Membership

Applying for Membership at the William Smith Morton Library

The collections and services of the Library are available without charge to:

  • Current students, faculty, staff and alumni/ae of Union and BTSR
  • Members who joined before April 2008
  • Those currently affiliated with our partner libraries: J. Sargeant Reynolds CC, John Tyler CC, Richard Bland CC, Randolph Macon, University of Richmond, Virginia State University, and VCU. Borrowing and access for these institutions is permissible under the conditions of RALC membership.  For more information on RALC, click HERE.

Only current students, faculty and staff of Union and BTSR are eligible for remote access to the Library’s online databases and e-journals, and for interlibrary loan services.  For information about the electronic resources now available remotely for Alumni/ae in particular, please click HERE.

Others may apply for access:

CATEGORYBORROWING PRIVILEGESRENEWALSNUMBER OF ITEMS
Visiting researcher by appointment only -- email in advance for permission pskreslet@upsem.eduReading access to general collection. Supervised research in Archives and Special Collections. Photocopies or photographs only. No borrowing. On-site access to Library databases.N/AN/A
PCUSA clergy and certified educators and United Methodist clergy ($30 annually)Books : 3 weeks Videos & DVDs : 3 weeks. Other IRC items : 3 weeks. On-site access to Library databases.One renewal10 books 10 curricula 3 visual media 10 audio media 2 kits 2 games
Clergy, educators and lay leaders serving churches and religious agencies and organizations ($50 annually)Books : 3 weeks Videos & DVDs : 3 weeks. Other IRC items : 3 weeks. On-site access to Library databases.One renewal5 books 10 curricula 3 visual media 10 audio media 2 kits 2 games

PCUSA or UMC Clergy/educator: Applicants must present a current letter of authorization from their Executive Presbyter or District Superintendent, indicating that they are in good standing with their presbytery or annual conference

Other Clergy/educators and lay leaders: Applicants will need to provide either a letter from a religious organization attesting to their role or some other form of evidence, such as contact information on a website

Please come to the Circulation Desk with photo ID to fill out an application form.  You may pay for your annual membership by check, cash or credit card.

For more detail on the Library’s circulation and access policies, click HERE.

All users must be prepared to accept this statement:
I agree to abide by all regulations and use policies of the Morton Library.

For further information, please contact our Circulation Department:

Lisa Janes
Circulation Supervisor
804.278.4335
ljanes@upsem.edu