Library Policies

General Policies

  • No food is allowed in the library. Drinks must be in spill-proof containers.
  • Pets are not allowed in the library.
  • Please help preserve an atmosphere of study by speaking quietly in the library and reserving long conversations for the lobby.
  • Some materials in the stacks are too fragile to circulate or photocopy, including any book published in or before 1920 and other materials as determined by the librarian on duty.
  • Please do NOT re-shelve books after use. Place them on the marked carts in the library stacks and in the reading room designed for this purpose.
  • Study space is available for students in the reading room on the ground floor. Study carrels downstairs can be rented by the semester to students. Carrels may be used by other students if not already in use.
  • Books left on tables will be re-shelved nightly.
  • Books on the course reserves shelf must be checked out before use. It is the patron’s responsibility to turn in the books on the reserve shelf on time.

GTS students may check out circulating materials for 28 days, except for course reserves, which may be borrowed for three hours at a time. GTS doctoral students and faculty may borrow circulating materials for up to one year.

Fines and Fees

  • Items that circulate for 28 days: 25 cents per day; 3-day grace period; maximum fine $25.00
  • Recalled books: $1.00 per day past recall date (fine begins on the 4th day after recall)
  • Lost books: cost of book as listed in Books in Print + $25.00 processing fee
  • Damaged books: $15.00 per book, to render book usable again.
    *If book is irreparably damaged (as determined by librarian), patron will be charged as if it is a lost book (see above).

Electronic Devices

  • Cell phones must be switched off or set to “silent/vibrate” upon entering the library
  • Calls must not be answered in the library. If you receive a call, please put the caller on hold and move to the lobby or outside
  • If your unattended phone rings in the library, it will be removed to a table in the lobby so as not to disturb other patrons

The Christoph Keller, Jr. Library building is closed.

The library's physical collections are not available to patrons, as GTS transitions to future uses of this space. 


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