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Undergraduate Guide to Library Services

1. Starting to use the library

2. Making enquiries

3. The collection

4. Library catalogue

5. Borrowing

6. Reading lists

7. Short Loan collection

8. Journals

9. Children & Youth Reading room

10. Postal service

11. Photocoyping

12. ITC facilites

13. Security

 

1. Starting to use the library

  • At the beginning of your programme of study, you will be given a tour of the library and an outline of library services.
  • A library account will be created for you, which will generate a unique reader code. Please ensure that you provide the correct contact details and that you make the Librarian aware of any changes of address during your course.

 

2. Making enquiries

  • The librarian and/or the assistant will be pleased to help you with renewals or any information seeking enquiries you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any enquiries regarding library services.
  • Suggestions and feedback about the library service are always welcome. 

 

3. The collection

  • Theology, evangelical theology and missiology are the special subject interests of the collection and the library holds around 36,000 items in total. Many of these resources are books but there are also journals, newspapers, audio visual material and dissertations. 
  • The greater part of the collection is housed in the main library and the remainder is stored in separate locations such as the Postgraduate Reading Room. The majority of the books in the collection are available to borrow although some are available on a reference-only basis. The computerised library catalogue will indicate both the location of the books and their availability. 

 

4. Library catalogue

  • There are two search terminals in the library and the catalogue can also be accessed online.
  •  Click here to access the catalogue online. The facility also allows you to log in and access your loan details using your unique reader code.

 

5. Borrowing

  • Undergraduate students are permitted to borrow up to 7 books for 7 days.
  • Books are to be signed out at the library office. NEVER take books from the library without signing them out. 
  • Due dates will be written in each book you borrow. Always remember to return or renew the books by the due date or you will be fined 10p/book/day
  • Renewals books may be renewed up to three times, provided that no other student has reserved them. Renewals must be made on or before the initial loan expires.
  • To renew, please come to the library office, Telephone on 01246584217 or by email at library@cliffcollege.ac.uk
  • Reservations: If you need a book that has already been signed out, please ask the librarian to reserve it for you and you will be contacted when it is ready to be collected. You will be contacted if a book you have on loan has been reserved by another reader. The book must be returned to the library by the day the original loan period expires and cannot be renewed.
  • Returning: Books can be returned in person, by post (addressed clearly to the library) or outside of opening hours, via the returned books box in the library corridor.

6. Reading lists

  • Reading lists are compiled by course leaders and are available on the VLE. 
  • It is not possible for the library to purchase limitless copies of the books on reading lists and therefore, books will be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you find that books you intended to read have already been borrowed, it is advisable to make reservations. Alternatively, you can try to locate the book in another library or purchase the book yourself. It is often a good idea to ask your tutor for advice if you wish to purchase books.

 

7. Short Loan collection

  • The Short Loan Collection makes books on your required reading lists available to borrow for three days. This ensures that all students will have access to the key texts. They may be renewed once.
  • The SLC books are listed on the computer catalogue and are available to borrow from the library office.
  • Due to the high demand for these books, a fine of £1 per book will be charged for late returns.

 

8. Journals

  • The Belben library  subscribes to various print journals and periodicals as well as EBSCO which gives on-line access to journals. You will be given log-in details during orientation.The journals are displayed alphabetically in the main library and back issues are kept here for one year.
  • Older back issues are stored in the Postgraduate reading room.
  • Journals that have ceased publication and journals that the College no longer subscribes to are also stored in the Postgraduate reading room. Please ask the librarian/assistant if you wish to use journals that are stored separately.
  • Journal articles may be photocopied. (Please see the section on photocopying for information regarding copyright regulations).

 

9.    BA in Mission and Ministry Reading Room

  • This space is a dedicated study area for the use of BAMM course students. It can be accessed on request as there is an electronic security lock on the door.
  • It holds a number of additional information resources, such as key texts which are not to be borrowed or removed from the study area, back issues of journals and databanks of relevant articles.

 

10. Postal service

  • Books may be posted out to students at their request. An email should be sent to the librarian listing the titles and authors of the books that are needed.
  • A fee of £2.50 is charged for the first book posted out and £1.50 for each additional book. An invoice will be posted with the books and the recipient should send a cheque made payable to Cliff College.

 

11. Photocopying

  • A photocopying machine is located in the main library. A photocopying card can be purchased with a deposit of £1 which is refundable at the end of your period of study. The following credits are available and more can be added by library staff throughout your studies:

                  20 credits = £1

                  100 credits = £5 

  • UK Copyright regulations are to be observed at all times. Published works remain in copyright throughout an author's lifetime and for 70 years after his/her death. About 5% of the volume is suggested as an appropriate maximum amount to photocopy (this equates to about 1 chapter of a book or two articles from a journal). When copyright has expired, the work is considered by law to be in the public domain and it may be copied freely. Please ask the librarian if you require further information about copyright.

 

12. ITC Facilities

  • Power sockets for laptop use are available in the main library's study area, and the study rooms on the library corridor offer desk space for laptop use, and a limited number of computer terminals. Wireless access to the internet is available in all areas. Please ask your course administrator for the security code to gain access.

 

13. Security                                                                                                                                                               

  •  Security of the library is a crucial priority for everyone at Cliff and all students are expected to use the library responsibly.


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