiet conversation is allowed as long as it does not disturb others. 
  • The seminary does not charge for printing, but we ask you to be courteous and not print an excessive number of pages. (Check with circulation staff if you’re not sure what is excessive). If at all possible email long articles to yourself. 
  • The public computers in the library may not be used for playing games, viewing movies for entertainment, or viewing inappropriate websites (check with circulation staff for clarification). 
  • Library management reserves the right to ask anyone to leave whose behavior is disruptive, is inappropriate for the library environment, or interferes with the use of the library by other patrons.

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Headphone Use


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.

This policy seeks to honor the needs of all library users.

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.

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Interlibrary Loan 


Interlibrary Loan is a service that allows currently enrolled Austin Seminary students, seminary faculty, and seminary staff to get articles and books that aren't available through Stitt Library from other libraries.

If you have searched in Sophi Search and found an article or book that isn’t available in full text online you will see this note on the record:

Click on the link and fill out this form, which will already have the citation information included. The public services librarian will then make the request for you. Note that your APTS ID card # can be found underneath the bar code on your student ID.

Alternatively, if you have a citation for an article or book but can’t find it in our databases, contact our Access and Instruction Librarian, David Schmersal (lparrish@austinseminary.edu). Please indicate in the message that you are interested in an interlibrary loan. Please be aware that this service can take up to two weeks.

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Reciprocal borrowing privileges at other Austin-area libraries



Austin Seminary students have reciprocal borrowing privileges at the Booher Library of the Seminary of the Southwest, which is located near 32nd and Duval, just a few blocks from our campus. Present your seminary ID at their circulation desk to register to use the library. We have a shared library catalog with the Booher Library which makes it easy to see which resources they have.

Stitt Library also has a reciprocal borrowing agreement for Austin Seminary students, faculty, and staff at The University of Texas at Austin libraries. 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 Austin Seminary ID card to the Perry Casteneda Library on UT’s campus on the corner of Speedway and 21st.  Go to the Courtesy Borrowing desk located in the circulation area, and tell them you are a student at Austin Seminary and would like a courtesy borrowing card.

For more information about UT's Courtesy Borrowing Program, contact UT's Borrow Services Department here.

For more information about all our library partnerships, see our Partner Libraries guide (PDF).

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Study rooms and study spaces



Stitt Library has both open and closed study carrels for Austin Seminary students and faculty.

Applications to use the carrels are made available 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.

Non-Austin Seminary registered patrons may also reserve open study carrels if they are available. They must also apply with the public services librarian.

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).

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Food and drink policies



  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 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.
  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.

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Getting a Stitt Library card


Current students, faculty, and staff of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary can check out books with their Seminary identification card. Others may purchase a borrower's card for $5 to $25 per year based on factors such as clerical or student status. Seminary students also have reciprocal borrowing privileges at the Seminary of the Southwest and The University of Texas at Austin.

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Borrowing from Stitt Library


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 current Seminary students and faculty. See our interlibrary loan information or 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: $.60 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.

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Renewing from Stitt Library


 1. Go to the Stitt Library Catalog here: http://voyager.austinseminary.edu/

Or go to the Research Tools page under Stitt Library. The first link under the Sophi Search box on that page is to the Stitt Library Catalog. 

2.  Click on the My Account tab (see below)

Catalog Tabs

Or click here to go directly to the My Account login screen.

3. Log in to your account:

Please enter your Patron Barcode (from the back of your Seminary ID card) and Last Name; then click 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. 

Check the box(es) next to the item(s) you want to renew and then click "Request Renewal.”  

My Account Charged Items

NOTE: If you have renewed the items once, you will not be able to renew them again. Also note that if you have fines over $5 or any other circulation blocks on your library record the renew column will not appear.

Please contact the Circulation Desk if you have any questions.


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Microfilm & Microfiche


Detailed information on searching for microform resources in the catalog and viewing and scanning film on Stitt Library's ScanPro2000 microfilm reader/printer are available here.

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