The purpose of the George M. Manuel Library’s circulation policies is to allow maximum access to the collection for all its clientele and at the same time exercise judicious control over materials. Available materials and the policies which govern the use of each are as follows:


  1. All materials must be checked-out by a library attendant, including materials retrieved by faculty and staff. The patron may ring the bell if an attendant is not present at the checkout counter.
  2. The normal checkout period is 2 weeks. Patrons who live at least 45 minutes from PIU may receive a 4-7-week checkout period. Piedmont’s Ph.D. students may checkout items for up to 3 months. Piedmont’s faculty and staff have an unlimited checkout period but are expected not to take unfair advantage of this.
  3. Items may be renewed for additional checkout periods unless someone else is on the waiting list for them. The additional checkout periods are limited to two. If the additional checkout periods are used up, the patron must wait until two days after the item is returned before the item can be checked out again. If there are extra copies of the item available for checkout, additional checkouts over two may be requested.
  4. Seven books on a given subject may be checked-out at one time. A maximum of eighteen books and thirty total items may be checked-out. Piedmont’s Ph.D. students may checkout up to twenty-five books. Piedmont’s faculty and staff have no limit but are expected not to take unfair advantage of this.
  5. If a desired item has been checked-out, the patron may request that he be put on the waiting list for the item so that it is reserved for him when it is returned.
  6. When returning items, patrons should place them on the shelf of the checkout desk on which the computer monitor stands.
  7. The library welcomes any who are not a part of the university family to use the library, but they must abide by library policies. Further, the library requires that those who are not part of the university family, involved in full-time Christian service, or members of a consortia library pay a one-time fee of $5.00 as part of the application procedure to check items out.
  8. Children whose parents are not patrons of the library may check out items from the library in accordance with the following policy:
    1. Children under 16 may obtain library check-out privileges by applying for it and paying the one-time $5 fee, if a parent or guardian signs the application.
    2. They may only check out items on their viewing or reading level.
    3. They may have 2 items checked out at a time.
  9. Patrons should not reshelve items. Items taken from the shelves but not checked-out should be placed on the shelf of the checkout desk on which the computer monitor stands. This helps to avoid the loss of items and also helps the library staff to keep statistics which are needed for reports to the government and accrediting organizations.
  10. The fine for an overdue item (besides reserve) is 50 cents per day.
  11. A patron may not check out items if he has an overdue item or fine. A hold on a student’s portal access and other disciplinary measures may also be used for overdue items and fines.
  12. If an item’s due date falls on a day the library is closed, the due date will be changed to the next available day.
  13. When a patron damages or defaces an item or returns an item which has been damaged or defaced while it was checked out to him, he may be assessed a repair fee. In the event an item is severely damaged or defaced, a fee equal to its replacement value may be assessed. The item will remain the property of the library even if one of these fees has been paid.
  14. An item that is lost must be replaced or a replacement fee paid and, in addition, a $5 fee paid for replacement labor. The replacement fee will be commensurate with the current replacement cost for the item.



  1. This is the chief collection of books.
  2. These may be checked-out.



  1. Reference items include dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, yearbooks, and almanacs. 
  2. These are limited to use in the library.



  1. Each semester, at the request of professors, some items are kept on the shelves behind the Desk and are known as reserve items. These are items for which heavy use is anticipated.
  2. There are seven categories of reserve items, the particular designation to be determined by the professor as follows:
    1. Closed Reserve items may not be taken out of the Library. Items are often given this designation when there is likely to be a high volume demand for them.
    2. Overnight Reserve items may be checked-out and must be returned the following day.
    3. Two-Day Reserve items may be checked-out for two days.
    4. Three-Day Reserve items may be checked-out for three days.
    5. One-Week Reserve items may be checked-out for one week.
    6. One-Month Reserve items may be checked-out for one month.
    7. Semester Reserve items may be checked-out for the entire semester.
  3. The fine for an overdue reserve item is $1.00 per day.
  4. Because of the limited number of reserve copies, only currently enrolled students are permitted to check-out reserve items. In unusual circumstances faculty are permitted to check-out these items but are encouraged to return them quickly.
  5. Reserve items should be obtained from a library attendant, but limited browsing is allowed.



  1. Digital periodicals are available through the library’s internet databases and periodical sites—see the “Internet and Local Computer Resources” section below.
  2. Current print periodicals are located on the south wall of the library.
  3. Selected back-issue print periodicals which have been bound are shelved on the north walls of the library.
  4. If a person needs a back issue of an unbound print periodical, it may be requested from a library attendant.
  5. Print periodicals are limited to use in the library. A $25.00 fine may be assessed to anyone who takes a print periodical out of the library.



