Guide to Services - CST & Claremont Lincoln

Claremont School of Theology Library is the major resource center for the study of religion at Claremont. Its primary mission is to provide resources and services in support of the research and educational aims of Claremont School of Theology and its affiliates, and members of the Claremont Lincoln University Consortium. The Library is a member of OCLC, SCELC (Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium), SCATLA (Southern California Area Theological Library Association), and ATLA (American Theological Library Association).

Library Privileges

Borrowers must present a valid Claremont School of Theology Library card to check out items. Persons affiliated with Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Lincoln University can be issued a card after completing a registration process. Questions about borrowing and other services may be directed to Library staff.

Please note: Persons with Claremont School of Theology ID/Library cards do not automatically have borrowing privileges at The Claremont Colleges Library. See the handout “CST/CLU Guide, How to Obtain a Borrowers Card for The Claremont Colleges Library,” also available at

CST Library services for Claremont School of Theology, Claremont Lincoln University, and collaborating institutions include:

  • borrowing privileges for circulating items
  • reference assistance
  • use of special collections and reference materials within the building
  • on-site access to electronic resources
  • remote access to electronic resources
  • interlibrary loan
  • use of the Computer Lab and public workstations
  • searches for Library materials
  • recalls and holds on circulating items
  • use of photocopiers and printers
  • locker assignments (based on availability)

Circulation Materials

Loan Periods

Books in the general collection are loaned to students for 28-day periods. (PhD students who have advanced to candidacy are eligible for semester checkouts.) Books loaned to faculty and staff are renewable annually. Reserve items are loaned for 2-hour, 4-hour, 1-day, 2-day or 7-day periods. Items on 2- and 4-hour reserve may be borrowed overnight if they are checked out one hour before the Library closes and returned by 9:30 am the next day the Library is open. Circulating items may be renewed if there are no requests from other patrons. Reserve items are limited to three renewals. Periodicals, reference items, and special collections materials do not circulate. Other Library materials (for example, CDs and DVDs) are available for short-term loans.

Borrowers are responsible for tracking the due dates of all items they check out. Borrowers can confirm due dates and renew materials by accessing their Library account through the Blais catalog at Select “Renew your books”; then enter name and Claremont School of Theology Library card number. Borrowers also can renew materials by calling the Circulation Desk at (909) 447-2589. Patrons are responsible for notifying Circulation staff of address changes (email and postal) so that Library notices can be delivered promptly.

Overdue Materials and Fines

Renewal reminders and overdue notices for circulating items are sent to borrowers by email or postal service on a regular basis. The notices include reserves. A copy of the fine policy is available at Circulation and also at

Holds, Recalls, Searches

Patrons may request holds/recalls on circulating items, and recall due dates apply after items have been checked out for two weeks. Circulating items are subject to recall, from all categories of borrowers. Holds and recalls for items at Claremont School of Theology Library must be completed by staff, and request forms are available for patrons at Circulation. (Circulation records are confidential; names of borrowers are not disclosed.) Items that patrons cannot find should be reported to Circulation for searching.

Book Return

An after-hours book return (wall unit) is located to the north of the Library entrance.

References and Interlibrary Loan

Research and reference questions should be directed to staff at the Reference Desk. If reference staff is not available, information request forms (located at Reference) may be filled out and left in the basket on the Reference counter, or the Catalog Librarian may be consulted. The Reference Librarian may also be contacted by telephone or email.

Staff at the Reference Desk can also help patrons locate materials available at nearby institutions, and can process requests to borrow materials through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). ILL request forms are available at the Reference Desk and may be filled out and left in the basket on the counter; or requests may be submitted to the Reference Librarian by telephone or email.

Computer Lab and Public Computers

The Computer Lab is available for students, faculty and staff of Claremont School of Theology, Claremont Lincoln University, and collaborating institutions. Handouts with information and guidelines are posted in the Lab. The Director of Academic Computing is available to provide technical assistance for Library and Lab computers.

The Computer Lab is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. When the Library is open, patrons enter and leave the Lab through the Library entrance. When the Library is closed, persons with an appropriate ID can enter and leave through the outside Lab door by swiping their ID card.

Public computers are available in the Library for patron use. A wireless connection also is available and Library staff can provide access information.

Other Information

Course Reserve Materials

Course textbooks (required and recommended) usually are placed on print reserve. Additional course materials may also be placed on print or electronic reserve.

Print reserve items are shelved behind the Circulation Desk. (Refer to binders that list reserve items by name of instructor.) Blais catalog records also indicate if a book is on reserve, and print reserve lists can be viewed by selecting “Course reserves” on the Blais web page ( at the top of the “See Also” box. (Note: The choice “Electronic reserves on Sakai” does not apply to CST/CLU courses.)

Electronic reserve using the ERes system is available for articles, portions of books, lectures, PowerPoint presentations, etc. A link to the ERes website is posted on the Claremont School of Theology Library homepage (“E-RES Electronic Reserves”), as are instructions for accessing materials. These instructions are also available in print in the Library and the Computer Lab.

Electronic Resources

The Claremont School of Theology Library offers numerous databases (bibliographic and full-text) for use as research tools. Access is provided through the list of links posted on the Library’s homepage (“Electronic Resources” in the Research Tools box). The databases may be searched for resources, and/or holdings of specific journals may be checked by title (“Search Electronic Journals”). Library and Lab computers connect readily to these resources; however, the “Remote Access” portal must be used offsite and with the campus wireless connection. Login instructions are posted at the portal and in more detail in the Library’s Database Access Policy.

Note regarding access to electronic resources through the Blais catalog: Links to e-books and e-journals in Blais records are available only to faculty, staff, and students of The Claremont Colleges. Other persons, including those affiliated with Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Lincoln University, have access to these Blais resources only within the Claremont Colleges Library. Inquire about access at that library’s circulation/Information Desk.

Photocopying and Printing

Copy machines and computer printers are available in the Library and Computer Lab. Copiers use a card payment system and patrons can purchase cards at the Circulation Desk. Patrons who print from Library and Lab computers must create an online, pay printing account. Note: Copy cards and printing accounts for Claremont School of Theology Library cannot be used at any other library.

Facilities Policies

Claremont School of Theology Library is a graduate, academic facility for study and research. Minors under the age of 18 (unless enrolled in a college program) may enter the Library only under the direct supervision of an adult, and may not remain in the building for extended periods of time. See “Policy on Children in the Library,” available at or as a handout at the Library.

Patrons are requested to refrain from the use of cell phones in the Library, and to limit food and beverage consumption within the building. The Library atrium is available for patrons to eat or hold phone conversations. Smoking is not permitted in the Library building or atrium.


Library hours are listed on the Claremont School of Theology Library homepage (, and a handout is available at Circulation. Hours are also posted at the building entrance or patrons can contact the Circulation Desk.


Application for a Library locker can be made at the Circulation Desk. A key deposit is required.

All patrons are expected to follow Library policies. Printed copies of Library policies are available at Circulation and posted on the Library website. Claremont School of Theology Library reserves the right to amend or rescind the privileges of any Library patron.