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Hekman Library for Seminary Distance Education

Librarian-crafted guide to services and resources in Hekman library for Calvin Seminary Distance Education students

Borrowing at Hekman

CTS Distance Education students can borrow anything from Hekman's physical collection using their Seminary student ID card (except for items from a few special collections, such as Reference and Rare Books). Borrow up to 75 books at a time, for a check out period of 6 weeks, but remember to return those items on time! You will receive an email from the library when your items are due soon, as a reminder, but remember that you can also log in to your library account any time to check your due dates and renew items. Most books can be renewed multiple times, unless they have been requested by another patron.

For more general circulation policies, see the library's Circulation page.

How to Find Books and Journals

(Check out the video tutorials on the Find General Library Info page for a good, visual overview of how to find materials in Hekman Library)

Tips for Searching in Hekman Library:

  • Use the Library Catalog to search for print books and journals - try either entering your search terms as keywords for a broad search or perhaps try an author, title, or subject search with other information
  • The Limits options under the search box can be used to search for specific kinds of materials - for Ebooks, change Type to "Books" and Forms to "Online" or for Print Journals, change Type to "Journals" and Forms to "Print"
  • The results page in the catalog displays snapshots of information for all kinds of materials. The important details to locate these materials are shown in the grey boxes - Collection, Shelving Location, Call Number, and Status. Status will tell you if a book is available or checked out, and the rest will tell you which floor it is on and what call number to look for on the shelf.
  • If a book you'd like is checked out, you can click the "Place Hold" button in the information box to request to be the next person to check it out, so as soon as it is returned, you will receive an email from the library to let you know it is your turn
  • If you're not sure when a book you've checked out is due, you can go to your account (look near the top of the catalog page or the library homepage) to see the full list of everything you have checked out and when it is due - here, you can also renew these items online by checking them and clicking "Renew"
  • Remember, in order to place holds or renew items, as well as access ebooks and other electronic resources from off-campus, you must log into My Account on the library website

Screenshot of Hekman Library catalog search results page

Not Finding What You're Looking For?

Even if Hekman Library doesn't own a particular book or article that you need, you can borrow or get a copy from another library through our MeL and ILL sharing services. Just use the links below to search outside of Hekman's holdings and make requests - if you have any questions or problems, the librarians are always available to help!

Not On Calvin's Campus?

If you are further than 40 miles from campus (see map below), you can ask the library to send you books by mail or UPS - just contact Paul Fields directly with the titles of the items you need. We pay the shipping there, and you are responsible for for shipping them back before they are due. 

Close up of Grand Rapids area map, circle at 40 mile radius