Faculty at Wesley (including regular, permanent adjunct, visiting, temporary faculty, and emeriti) receive generous borrowing privileges to assist them in their research and teaching. As part of our cooperative relationship with other seminaries and institutions of higher education, Wesley faculty are also eligible for borrowing privileges at numerous other institutions.

Borrowing Privileges

Books are loaned for an entire term and audio-visual materials for 14 days. Items may be renewed three times before they have to be returned to the Library. Renewed items are subject to recall. Books may be renewed by email (library@wesleyseminary.edu) or by telephone (202-885-8695).

Library materials cannot be checked out without a current Library card, and only the owner of the card may use it. Because the cardholder is responsible for book replacement costs, materials borrowed from the Library should not be loaned to another person.

Reserve Books

The Library invites you to submit your Course Reserve Lists so that we may place on Reserve items which you would like your students access during the term. We encourage you to submit Reserve Lists before the start of each academic term, as it makes the textbooks for your course available to all students. When items are not placed on reserve, we frequently find that items are checked out and held by one student, making the items unavailable to others in your classes. To place items on reserve, contact the Circulation Supervisor and request a copy of the Reserve Collection Request form.

The Library will place on reserve any materials (required, recommended, and/or suggested) that you would like. If you request an item that is not part of the Library’s collection,

  • and it is a required item for your class, the Library will acquire the item. Acquisitions can take up to eight weeks.
  • and it is a recommended or suggested item for you class, the title will be sent to the Director of the Library and the Acquisitions Librarian who will determine whether the Library will add the item to our collection. If we acquire the item, the process can take up to eight weeks.
  • you may provide the Library with a copy of the item from your personal library or with a photocopy of the item, and the Library will place it on reserve. The Library is not responsible for personal items that are lost or damaged.

If you have any questions or concerns about the reserve process, please do not hesitate to contact the Circulation Supervisor.

Other Institutions

For information about using the Bender Library at American University or the libraries of the Washington Theological Consortium, please visit our Partner Libraries page.
InterLibrary Loan (ILL)
Please visit our InterLibrary Loan page for more information about ILL services.

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