Camden Theological Library

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Can I make a donation to the library?

    Tax-deductable donations to Camden Theological Library’s Library Trust Fund are gratefully received. In the past, generous donations to the library have enabled us to purchase special books, create a music CD collection and to greatly increase the number of student-access computers.

    Donations of second-hand books may be accepted by the Library. Please contact the Library Manager to discuss this possibility. Books which are accepted are either added to the collection or offered for sale to generate funds for additional resources.

    Please contact the Library Manager for further information.

     

  • Can I renew my loans?

    Yes. Books may be renewed twice. However, renewals will not be accepted if the book has been requested by another borrower. Items may either be renewed in person at the Circulation Desk, by telephone or by e-mail request.

  • How do I join the library?

    To join the library visit us in person, phone on (02) 8838-8940 or email us at library@nsw.uca.org.au.

     

  • Who may borrow material?

    The library allows members of the Uniting Church, thelogical students and the general public to borrow items. Loan quotas and borrowing terms differ as shown below.

     

    What can be borrowed?

    - Any books in the Main collection
    - Only UTC students may borrow items from the Reserve (short term loan) collection
    - Reference books are restricted to use within the Library
    - Journals are only available for reading or photocopying within the Library

     

    Loan quotas

    Various categories of borrowers are eligible for different borrowing arrangements:

    Members of the Uniting Church

    - A maximum of 10 items at any one time
    - Items from the Reserve collection are not available for borrowing
    - Items may be renewed twice, provided they are not required by another borrower

    UTC Students

    - A maximum of 10 items at any one time
    - A maximum of 5 items from the Reserve collection at any one time
    - Items other than those from the Reserve collection are issued for 3 weeks
    - Items may be renewed twice, provided they are not requested by another borrower

    UTC Research Students

    - A maximum of 10 items at any one time
    - Items are generally issued for 6 weeks

    UTC Faculty

    - A maximum of 10 items at any one time
    - Items are generally issued for 6 weeks

    Students from other Institutions

    - A fee of $200 per calendar year is payable
    - A maximum of 10 items at any one time
    - Items from the Reserve collection are not available for borrowing
    - Items are issued for 3 weeks
    - Items may be renewed twice, provided they are not required by another borrower

    Members of the General Public

    - A fee of $200 per calendar year is payable
    - A maximum of 10 items at any one time
    - Items from the Reserve collection are not available for borrowing
    - Items are issued for 3 weeks
    - Items may be renewed twice, provided they are not required by another borrower

    Renewals

    Items may either be renewed in person at the Circulation Desk, by telephone or by e-mail request.

    Telephone renewals  (02) 8838 8940

    E-mail renewals  library@nsw.uca.org.au

    Books may be renewed twice. However, renewals will not be accepted if the book has been requested by another borrower.

    If you fail to renew or return an item on the date it is due back, late fines will be levied and borrowing privileges may be suspended.

     

    Request/Holds

    If the book you need is out on loan, you may put a Request on it via the library catalogue and the library will notify you when the book is available for you to borrow. Requested items will be kept for you for 7 days, after which the item will be loaned to the next person in the queue, or returned to the library shelves.

     

    Overdue items & Fines

    The library’s lending policies seek to ensure that books in heavy demand are available to as many borrowers as possible. We ask you to ensure that items are returned on time, so as not to inconvenience other borrowers and to avoid the need to pay fines.

    Failure to return or renew a borrowed item by the Due Date will result in fines being levied and may also result in a loss of borrowing privileges.

    Once an item is overdue fines will be levied by the Circulation system:

    Reserve collection $1 per day after 1 day.

    Other items $1 per day after 7 days.

  • Are there membership fees?

    Membership is free for UTC students and faculty, and members & ministers of the Uniting Church. The general public and students from other institutions must pay a nominal fee of $200 per year.

  • Can I view the library catalogue online from home?

    Yes. The Library catalogue is available for general access via the library homepage: http://www.library.nsw.uca.org.au/

  • Are there fines for overdue items?

    Yes. Failure to return or renew a borrowed item by the Due Date will result in fines being levied and may also result in a loss of borrowing privileges. Once an item is overdue, fines will be levied automatically by the Circulation system; reserve collection 25c per day, other items $1 per week or par.

  • Can I request a hold on an item?

    Yes. If the book you need is out on loan, you may put a Request on it via the library catalogue and the library will notify you when the book is available for you to borrow. Requested items will be kept for you for 7 days, after which the item will be loaned to the next person in the queue, or returned to the library shelves.

  • Can I lend my library card to someone else?

    No. Only current Library members are allowed to borrow items from the Library, and they must use their own card.

  • How many items can I borrow?

    Generally, you can may borrow a maximum of 10 items at a time, though quotas vary for different materials and member types. See: Borrowing Guidelines

  • What can be borrowed?

    The library has a range of books and audio/visual material available for loan, including a large Korean Language collection. There is also a short term loan collection (Reserves) for in-demand books. While reference items and journals are available for use, they are not able to be borrowed. See: Collections