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Library - Frequently Asked Questions

X1. What are the library's normal operating hours?
X2. What is the check-out period for books?
X3. How do I renew the items I have checked out, and can I renew them online?
X4. Where and when can I return items I have checked-out?
X5. How much are overdue fines?
X6. I've lost or damaged a book?
X7. I need a book or a journal article that the library does not own?
X8. How do I make an ILL request?
X9. How do I access the library's databases off-campus?
X10. I need to search for a journal article, where should I go?
X11. May I check out books if I am not an RTS student?

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1. What are the library's normal operating hours?

The normal library hours during the semester are,

xxMonday to Thursday > 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
xxFriday > 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
xxSaturday > 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
xxSunday > Closed

Library hours change during finals, reading week, and holiday breaks.  To check to see if the library is open, please call 601.923.1623.
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2. What is the check-out period for books?

The check-out period for all items except reserve books is three-weeks.  Books are never due on a day the library is closed.

The loan periord for a reserve books is three hours, and they may not be taken from the library.

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3. How do I renew the items I have checked out, and can I renew them online?

RTS students and Alumni may renew each item twice, unless it is needed to fulfill a class reserve reading.  Other library users may renew each item once. 

Once you have reached your renewal limit for an item, you must return it to the library to be re-shelved and made available for other students and library users. 

You may renew your items at the circulation desk at the library, or online by going to my library account. 
You will need your library card number and PIN number to access your account.  Your default PIN number is the last four digits of your barcode number.  To verify your PIN number, please call 601.923.1623.
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4. Where and when can I return items I have checked-out?

You return your items at the circulation desk during normal operating hours of the library.  A book drop is located by the library entrance for returning items after-hours.

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5. How much are overdue fines?

The fine for an overdue item is .10 per day per item to a maximum of $10.00 for one overdue item. Sundays and the day the materials were due do not count toward the fine amount.  

The fine is $1.00 per hour for reserve books.

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6. What do I do if I've lost or damaged a book?

Library users are encouraged to replace lost or damaged items with an identical item in new, like-new, or very good condition. For books, the replacement item must be completely free of underlining, writing, highlighting, stains, a torn cover or any pages, as well as have solid binding. For media items, they must come with all of the original packaging and supplemental material, such as guidebooks, transcripts, or liner notes.

If the lost or damaged item is not replaced, the cost will be equal to the retail price of a new item plus a $5 processing fee.   Library staff will determine the final replacement cost for all items.

Any overdue fine for a lost or damaged book is waived, and not added to the replacement cost.

  Lost / Damaged Item You provide a Replacement Copy You Pay for the Item  
  Book / CD / DVD No additional charge New retail price + $5.00 processing fee  
         
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7. What do I do when I need a book or a journal article that the library does not own?

The RTS library provides an inter-library loan (ILL) service to currently enrolled RTS students.  This service is not available to other library users.

When you locate a book or journal article you need, but is not owned by the RTS Jackson library, you may submit an inter-library loan request for it.


8. How do I make an ILL request?

x1. Complete either an ILL Book or Journal Article form available at the bottom of the library’s home page, and submit it at the front desk of the library. 
x2. Prior to submitting a request, make sure you provide all of the following information.
xxxxa. Author’s full name
xxxb. The full title of the book or source journal and journal article title (no abbreviations)
xxxc. The page range for journal articles
xxxd. Date of publication for a book, or the year/volume and month/number for journals
x3. An inter-library loan usually takes two weeks to arrive. You will be contacted by phone or email when your item(s) arrive.

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9. How do I access the library's databases off-campus?

When you are not on campus, you will be prompted for a username and a password to access ATLA Serials, JSTOR, R&TA, Encyclopedia of Islam, and the Digital Karl Barth library.  You cannot access the Loeb Classical Library off-campus.  Please follow the below instructions to login to the other databases, 
  1. For Students your Username is your Student ID Number, not the barcode number.
     
  2. For Faculty and Staff your User Name is the User ID you use for Self-Service.
     
  3. If you do not know your Self-service ID or your Student ID, please contact the Registrar at your campus.  Jackson campus students, call 601.923.1670 or submit a request here.
     
  4. After you have logged in, you will be asked to reset your password. Make sure it is something that you remember.
     
  5. If you have forgotten your password or need the default password, please contact your campus library. Jackson campus students, call 601.923.1623 or submit a request here.
     
  6. Other Technical problems can be directed to Technical Support
     

Helpful Information Regarding Your Login 
 

As an RTS Student, you will use a single login to access all of the online databases.  The below login will take you to the ATLA Religion Database and associated databases, but you will also be able to access any of the other databases without having to login again.

Do not try to login directly at a specific database site--you must use the below login or here.

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10. I need to search for a journal article, where should I go?

The library's online databases all provide search access for journal articles.  You may find full-text articles in the ATLA/S and Religion & Philosophy Collection databases. 

Some of the print journals the library subscribes to are available online as well - go to http://online.sagepub.com/browse/by/title and select "SAGE Journals Available to Me" to access the journal issues.

To see if the library owns the journal you need the artcile from, go to the Journals Holding page for the complete list of the journals owned by the library.

If we do not own the journal, you may still obtain it by making and Inter-library loan request.  See Frequently Asked Questions #7 and #8 above.

Other places to look for journal articles inlcude the library's list of Theological & Counseling Journals Online.
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11. May I check books out if I am not an RTS student?

If you are an RTS Alumni or a currently enrolled graduate or post-graduate seminary student you may qualify for a guest library borrowing privileges. 

You must have a local residential mailing address.  If you are not a local resident of Jackson or one of the surrounding municipalities, you do not qualify for borrowing privileges.

Undergraduate students of Mississippi College, Belhaven, Millsaps, Jackson State University, and Hinds or Holmes Community Colleges also do not qualify for borrowing privileges. Contact the inter-library loan department of your institution's library if you are a student enrolled at one of these institutions and would like to borrow items from the RTS library.

To make a request for a Guest Library card, please go here to submit your request.
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