In order to check out materials, all patrons need to be entered into our computer system and must show a valid picture ID, such as a current student ID or a current driver’s license. There is no separate library card.
The normal checkout period is 21 days. Items placed on reserve by professors are generally library use only. You may renew books in person or by phone (714-966-6381), unless another patron has requested the materials you have checked out.
When you check out materials, you will receive a list of the items you are checking out, plus any you have previously checked out and still have. However, patrons with overdues or fines over $5.00 will not be able to check out any materials until their account has been settled.
Although we’re a Christian university, there’s a limit to our grace! Charges for overdue materials are listed below:
|Regular checkouts||$.25 per day|
|1-week||$.25 per day|
|2-hour||$.50 per hour|
|1-day||$.10 per hour|
|dvds||$1.00 per day|
If you check out material and fail to return it, we consider it to be lost. If you’re a VUSC student, you will be notified that your Vanguard student account will be charged for the overdue fine and replacement costs (which may run over $100 per item). If you’re a guest patron, you will receive a bill. The minimum cost to replace any lost item is $25.00, plus late fees. The maximum cost will be the amount charged the library. Items that cannot be located or are out of print will be an automatic $100.00 charge, plus late fees. If you’ve lost something and want to replace it yourself, this must be done within a month and the replacement item must be in good condition. DVDs and music CDs must be new. After one month, the library will replace the item and charge you for it.
The library reserves the right to recall any item checked out if it is needed by another patron. In that case, the person with the book checked out will have two days to return it. If not returned promptly, a fine will be placed on the person’s record.
Suspension of checkout privileges
The library will suspend checkout privileges of anyone who is consistently overdue with materials, or whose contact information has expired or is wrong. It’s the responsibility of the patron to notify the library if their phone number or email has changed.
Some items do not circulate outside the library without a librarian’s permission. These include:
- Archival materials
- Reference materials
- Rare and Pentecostal Collection books
- Microfiche and microfilm
Guests from the community or from other universities are welcome to use the library and its databases. Guests who want to have checkout privileges pay a fee to do so. They are also welcome to use computers only when demand isn’t high. Guests must complete a registration form and library staff will make a copy of their ID. Contact a librarian for more information.
A reference librarian is here to help you everyday the library is open with the exception of Saturdays. The biblical studies reference room is located to the left of the main entrance and contains Bibles, concordances, commentaries, Bible-related dictionaries, and encyclopedias. Our second reference collection is on the main floor by the scanner. This collection holds reference works in the areas of history, education, business, art, music, theater, language, literature, and science. Reference material cannot be checked out.
We subscribe to a growing number of online databases. These are accessible off campus for currently enrolled students and VU faculty and staff. Ask a librarian for more information. Guests must come to the library to use the databases. To access more information about them, consult A Guide to Subscription Databases Available at VUSC’s Online Library.