  1. The library catalog, i.e. mostly the library’s physical resources, is searchable on the two aisle computers (i.e. the “Search Computers”) and through a link on the library homepage. Assistance in searching the catalog or in locating an item on the shelf is always available from the library staff.
  2. These databases are available through the library homepage. Video-tutorials for these are also available through the Library website or through the library’s YouTube channel.
    1. EBSCO’s American Doctoral Dissertations, 1933-1955 – This is a database of the dissertations accepted by American universities during that time period, most of which are full-text.
    2. EBSCO’s ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials – This is the premiere database with respect to theological issues. Although one may find it somewhat limiting with regard to full text availability, it does index major theological journals.
    3. EBSCO’s Audiobook Collection – This is a small database of religious audiobooks.
    4. EBSCO’s Business Source Premier – This is a premier database for business research resources, many of which are full-text.
    5. EBSCO’s eBook Collection – This is a database of over 4000 full-text books, many of them religious.
    6. EBSCO’s Education Source – This is a database for education resources, many of which are full-text.
    7. EBSCO’s Regional Business News – This is a database of regional business publications covering the United States, most of which are full-text.
    8. Galaxie – This focuses on many of the more conservative journals in the area of Bible and theology. Everything is full-text; it is a valuable resource tool.
    9. Health Reference Center – This is a database of articles and videos, etc. related to health and psychology. This will be helpful to psychology, counseling, youth ministry, and physical education courses.
    10. JSTOR – This is a robust, multi-disciplinary generally full-text database. Probably most effective for general education and education, although its use for select Bible subjects should not be ruled out.
    11. ProQuest’s Dissertations & Theses Global – This is the premier database for dissertations and theses, most of which are full-text.
    12. TREN – This is a full-text database of theses and dissertations from graduate schools and seminaries. Because the library is limited to five hundred initial downloads per year, it attempts to reserve these for graduate students. Once a document is downloaded, it becomes the property of the library.
  3. Current digital periodicals to which the library subscribes are linked through the library’s homepage.
  4. Many free Internet research resources are linked through the library’s Outside Resources section on its website.
  5. These computer programs are installed on the Research Computer adjacent to the two aisle Search Computers.
    1. BibleWorks 8
    2. Encyclopaedia Britannica
    3. Oxford English Dictionary



  1. Education Lab resources include teacher-aid materials, juvenile literature, flannelgraph, illustrated lessons, and illustrated songs.
  2. These may be checked-out.



  1. Dissertations and theses from graduating students of previous years have been placed in the library.
  2. These are limited to use in the library.



  1. This unique collection of older and significant publications is named for a long-time faculty member and library director.
  2. Access to retrieve an item from the Rare Book Collection is limited to Library personnel.
  3. Anyone seeking to use an item from the Rare Book Collection must agree and do the following:
    1. Sign in the Rare Book Researcher Registry and indicate nature of research
    2. Sit and work at the table closest to the Rare Book room
    3. Remove briefcase or backpack and other personal materials to the other end of the tables
    4. Use only laptop or paper and pencil (provided in Rare Book room) for note taking
    5. Wash hands (with very little soap) and dry thoroughly before handling archival materials
    6. Handle wearing white gloves (provided in Rare Book room) those items indicated by signage. After being used once, such gloves should be set aside as soiled.
  4. Personnel are responsible to retrieve the items requested.
  5. No more than three items should be brought out at a time. The researcher should then be visibly monitored from the circulation desk while working with materials.
  6. Once the researcher is finished with the items, they should then be checked for added material, damage, etc. before being carefully returned to a designated shelf.
  7. Browsing in the Rare Book Collection is a special privilege and is allowed only by permission of the Library Staff.



  1. Equipment for viewing is in the library.
  2. Microfilm and microfiche materials are limited to use in the library.



  1. These collections include items on popular and academic levels.
  2. Each of these (except LP records and restricted items) may be checked-out.



  1. These include a laptop, digital projectors, iPad, projector screens, wireless presenter remote, easels, VGA adapters for various Apple products, Kindle, cassette player, CD player, TV, DVD player, VCR, transparency projectors, scanner, laminators, copier, and transparencies.
  2. Some of these resources may be checked-out.
  3. One laptop may only be checked-out forclass periods that require its use, for student organizations, and for school sponsored activities.
  4. Equipment failures should be reported to the library staff.



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