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Dickhaut Library: About the Library & Library Policies

J.W. Dickhaut Library - Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO) - 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware OH 43015 - (740) 362-3450 - library@mtso.edu

About The Library:

The primary mission of the library is to support the information needs of students, faculty and staff. Other individuals, including alumni, local clergy, and students and researchers at other theological institutions, also may apply for borrowing privileges.

The John W. Dickhaut Library, named for MTSO's founding president, is the school's primary information and research resource.  With more than 130,000 volumes onsite, the library offers borrowers access to 48 million volumes thanks to its membership in the Ohio Private Academic (OPAL) and OhioLINK consortia.  It also provides access to roughly 30,000 online and print journals.

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Building Policy & Donation Policy:

  • Policy regarding food and beverages while visiting the library.
  • Procedure for donating print material to the library.

FOOD & DRINK in the Library

Following the guidelines below helps to insure the health and safety of all library users and a long life for library collections, furnishings, and equipment. Library users are asked to be considerate of others and to avoid consuming food items that create messes, strong odors, and/or noise.

Acceptable food: “Snack size” containers of chips, cookies, candy, and other snack foods; small amounts of finger foods (e.g., small size fruits and vegetables, dried fruits and nuts, string cheese); candy bars, granola bars, power bars, etc.; and other snack foods that are not messy and lack a distracting odor.

Unacceptable food: Hot entrees, e.g., burgers, French fries, pizza, noodles, sub sandwiches, burritos, tacos, soup, large size bags or packages of chips, crackers, cookies, doughnuts, salad, etc., and other foods that are messy and emit a distracting odor.

Beverages in covered, spill-proof containers, or capped bottles and snacks are permitted except:

  • at library workstations.
  • in other areas as posted.

Please be considerate of other library users. We therefore ask that you act responsibly when consuming food and drink in the library. Please bring all food garbage to the lobby to discard on your way out of the library. Food garbage should not go into the trashcans that are in the library. Please collect up and bring out your trash.

Please clean up after yourself. Help us keep work surfaces clean. Please report accidental spills to the circulation desk as soon as possible so that they can be addressed quickly.

Library staff has final approval of any sort of food, beverage, or container allowed in the Dickhaut Library, and reserve the right to exclude any food, beverage, or container for any reason. Users disregarding the Food and Drink Policy will be asked to leave the .ibrary.

The classrooms on the lower or ground level of the Dickhaut Library are not subject to the above restrictions. However, anyone eating in those classrooms during a scheduled class is expected to dispose of food wastes in the large receptacles provided.

Gift of Print Books

Due to limited shelf space, proposed gifts of new or used materials are subject to acceptance by library staff. The materials are evaluated based on their relevance to supporting the curriculum and mission of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

Dickhaut Library may decline offers of gift materials that meet any of the following criteria:

  • duplicate existing holdings
  • fall outside the scope of its collections
  • are in poor physical condition and require extensive repair or conservation
  • contain mold or malodour
  • include donor restrictions that the library cannot honor
  • are single issues of periodicals
  • copies of titles held by other libraries in consortia

If you are considering a donation of print materials, please first contact the library director of Dickhaut Library at 740-362-3435 or library@mtso.edu two weeks before bringing any books to the library.  No gift materials delivered to the library without consulting the library director beforehand will be accepted.

Receiving and processing gifts: The director of Dickhaut Library will acknowledge each gift with a letter. However, because of legal restrictions, Dickhaut Library is unable to assign value or provide appraisals of gift materials. A donor is entitled to an income tax deduction within Internal Revenue Service regulations. The donor must file IRS Form 8283 if claiming a deduction for non-cash gifts totaling $500-$5,000 within a calendar year.

Thank you for considering giving to the Dickhaut Library.

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MTSO Patrons: "My Account"

Information for MTSO students, faculty and staff regarding:

  • Your library card
  • "My Account" on the Library Catalog
  • Borrowing privileges, Fines and Fees

Visitor Policy, please see: Non MTSO Patrons

Your student ID also serves as your library card


        The barcode is your login password

Direct access to My Account login screen

Enter your name (Last, First)
Enter the barcode on the back of your student ID

To access your library account while browsing the Library Catalog, click the link to My Account in the upper right hand corner of the catalog.

