Policies and Guidelines

 

Admittance to Crowell Library
Cell Phones
Check-out Periods & Fines
Collection Development Policy
Computer Lab
Copying/Scanning
Food and Beverages
Inter Library Loan
Library Account
Library Closing
                 Library Membership
Loan Periods
Noise Policy
Overdue Notices
Placing Holds
Reciprocal Agreements
Reference Services
Renewals
Reserve Material
Returning Materials

 

Admittance to Crowell Library

MBI Affiliates -- Moody students, faculty, employees, or alumni (with valid alumni ID)

  • Admitted to the Library during all open hours
    • Immediate family members of MBI affiliates are admitted after 6:00 p.m. if accompanied by someone with a valid Moody ID
  • Do not need to sign in at Security Desk
  • Must display their Moody ID

I-Share Library Members -- Students, faculty and staff of another I-Share library

  • Admitted to the Library during all open hours
  • Must sign in at Sweeting Security Desk, presenting a government-issued photo ID and an I-Share barcoded library card
  • I-Share Library Members will be provided a Crowell Library Card to be displayed in the library
  • Must present I-Share barcoded library card to check out books

Library Card Holders -- Patrons who do not have a Moody-issued ID, but have applied for a library membership and have their Crowell Library card with them

  • Admitted to the Library during all open hours
  • Must sign in at Sweeting Security Desk, presenting a government-issued photo ID
  • Must display their Moody-issued Visitor ID and Crowell Library card

Visitors -- Patrons not affiliated with MBI and who do not have a Crowell Library card

  • Admitted to the Library from opening to 6:00 p.m.
  • Must sign in at Sweeting Security Desk, presenting a government-issued photo ID
  • Must display their Moody-issued Visitor ID

Children -- Persons under the age of 16

  • Admitted to the Library during all open hours
  • Must be accompanied and supervised by an adult

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Cell Phones

All cell phones and mobile devices must be set to silent or vibrate.

Talking on cell phones in a reasonable voice is permitted on the first floor of the library, except in the Music/Media Lab and near the stairwell. Per library staff discretion, any patron talking loudly on their cell phone will be asked to finish their call outside the library.

Cell phones are not permitted on any part of the lower level, including the restrooms.

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Check-out Periods and Fines

Books
Archives     Non-circulating
Journals, Periodicals     Non-circulating
Main Stacks     28 days
Oversized     28 days
Pamphlets, Clippings     Non-circulating
Reference     Non-circulating
 
Juvenile Collection
Books     28 days
Media     7 days
Puppets     7 days
 
Curriculum Lab
Books     3 days
 
Media Library
CDs     3 days
DVDs     3 days
VHSs     3 days
Audiobooks     28 days
 
Music Library
MBI Recitals     Non-circulating
Reference Scores     Non-circulating
Scores     28 days
Sound Recordings (LPs)     Non-circulating (in storage)
Students' Recitals     Non-circulating (in storage)
 
Miscellaneous
Reserves     3 hours
Craft Kits     3 hours
Headphones     1 day
Laptop Security Cables     1 days
 
Renewals For:
28 day check-out     3 renewals
7 day check-out     1 renewal
3 day check-out     1 renewal
3 hour check-out     No renewals
 
Lost Item Threshold
       All circulating items are considered lost
       when they reach the lost item threshold:
28 day check-out     29 days after the due date
7 day check-out     8 days after the due date
3 day check-out     8 days after the due date
3 hour check-out     3 days after the due date
 
Fines
All lost items will incur a $100 fine.
 

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Collection Development Policy

This policy guides all Library staff involved in the collection development process. It is the Library’s master plan for building and maintaining its collections, and provides the Library’s users with clear and carefully described rationale for the Library’s collection goals and practices. For more information please see the current Library Collection Development Policy.

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Computer Lab

The computer lab is located on the lower level and is reserved for Moody Bible Institute students and employees. Printing is $0.05 per page. See the Computer Usage Policy for specific guidelines.

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Copying/Scanning

A Digital Scanner is located on the lower level of the library near the Information Desk.

Copier/Scanner machines are located near the Circulation Desk on the first floor and near the Information Desk on the lower level. They can be operated with either coins or copy cards. Copy cards can be purchased at the Circulation Desk for $1.00.  Students may also use their fobs to pay for copies with pre-loaded payments through print.moody.edu

  • Black/white copy = $0.10
  • Color copy = $0.25
  • Scanning = free (must use @moody.edu e-mail address for the scanner/copiers)
  • Digital Scanner = free (can send to any email address; copyright guidelines must be strictly observed)

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Food and Beverages

Food is allowed only in the first floor lobby of the Crowell Library, if consumed responsibly. Patrons are expected to clean up after themselves, discarding trash in appropriate containers and notifying staff immediately of any spills.

