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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • When is the library open?
  • Is the library closed on Thanksgiving?
  • Yes; the library is closed Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday and Saturday.

  • How can I reserve a room in the library?
    • Princeton Seminary students must contact the Office of Student Life to reserve any room on campus.
    • Princeton Seminary employees who wish to book a room should use the online master calendar.
    • An alumnus/a or person outside of the Princeton Seminary community must contact Amy Ehlin, the director of conferences and hospitality, directly: Amy[dot]Ehlin[at]ptsem[dot]edu or 609.688.1935.
  • Where can I find reserve materials and textbooks for my classes?
  • Textbooks and Course Reserves

  • Where can I learn about on-campus, off-campus, mobile, and wireless access to library resources, and see which computers are available in the library?
  • Computers and More

  • Can I print from my laptop while I am in the library?
  • Yes

  • How can I obtain borrowing privileges?
  • Visit the Service Desk in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library and be sure to bring your ID card; use the link below for details.

  • How do I borrow library materials (including reserves)?
  • May Ph.D. candidates borrow more books than other degree candidates?
  • Yes; degree candidates in programs other than Ph.D. may borrow up to 50 books for a 28 day period. Ph.D. candidates have expanded borrowing privileges. Follow the link below for more information.

  • How do I recall a book?
  • If you want or need a book that is charged out to someone else, you may recall it. Follow the link below for details.

  • Can books be renewed?
  • Yes; you may renew items online through your PTS Library Catalog account (link below), but they must be renewed before the actual due date.

  • If I cannot locate a book that should be on the shelf, how do I proceed?
  • Alert library staff at the Service Desk (609-497-7940), giving them as much information as possible. A trace will be put on the book and you will be notified when it is located.

  • System not working?
  • If you encounter a system (e-mail, Blackboard, a library database, etc.) that is not working, please check the IT Status page to see if it is a known issue. You can subscribe to the whole page or to specific incidents to receive automatic updates. Updates on scheduled maintenance and other known issues are also sent out via Twitter @PTSTechnology.

    If you do not see the issue you are experiencing listed on the IT Status page, please alert the Help Desk to the problem with as much detail as possible.  

  • As a PTS student, may I borrow materials from Princeton University?
  • Yes; as a PTS student, you have the privilege of obtaining a Princeton University library card. Go to the access office in Firestone Library, the main library, with your PTS ID and another form of identification in hand. For more information, follow the link below.

  • As a PTS student, do I have remote access to electronic resources owned by Princeton University?
  • No, nor do our faculty. However, you have access to those resources from within PU libraries; follow the link below for more about using Princeton University Libraries.

  • May I borrow materials not available at the PTS Library or the Princeton University Libraries?
  • PTS students, faculty and staff, as well as CTI scholars may use the Princeton Theological Seminary Library's Interlibrary Loan, or ILL, service; follow the link below for more information and to access the request form.

  • What is an Area of Refuge?
  • Areas of Refuge are safe places to wait for emergency personnel if you are unable to exit the building during an emergency. You may notice signs around the building indicating such places.

  • Does Princeton Theological Seminary Library have guidelines for personal conduct in the building?
  • Yes

  • Can I carry my drink with me into the library?
  • Yes, but not your food; please read the policy linked below.

  • Are café hours concurrent with library hours?
  • No; please follow the link below for more information about the Brick Café.

  • Where is the pencil sharpener located?
  • There is a pencil sharpener in the Copy and Scan Center near the Service Desk on the first floor of the library.

  • Approximately, how many volumes does the library currently have?
  • 1.3 million books and microforms