The screen will display all material checked out, on hold at the library, and the status of requested material.
Select Checked Out in the My Details box to view all borrowed material.
PLEASE NOTE:  Interlibrary Loan (material not requested through OPAL or OhioLINK) will not be displayed.

Material can be renewed through My Account as long as no other patron has placed a hold on it.

Questions?
Please contact the circulation desk for assistance. 740-362-3450.  Thank You.

Items are held at the circulation desk for 2 weeks.

Item request limits:

  • Faculty and Staff
    15 items at a time through OPAL & OhioLINK
  • Students
    10 items at a time through OPAL and OhioLINK

MTSO Book collection loan period:

  • Faculty and Staff
    90 days with 3 renewals unless a hold is placed.
  • Students
    21 days with 4 renewals unless a hold is placed.

OPAL & OhioLINK Book collection loan period:

  • Faculty & Staff
    42 days with 6 renewals unless a hold is placed.
  • Students
    21 days with 6 renewals unless a hold is placed.

MTSO media collection loan period:

  • 14 days with 3 renewals unless a hold is placed.

OPAL & OhioLINK media collections loan period:

  • 7 days with 3 renewals.

You will receive a series of overdue notices before fines begin to accrue. 

Overdue fines for MTSO material:

  • On the day that fines accrue the do so at the rate of $0.25 per day back to the original date due.
  • Replacement cost: $75.00 + a $50.00 processing fee

Overdue fines for OPAL & OhioLINK material:

  • $0.50 per day
  • $50.00  if late 30 or more days
  • BILLED items (overdue 30 days) $125.00 + added fines or fee determined by the owning library.

PLEASE NOTE:
Returning an overdue or Billed item will not eliminate fines or fees.

Lose of library privileges can occur if cost of overdue fines exceeds:

  • $50.00 for Faculty, Students & Staff

Borrowing privileges are restored upon payment of the fine balance.

How to pay for fines:

-Fines can be paid for at the circulation desk (Cash or Check only) - receipt provided
-Fines can also be paid at the Business Office located in Werner Hall 103
   Mon. thru Fri., 8:30 am to 4:30 pm  (Lunch 12 to 1)

Questions?
Please contact the library circulation desk at 740-362-3450.  Thank You.

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Library Technology:

  • Printing, copying, scanning for MTSO and Non MTSO patrons, use and cost.
  • Access to the Internet and Electronic Databases
  • What you will find in the computer workstations at the library

Printing, Copying & Scanning

Located on the main level of the library.
Costs:

  • $0.05 per page for Black & White copies
  • $0.15 per page for Color copies
  • FREE Scanning to email
  • FREE Scanning to USB drive

Student/Faculty & Staff use:

  • User name is your MTSO email (exclude @mtso.edu)
  • Password is your MTSO email password
  • Problems with your email account are to be addressed by IT support:support@mtso.edu
  • Your copy account is provided through the Business Office
    Located in Werner 103 - Mon. thru Fri., 8:30 am to 4:30 pm  (Lunch 12 to 1)
    Money to your copy account can only be added by the Business Office.

PLEASE NOTE: Adjunct Faculty  - please go to Gault to have copies made.

Non MTSO Patrons (included MTSO Alumni, Clergy, Researchers and the General Public)
We recommend you bring your own USB drive to download full text material you may find while using the library's computer workstations.

  • Copying from print material only.
  • Obtain access code at the circulation desk
  • Cash payment at the circulation desk.
  • No printing from computer workstations available.
  • No scanning to USB drive available.

Computer Workstations

Dickhaut Library has five computer workstations located on the main level of the library.

The computers are configuration with:

  • MicroSoft Windows 7
  • MicroSoft Office 2010 & 2013
  • Internet Explorer
  • Adobe Acrobat pdf reader
  • Networked printing (color printing available)
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Non MTSO Patrons

MTSO Alumni, Clergy, Researchers and the General Public are all considered Visiting Patrons

To become a borrowing member of the Dickhaut Library:

  • Must be a resident of Ohio.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Please bring a photo id with you to show at the circulation desk.
  • Please be prepared to fill out a short application and to pay any applicable membership fees.  (Cash or Check only)
     

MTSO ALUMNI
Access to Electronic Resources
ATLAS for ALUM - Please contact Library Director, Paul Burnam for access information, 740-362-3435 or pburnam@mtso.edu