Food is limited to meal replacements, snack or wrapped items which are consumed individually. No fast food or open plates of food are allowed. The delivery of food to the library for library users is prohibited.

Patrons with strong-smelling food may be asked to consume it outside the library.

No food of any kind is allowed in the lower level of the library.  Patrons violating this rule may be asked to leave.

Beverages in lidded containers are allowed everywhere in the library.

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Interlibrary Loan

We will attempt to borrow materials from other libraries when we do not own or have access to a particular, desired title or journal article. The Moody Library provides this service to our students and employees only. Others are asked to use their local public library to get materials through Interlibrary Loan. Please allow several weeks for processing and shipping of material requests.

Moody Distance Learning students are encouraged to first initiate an ILL request through their local public or college library. If the material is unavailable through the local public or college library, then the material may be requested through the Crowell Library, by filling out the online Interlibrary Loan form. Two to three weeks should be allowed for receipt of books and photocopies of articles and book chapters. Books are loaned for one month and may be renewable.  MDL students can find additional assistance at Request Materials.

Photocopies are free up to ten pages and then $.10 a page charged to the student’s library account. The library complies with Copyright Law 108g when filling ILL requests.

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Library Account

In order to access your account information, visit the Library catalog. Click on Login, then click on Create New Account to create your library catalog account. Type in your library barcode number into the Borrower ID field, and make sure you select Moody as your affiliated I-Share library. You will receive your account information via e-mail. The account will enable you to see your checked out items, items on request, any fines/printing charges and your personal information. You will also be able to renew books and request books online from other I-Share libraries.

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Library Closing

The Circulation Desk closes 10 minutes before the rest of the library. All transactions must be completed by this time.

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Library Membership

Full-time, on-campus students and staff

  • Maximum of 25 checkout items
  • Limit of one renewal per item (with some exceptions)
  • Full computer access
  • Interlibrary Loan privileges
  • Full access to online databases
  • Library membership active until association with Moody Bible Institute ends (cost included in school fees)

Alumni, students from other schools, area pastors

  • Maximum of 10 checkout items
  • Limit of one renewal per item (with some exceptions)
  • Limited computer access (public computers only)
  • No Interlibrary Loan privileges
  • No access to online databases
  • Library membership must be renewed annually at the current year's rate. ($10)
  • Alumni will have continued access to the ATLA database.

Visitors

  • Maximum of 3 checkout items
  • Limit of one renewal per item (with some exceptions)
  • Sign in at the Circulation Desk for use of the two public terminals. Use is restricted to one hour when others are waiting. Be prepared to show a photo I.D. or Library card.
  • See the Computer Usage Policy for specific guidelines.
  • No Interlibrary Loan privileges
  • No access to online databases
  • Library membership must be renewed annually at the current year's rate. ($25)

Faculty

  • Maximum of 50 checkout items
  • Limit of one renewal per item (with some exceptions)
  • Full computer access
  • Interlibrary Loan privileges
  • Full access to online databases
  • Library membership active until association with Moody Bible Institute ends

Spouses of MBI Faculty, Students or Staff

  • Maximum of 10 checkout items
  • Limit of one renewal per item (with some exceptions)
  • Sign in at the Circulation Desk for use of the two public terminals. Use is restricted to one hour when others are waiting. Be prepared to show a photo I.D. or Library card.
  • See the Computer Usage Policy for specific guidelines.
  • No Interlibrary Loan or I-Share privileges
  • No access to online databases
  • Library membership active until the MBI Faculty, Student or Staff member’s association with Moody Bible Institute ends

Distance learning students

  • Maximum of 10 checkout items
  • Limit of one renewal per item (with some exceptions)
  • Full computer access
  • Interlibrary Loan privileges
  • Full access to online databases
  • Library membership must be renewed annually at the current year's rate ($10) 

Also see Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements

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Loan Periods

4-Week Checkout

  • Juvenile books
  • Main stack books
  • Music scores
  • Audiobooks
  • Oversize books

7-Day Checkout

  • Juvenile media: puppets and games

3-Day Checkout

  • Curriculum Lab materials with 3-day sticker
  • Juvenile CDs, DVDs, VHS, cassettes
  • DVDs and VHS
  • Audio CDs

3-Hour Checkout

  • Reserve materials
  • Craft kits

Non-Circulating

  • Curriculum Lab material (without 3-day sticker)
  • Archives/Historical Room material
  • Newspapers
  • Journals and magazines
  • Ready Reference items
  • Reference books
  • Storage Room material
  • Pamphlets

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Noise Policy

We have designated the lower level as a quiet study area.  Cell phones, study groups and conversations are welcome on the first (upper) floor of the library.

