COVID-19 Response

Library services and policies related to COVID-19


COVID-19 and Southeastern Seminary

Like many institutions in the US and around the world, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is currently taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Seminary has a FAQ page on COVID-19, and you can learn more about the Seminary's response here

Library Reopening

Beginning Monday, May 11, the Library at Southeastern will reopen to SEBTS students, faculty, and staff. Our hours will be Monday through Saturday, 8 AM to 5 PM. To ensure the safety of our patrons and staff, we are implementing the following measures. 

  • Library Staff and Facilities Management are working together to make sure hard surface areas are regularly cleaned at a heightened rate. 
  • All patrons entering must show a seminary student, staff, or faculty ID. 
  • Both in-person and distance circulation services are being restored. Patrons checking out books in-person will be asked to place them barcode up at the circulation desk. Library staff will scan the barcodes. Patrons will be asked to desensitize the books. 
  • Books may be returned at the book drop on the outside of the library. All returned books are quarantined for three days before returning to circulation.
  • The reference collection will function as closed stacks during this time. Patrons who need to access reference materials may request scans at the reference desk. 
  • Patrons and staff should maintain a social distance of at least six feet at all times. Library staff may request patrons to adhere to social distancing rules. 
  • No more than two people at a time may sit at the larger library tables. No more than one person may sit at the smaller tables. 
  • Library Staff will continue to provide scanning services to patrons who request them.

How to Request a Scanned Item