Library Card - your student ID continues to serve as your "Alumni" Library Card.  However if you no longer have your student ID, a new library card can be issued to you at the circulation desk.  Please bring a photo ID and be prepared to fill out a short application form.  There is no fee involved with renewing your alumni status.  Alumni status is verified through our registrar's office.
Borrowing privileges: 
MTSO Books - 21 days with 4 renewals
MTSO Media - 14 days with 3 renewals
OPAL/OhioLINK Books - 21 days with 6 renewals
OPAL/OhioLINK Media - 7 days with 3 renewals
Access Limitations:
 - No renewals available if a hold is existing on an item.
 - No holds can be placed on OPAL or OhioLINK items.
 - No Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services beyond OPAL or OhioLINK.
 - Course & Permanent Reserves (In-Library use only.)
Item Request Limits:
10 OPAL/OhioLINK library library items (no more than 5 items from OhioLINK libraries that are not OPAL members)
Fines and Fees:
- Courtesy emails are sent out prior to the due date.
- Overdue MTSO material: $0.25/day retroactive to original due date
- Overdue OPAL/OhioLINK material: $0.50/day; $50.00 if late 30 or more days; BILLED (overdue 30 days) $125.00
PLEASE NOTE:
Returning an overdue item will not eliminate fines or fees.

Questions?
Please contact the library circulation desk at 740-362-3450.  Thank You.

CLERGY

Regional members of the clergy residing in Delaware County or any of the contiguous counties: Franklin, Knox, Licking, Marion, Morrow, and Union have free access to the Dickhaut Library collection.

If you do not reside in any of the contiguous counties, please see the information about Visitors.

If you are an Alum of MTSO, please see the information for MTSO Alumni.

Library Card
No Fee is associated with Clergy from the contiguous counties.
A paper library card with a barcode is issued to you at the time of your visit to the library.
Borrowing privileges: 
MTSO Books - 21 days with 4 renewals
MTSO Media - 14 days with 3 renewals
OPAL/OhioLINK Books - 21 days with 6 renewals
OPAL/OhioLINK Media - 7 days with 3 renewals
Access Limitations:
 - No renewals available if a hold is existing on an item.
 - No holds can be placed on OPAL or OhioLINK items.
 - No Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services beyond OPAL or OhioLINK.
 - Course & Permanent Reserves (In-Library use only.)
Item Request Limits:
10 OPAL/OhioLINK library library items (no more than 5 items from OhioLINK libraries that are not OPAL members)
Fines and Fees:
- Courtesy emails are sent out prior to the due date.
- Overdue MTSO material: $0.25/day retroactive to original due date
- Overdue OPAL/OhioLINK material: $0.50/day; $50.00 if late 30 or more days; BILLED (overdue 30 days) $125.00
PLEASE NOTE:
Returning an overdue item will not eliminate fines or fees.

Questions?
Please contact the library circulation desk at 740-362-3450.  Thank You.

VISITORS

Library Card
A paper library card with a barcode is issued to you at the time of your visit to the library.
Borrowing privileges: 
MTSO Books - 21 days with 4 renewals
MTSO Media - 14 days with 3 renewals
OPAL/OhioLINK Books - 21 days with 6 renewals
OPAL/OhioLINK Media - 7 days with 3 renewals
Access Limitations:
 - No renewals available if a hold is existing on an item.
 - No holds can be placed on OPAL or OhioLINK items.
 - No Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services beyond OPAL or OhioLINK.
 - Course & Permanent Reserves (In-Library use only.)
Item Request Limits:
10 OPAL/OhioLINK library library items (no more than 5 items from OhioLINK libraries that are not OPAL members)
Fines:
- Courtesy emails are sent out prior to the due date.
- Overdue MTSO material: $0.25/day retroactive to original due date
- Overdue OPAL/OhioLINK material: $0.50/day; $50.00 if late 30 or more days; BILLED (overdue 30 days) $125.00
PLEASE NOTE:
Returning an overdue item will not eliminate fines or fees.
Fees:
Lifetime membership fee- $30.00 (Check or Cash only)
Printing/Copying  - Please see: Library Technology.

Questions?
Please contact the library circulation desk at 740-362-3450.  Thank You.

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J.W. Dickhaut Library - Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO) - 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware OH 43015 - (740) 362-3450 - library@mtso.edu