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Overdue Notices

Fines start accruing and notices are sent from the library when an item becomes overdue. These overdue notices are provided as a courtesy of the library only. Failure to receive a notice is not a valid excuse for neglecting to return library materials.

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Placing Holds

If the item you need is checked out and you wish to be notified of its return, a hold can be placed at the Circulation Desk. You will be notified when the book is returned, and the book will be held for 7 days, and media for 3 days, at the Circulation Desk.  We do not place holds on items in the Reserve Bookroom.

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Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements

  • ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement
    All currently-enrolled Chicago MBI or MTS or Moody Distance Learning students, Moody faculty and Moody staff can participate in the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Reciprocal Borrowing Program. Locate the schools that participate on this map. At the participating library, prospective borrowers will be required to show proof of enrollment or faculty/staff identification, as required by the lending library. An advance call is recommended to determine what proof of enrollment is required. Borrowers may check out materials according to the borrowing policies determined by the lending library. In order to maintain reciprocal borrowing privileges borrowers must follow local library policies and return items in a timely fashion. Ask a librarian or consult the ATLA Guidelines for more information regarding the ATLA reciprocal borrowing program.
     
  • ACTS Reciprocal Borrowing Program
    All currently-enrolled Chicago MTS students, Moody faculty, and Moody staff are eligible to participate in the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) reciprocal borrowing program. There are nine Chicago-area full member seminaries, and Moody Theological Seminary is an associate member. See the ACTS web site for library locations and hours. In order to borrow materials from an ACTS school, the prospective borrower must first register for ACTS with Christopher Ullman, MBI Public Services Head Librarian (Sweeting 019, x4353), to receive an ACTS card. The ACTS card and one’s Moody ID card must be presented to the ACTS library in order to borrow items. Borrowers must follow the borrowing procedures of the lending library. See the ACTS circulation policy page for more information regarding ACTS reciprocal borrowing.
     
  • Wheaton College Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement
    Current students, faculty, and staff of Wheaton College and Moody Bible Institute have onsite reciprocal borrowing privileges from these institutions’ libraries. For these privileges to be extended, proof of current institutional affiliation must be presented.
    • Wheaton College and Moody Bible Institute faculty and staff should display an institutional identification card. Faculty and staff privileges must be renewed each academic year.
    • Wheaton College and Moody Bible Institute students should display an institutional identification card and a current course schedule. Student privileges must be renewed each semester (or quad/trimester).
    • Reciprocal privileges will not be extended to patrons with visitor, guest membership, alumnus, faculty emeritus, retiree, local clergy, or similar account status at the other institution’s library.
    Borrowing Privileges:
    All materials that normally circulate to each college’s community borrowers are available to reciprocal borrowers. A maximum of ten items may be checked out. Access to databases and other digital resources is subject to each library’s permissions.

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Reference Services

We have a wide variety of reference materials in the Reference Section on the lower level of the library. Librarians are available to assist you in finding material and in developing good research questions and practices at the Information Desk.

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Renewals

One renewal is permitted for most items, as long as no one else has requested the item. Renewals will not be granted if another patron has placed a hold on the item. Call (312) 329-4136 or stop by the Circulation Desk to renew your books; you do not need to bring your books in with you to do this.

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Reserve Material

Materials reserved for use in a specific course may be checked out at the Circulation Desk for 3 hours. When requesting reserve items, be prepared to tell the desk worker the author's name and the title of the book. Only 3 reserve items can be checked out a time. Reserve items can be renewed once. If items are late, they are $0.25 per hour (or part of hour) per item. Reserve items can be checked out overnight two hours before closing and are due back 1 hour after opening the next day the Library is open.

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Returning Materials

There are two book returns at the Circulation Desk for use when the library is open. There is also a book drop in the northwest hallway of the Sweeting Center for convenient returns during both open and closed hours. Do not leave reserve items in the drop box during open hours; this will result in fines.  Please return all Reserve items directly to the Circulation Desk.

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Location Info

Moody Bible Institute
820 N. LaSalle Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60610-3284
Sweeting Center
(312) 329-4136
library@moody.edu

Hours

Spring Term 2019

Mon-Th:  7:30am-Midnight
Fridays:  7:30am - 5pm
Saturdays:  9am-Midnight
Sundays:  6pm-Midnight

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