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Services and Policies

Circulation by Format of Material

  • Books — 4 weeks
  • Periodicals — 2 days
  • Videos — 1 week
  • CDs — 7 days to students; non-circulating to community patrons
  • LPs — 7 days
  • Reference books — 2 days; many do not circulate
  • Reserve — Varies; usually 2 hours

Overdue Policies

Overdue notices are sent out 7 days after regular circulating material is overdue. Notices are then sent out at 7-day intervals. After four weeks, patrons are billed for the replacement of the overdue item, along with appropriate processing charges.

Overdue notices for Reserve materials are generated immediately after an item is due. After 7 days, patrons are billed for the replacement of the overdue item, along with appropriate processing charges.

Patrons with outstanding replacement balances or more than 3 lost items must receive permission of a librarian before checking out library materials.

Overdue notices are sent out via e-mail whenever possible. If a patron does not have an e-mail address, a paper overdue notice will be sent.


Patrons may renew materials a maximum of three times. Subsequent renewals require approval of a librarian. You may request renewals in person, by phone or by e-mail. You do not have to bring the material into the library to renew it.

Library Cards

Bethel College students are not required to acquire library cards in order to check out library materials. Library cards, however, enable patrons to check their library records online through Voyager, the library’s automated system. Community patrons may obtain library cards at the Circulation Desk during regular operating hours.

Miscellaneous Services

A photocopier is available on the main level of the library. Copies are 10 cents; change is available at the Circulation Desk. Students and community patrons may not charge copies.

Only registered students, faculty and staff may use library computers, with the exception of one computer located at the Circulation Desk. That computer’s primary function is to provide access to the college’s library catalog and related resources. Library computers are all Internet-accessible and all are equipped with Microsoft Office.

A networked laser printer is located on the main floor of the library. Print jobs from any library computer should be sent to this printer. Printouts are free for students and 10 cents per page for community members.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.