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Mission & policies - Eden Theological Seminary Library

The library's mission ♦ Who may use the library? ♦ Use of public computers ♦ Who may borrow? ♦ Circulation services - Emerson Library@Webster University ♦ Blocking of patron accounts ♦ Confidentiality of borrower records ♦ Copyright law compliance

The library's mission

The Luhr Reading & Reference Library supports Eden Theological Seminary's mission of educating pastors and teachers, enlivening critical reflection on faith, and encouraging Christian discipleship by providing access to historical and current theological scholarship relevant to teaching, research, learning and ministry.

Who may use the library?

The primary users of the Luhr Reading & Reference Library at Eden Theological Seminary are the students, faculty, and staff of Eden and Webster University. Persons from other colleges and universities are also welcome to use our materials. Other adults who wish to read and do research in the fields of religion and theology are welcome to use our resources on the premises. For information about loan privileges, see Who may borrow. High school students may also use our books and journals only when their school or public libraries do not have adequate resources. Children under high school age are not allowed in the library unless accompanied at all times by an adult who is responsible for the child.

Use of public computers

Students, faculty, and staff of Eden Seminary and Webster University have priority in the use of the library's public computers.

The library does not allow the use of public computers for the playing of games or similar activities, and children are not permitted to use the computers.

The library supports freedom of expression for all members of the seminary community as well as persons from other schools and guests from the general public. This right must be balanced with the need to provide an educational and working environment free from harassment.

The displaying on the library's computers of potentially offensive or sexually explicit materials intended to demean persons of a particular gender, race, creed, ethnicity, age, disability, or sexual orientation may create a hostile working environment which violates library and seminary policies as well as federal law. Persons displaying such materials may be asked to leave the library.

Who may borrow?

Eden faculty, staff and students have borrowing privileges at Emerson Library at Webster University Library. Please call Webster University Library 1st floor Service desk at (314) 968.6952 or toll-free: 1-(800) 985.4279 for information about obtaining materials.

Circulation services - Emerson Library at Webster University

Please see Circulation services for information about loan periods, fines, and renewing materials.

Blocking of patron accounts

The library reserves the right to block borrower privileges due to excessive fines and fees.

Confidentiality of borrower records

The Webster-Eden Library System libraries affirm the American Library Association's Code of Ethics, which states that "[librarians] protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received, and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted."

The Webster-Eden Library System avoids creating unnecessary records and also avoids retaining records that are not needed for the efficient operation of the library system. Any requests for Eden patron information will be denied unless compliance is required by state and federal law in response to a subpoena, search warrant, or other court order. Such law enforcement requests will be referred to Eden's legal counsel to determine whether compliance is necessary.

Copyright law compliance

The Luhr Reading & Reference Library adheres to the provisions of the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17 United States Code) and in good faith follows the law's fair use clauses with regard to providing electronic reserves and the making of photocopies of materials from its collections for research use. Library staff will not make copies of materials that are intended for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.

Library users are responsible for complying with the copyright law with regard to any copies that they receive from the Webster-Eden Library System as well as copies they make by using the photocopiers and printers.