Library Policies

PURPOSE STATEMENT

The Union Presbyterian Seminary Library provides print and electronic resources as well as library instruction to support the curricular needs and research activities of Union Presbyterian Seminary. Within the bounds of this focus, the Library also offers resources to church leaders, congregations, and visiting researchers for their study and growing understanding of Christian faith and practice.

The William Smith Morton Library is a valued resource of the UPSem community, and it provides access to its collection as well as bibliographic instruction and other services to members.

The policies set forth in this document seek to

  • support the educational mission of Union Presbyterian Seminary
  • ensure for all patrons maximum access to the collection;
  • preserve the collection;
  • satisfy consortial agreements with libraries involved in the OCLC interlibrary loan system, and with other partner libraries;
  • permit access to the library’s collection to individuals in the church and visiting scholars interested in pursuing serious research and/or instruction.
  • BORROWING FROM PARTNER LIBRARIES

    • Faculty, staff and currently-enrolled students of UPSem also have the privilege of borrowing items from partner libraries in the Richmond area. These libraries are members of VIVA, Virginia’s academic library consortium.  For more information about VIVA and its member libraries, click HERE.

      For further information about the VIVA Cooperative Borrowing program, please contact the Morton Library Circulation Desk,  or click HERE.

      Patrons who wish to borrow media items from partner libraries should make those arrangements with the staff in our Instructional Resource Center.

      The borrower will be responsible for returning all items when they are due, to the library from which they were borrowed. The borrower will be liable for any overdue fines or other penalty charges.