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Seminary San Diego Borrowing Privileges

The Seminary San Diego library provides you with many different types of materials. Find the borrowing policy that applies to you, and see additional information listed below about borrowing and returning items as well as getting a guest or alumni library card.

Check Out Periods

Students/Staff Faculty SCATLA Guests
Main Collection Books 6 weeks 4 months 6 weeks 6 weeks
Reference Collection None None None None
Books from CLIC Libraries 6 weeks 4 months None

Books from non-CLIC libraries Varies



eBooks 7 days 7 days None None
Audio Cassettes 3 weeks 3 weeks Varies Varies
CDs Varies Varies Varies Varies
DVDs Varies Varies None None
VHS 3 weeks 3 weeks None None
Magazine/Journals None None None None
Course Reserves 2 hours, 2 days or 1 week 2 hours, 2 days or 1 week None


Guest Borrowing

Includes Bethel alumni and seminary libraries consortium members

Guest library card application

  • Guests may apply for a library card by filling out a registration form
  • Alumni: Free
  • Guests: $25 registration fee and $10 annual renewal

Library card policies

  • Guest Library Card may only be used at the library where the registration form was submitted.
  • Guests must agree to comply with the policies of the Seminary Library and to pay fees charged.
  • Guests must agree to give prompt notice of any change of address, phone number, or of card loss.
  • Students, faculty, and staff from SCATLA Libraries may check out books according to the SCATLA Cooperative Borrowing Policy.

Checking Out Library Materials

Library materials may be checked out at the Circulation Desk.

Mailing Library Material

  • The library will mail material to students enrolled in the InMinistry or Doctor of Ministry program who live outside San Diego County, California OR the seven county Twin Cities Metro area in Minnesota.
  • Students must pay for return shipping
  • All other students must pick up their materials at the library.

Borrowing Privileges at Other Libraries

  • You must know and honor the policies of any library from which you borrow materials.
  • Southern California Theological Library Association (SCATLA) member libraries: Bethel Seminary San Diego students, faculty, and staff have direct borrowing privileges. See the SCATLA website for additional borrowing information.


Contact Bethel Seminary San Diego: 619.325.5201