Borrowing Items

Loan Periods

Loan periods vary according to the type of material borrowed and the borrower’s status (see table below). Borrowers are responsible for returning items on time and in good condition. Loans of one day or longer are due by closing time on the due date.

Patron Classification Books AVs Reference 3-hour Reserve 3-day Reserve
Students, Staff 2 weeks 1 week In library only In library or overnight 3 days
Faculty 4 weeks 2 weeks In library only In library or overnight 3 days
Alumni 2 weeks 1 week In library only In library only In library only
Local pastors 2 weeks 1 week In library only In library only In library only
Visitors In library only In library only In library only In library only In library only

Renewing Items

Items may be renewed unless there they have a hold for another patron. Reserve materials may not be renewed.

An automated email reminder notice is sent two days prior to the due date of items checked out.

Renewal requests must be sent on or before due date. Renewals for items may be done in person, over the phone (206-876-6109), by email at, or online. If an item is overdue it must be returned to the library. Once it is returned, as long as there are no holds on the item, it may be checked out again.

Placing Holds on Items

If an item is checked out, another patron may place a hold on the item. The patron who has the item checked out will not be able to renew it and the hold requestor will be notified by e-mail when the item has been returned and is available. Holds may be placed in person, over the phone, by email at, or online.

Reserve items that are checked out may not be placed on hold. Patrons may request a “same-day” hold for the overnight check-out of a Reserve item on the desired day of check out. “Same-day” hold requests can be made in person or over the phone (206-876-6109).


Reserves are available on the open Reserves shelves in the library. They are in order first by course number, then by item call number. These items should always be checked out, even for short use, by a library or front desk staff person. This helps count the use, keeps track of the time due back, and provides equitable access to them item.

Holds and Renewals are not available for Reserve Items, although the “Overnight checkout” may be reserved the same day an items is request. Reserve items should be returned for at least 15 minutes before being checked out again.

Standard “3-hour” Reserve Items

These items are designated with a blue “Reserve” sticker. These items checkout for 3 hours during the day, until overnight checkout becomes available.

Overnight checkout is available:

Monday-Thursday after 5:00pm (items due back at 10:00am the next day)
Friday after 3:00pm (items due back at 11:00am on Saturday)
Saturday after 2:00pm (items due back at 10:00am on Monday)

3-day Reserve Items

These items are designated with a yellow “3 Day” Loan sticker. These items check out for three days and are due by closing on their due date.

Overdue Fines & Replacement Costs

The Seattle School Library does not charge late fines for regular checkouts but asks all patrons to be prompt in renewing and returning items. The Library has finite resources and wishes to ensure equitable access to all library patrons.
Charges may be assessed in the following cases:
  • Late fines are assessed for Reserve items at a rate $.50 per hour.
  • Lost or damaged items and items that are more than 30 days overdue, are reserve items, OR have holds may be billed for the actual cost to replace the item and a $20.00 fee.
Unpaid fines and fees will be added to the student’s account at the end of each term.

Computer Access & Computing

The Library has a computer lab for use by students, faculty, and staff. Personal laptops may connect to the wireless network. Instructions for setting up this access are available in the library.

An audiovisual viewing station is available for watching DVD or VHS materials in the library. Headphones are required to use this station; you may use your own or use the set available at the viewing station.

Acceptable Use of Computing Resources Policy


A printer/photocopier/scanner is available in the library. Scanning documents is free, and there is a minimal charge for printing/photocopying:

  • $0.08 for a single-sided, black & white page
  • $0.12 for a double-sided, black & white page ($0.06 per side)
  • $0.25 per side in color

Students can access their printing accounts, see their balance, add printing funds, and print wirelessly from http://print:9191.

Access to this site is restricted to on-campus.


Copyright is a form of legal protection provided by U.S, law, Title 17 U.S.C. §512(c) (2), that protects an owner’s right to control the reproduction, distribution, performance, display and transmission of a copyrighted work. The public, in turn, is provided with specific rights for fair use of copyrighted works.

The Library uses due diligence in complying with all of the provisions of the U.S. Copyright Law (17 U.S.C.) and its amendments, as well as the Digital Rights Management Act, as well as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. The library supports the Fair Use section of the Copyright Law (17 U.S.C. 107) which permits and protects citizens’ rights to reproduce and make use of copyrighted works for the purposes of teaching, scholarship, and research.

Unauthorized Distribution of Copyrighted Material on The Seattle School Network