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Circulation Policies

Please contact the Circulation Desk at (816) 414-3729 with any questions you may have.

How long can I check out books?

 

MBTS Books

#MBTS Book Renewals

MBTS Media

ILL (Interlibrary Loan)

Students

28 days

DMin--3

DEdMin--3

Others--2

2 hour – 28 days

MOBIUS -28 days or Lending Library policy

ThM and PhD Students

semester

2

2 hour – 28 days

MOBIUS -28 days or Lending Library policy

Faculty

semester

3

2 hour – semester

MOBIUS -28 days or Lending Library policy

Staff

28 days

2

2 hour – 28 days

MOBIUS -28 days or Lending Library policy

Alumni/Guests

28 days

 

2 hour – 28 days

N/A

 

Are there any items that cannot be checked out?

The following types of items DO NOT circulate so that they may be accessible to everyone.

  • Reference materials
  • Archives/Special Collections
  • Periodicals

How many books or media items may I check out?

Borrowing Limits

Books

Media

ILL Checkouts

MOBIUS

Students

30

3

5

5

ThM and PhD Students

60

3

10

10

Faculty

60

3

10

10

Staff

10

3

5

5

Alumni

10

N/A

N/A

N/A

Area Minister

5

1

N/A

N/A

Guest

5

N/A

N/A

N/A

Family Member

10

1

N/A

N/A

How can I renew Items?

  • Online at My Library Account. Use the 13 digit number on your ID card.
  • In person at the Circulation Desk. The first time a book is renewed there is no need to bring the book.
  • By phone at (816) 414-3729--Full title and patron ID information must be given
  • By sending an e-mail message to: circ@mbts.edu

Circumstances in which items cannot be renewed

  • Items having a hold placed by other patrons
  • Items already having the maximum number of renewals
    • If item is still needed, it can be returned at the Circulation Desk
    • It can then be checked out again as long as it has not been requested by another patron
  • The patron account has been blocked due to the number of overdue items . Items must be returned  before renewal is available

PhD Students

  • There is no automatic renewal of overdue items for PhD students
  • PhD students must notify the Library of the need to renew items

How do I return Library items?

  • Return to the Library Circulation Desk when the Library is open
  • Items may also be mailed back to MBTS Library at student’s expense

MBTS Library

5001 N. Oak Trafficway

Kansas City, MO 64118

  • Graduating students should return all library items at least one day before Commencement

  • It is the responsibility of the patron to return items in the same condition in which they were checked out.
  • Books are checked for damage both as they are checked out and as they are checked in. 
  • If an item is returned with significant damage, the item will need to be replaced.
  • Patrons will be notified by email of irreparable damage and the replacement cost will be added to the patron’s library account.

Examples of significant damage:

  • Water damage
  • Torn pages
  • Underlining and highlighting
  • Stains
  • Bugs or animal damage

 

Overdue Materials

  • No overdue fines will be charged.
  • Checkout privileges are blocked if 3 or more items are overdue
  • 3 overdue notices will be sent as a courtesy via MBTS student email. Failure to see the notices does not remove the patron’s responsibility to return materials on time
  • If an item is not returned after being overdue for 30 days, the item is declared lost, and a billing notice is sent showing the following fees:
    • MBTS Books--Replacement cost if known, as determined by Library (or default fee of $60) + $20 processing fee
    • MOBIUS/ILL book replacement fee--Determined by lending library (up to $120 for MOBIUS books)
    • Once the charges are sent to Financial Services, they must be paid there. After this point the book will be replaced and therefore the charge cannot be adjusted even if the original copy is returned.
    • Replacement copies will not be accepted.                  

 

 

 

 

Please contact the Circulation Desk at (816) 414-3729 with any questions you may have.