IRC Services

The Instructional Resource Center is the home to the Library’s Digital Learning Lab amd provides rich multimedia and Christian Education curricula collections.  We hope you will visit us on the second floor of Morton Library to learn how to search our collection, check out the Digital Learning Lab, and talk with us about how we can help you!


Circulation Policies for Media and Curriculum

Circulation periods for media and curriculum material by patron status can be found below as well as other services in the IRC.

Visual media can be reserved up to a year in advance by any patron type by contacting the IRC staff by phone at 804-278-4324.

Videos and DVDs are checked out in the IRC between the hours of 8 am – 4:30 pm.  All other IRC material is loaned at the downstairs circulation desk.  If prior arrangements are made, visual media items can be left at the Circulation Desk downstairs for pickup after 4:30 pm and on Saturdays. Please contact us to make arrangements to place the video or DVD downstairs for you.


Patron CategoryBorrowing PeriodsRenewalsNumber of Items
Faculty of UPSem/BTSRVideos/DVDs: 3 weeks Other IRC items: 3 weeks Onsite and remote access to Library streaming video collectionsOne renewal15 curricula 6 visual media 20 audio media 3 kits 3 games
Students of UPSem/BTSR Students of UPSem/BTSR (NOT in the Ph.D., Th.M or D.Min programs)Videos/DVDs: 3 weeks Other IRC items: 3 weeks Onsite and remote access to Library video streaming collections with login.One renewal10 curricula 3 visual media 10 audio media 2 kits 2 games
Students of UPSem/BTSR enrolled in Ph.D., Th.M or D.Min. programsVideos/DVDs: 3 weeks Other IRC items: 3 weeks Onsite and remote access to Library streaming video collections with loginOne renewal15 curricula 6 visual media 20 audio media 3 kits 3 games
Staff of UPSem/BTSRVideos/DVDs: 3 weeks Other IRC items: 3 weeks Onsite and remote access to Library video streaming collections with loginOne renewal10 curricula 3 visual media 10 audio media 2 kits 2 games
Alumni/Alumnae of UPSem, Union-PSCE, Union, PSCE, ATS and BTSR (Local) No chargeVideos/DVDs: 3 weeks Other IRC items: 3 weeks. Onsite access to Library video streaming collectionsOne renewal10 curricula 3 visual media 10 audio media 2 kits 2 games
Public members (No charge for those who were enrolled before April 26, 2008)Videos/DVDs: 3 weeks Other IRC items: 3 weeks Onsite access to Library streaming video collectionsOne renewal10 curricula 3 visual media 10 audio media 2 kits 2 games
Extension Members (Including Alumni/ae of UPSem and BTSR) (No charge for those enrolled before April 26, 2008)Videos/DVDs: 4 weeks Other IRC items: 5 weeks Includes time for mailing. For more information, click HERE.No renewal on visual media items or curriculum One renewal on other items10 curricula 3 visual media 10 audio media 2 kits
Partner Libraries Faculty and Students No chargeVideos/DVDs: 3 weeks Other IRC items: 3 weeksOne renewal10 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)Videos/DVDs: 3 weeks Other IRC items: 3 weeksOne renewal10 curricula 3 visual media 10 audio media 2 kits 2 games
PCUSA clergy and certified educators and United Methodist clergy ($30 annually)Videos/DVDs: 3 weeks Other IRC items: 3 weeksOne renewal10 curricula 3 visual media 10 audio media 2 kits 2 games

CD/DVD Cleaning

It doesn’t take many scratches for an audio or video disc to be rendered unplayable. A quick search on the internet will offer many solutions for your scratches : toothpaste, bananas, or Vaseline, to name a few! The IRC has a better solution.  Bring your scratched discs to us and we’ll use the professional machine that keeps our discs in great shape to renew your compact discs or digital video discs. (Very deep scratches may not be able to be removed.)

We clean discs upon request and the cost for patrons is $.50 per disc. Drop your discs off at the IRC during weekly business hours and we will have them back to you within 3 days. Questions? Call 804-278-4324 or use our contact form.


Christian Education Consultation

If your church is searching for curriculum for a particular class or event, please come by the Library to see what options might be available to you.   If you are a member, you are free to check out 10 pieces of curriculum to evaluate.  But if you are not a member, please contact us and set up a meeting with the Director of the Resource Center to discuss your need.