Library Services



Food and drink are permitted in the Library. Beverage containers must have a secure lid.

Patrons are encouraged to be good stewards of our Library by disposing of all food and drink waste appropriately and reporting any spills immediately.


Appropriate noise levels for the Library vary by section.

Generally, the noise level should be increasingly quiet moving from the first floor up to the third floor.

Although conversation is allowed in parts of the Library, we ask that you always try to be considerate of others studying and move to an appropriate area if you plan to engage in extended conversation. Whistling, humming, and singing are not permitted in the Library.

The Common area of the Library (first floor, tiled) may be used for general conversation, small study groups, and moderate-volume phone calls. 

The Reference area (first floor, carpeted) is mainly for quiet study. Groups may have quiet conversation, but since Reference materials may not be taken to other areas of the Library, please be considerate of others using the Reference resources.

The second floor may be used for quiet conversation and small study groups with a low-volume level.

The third floor is the quietest floor and may be used for silent study. Those wishing to engage in conversation should move to the first or second floor.

Boisterous or distracting behavior may result in a patron being asked to leave the library. 

Dress Code and Hygiene

The Library asks that patrons dress in a manner consistent with the Dress Code in the SEBTS Handbook. 

  • Shirts and shoes are required
  • Clothing should not be excessively short or revealing
  • Clothing should not have slogans that are inconsistent with institutional values

Similarly, the Library asks that patrons be considerate of others in regards to their personal hygiene. A person may be asked to leave the library if their personal hygiene interferes with the orderly operation of the library or the ability of users to use and enjoy the facility.

Inclement Weather Closings

In the event of inclement weather closings, the Library will follow the SEBTS delay schedule. 

Delays are calculated from 8am (even though the Library normally opens at 7am). For example, a one-hour delay would cause the Library and SEBTS campus to open at 9am. 

Delays are announced by 6:30am on the morning of the delay.

To receive text alerts, text "SEBTSALERTS" to 888777. To receive email/text alerts, go to, select Security under the Menu tab, and choose "SEBTS Alerts/Announcements" to add your email or cell number.

Computer Use

Acceptable use of Library computers and technology must comply with the full policy in the SEBTS Handbook.

The following activities and behaviors are strictly prohibited:

  • Using or attempting to use the computer accounts of others; revealing passwords or otherwise permitting the use by others (by intent or negligence) of personal accounts for computer and network access
  • Harassing, threatening or harming individuals or classes of people and/or impeding their activities
  • Using the Internet to view pornographic or morally offensive web sites or the electronic distribution of such material
  • The unauthorized copying or use of licensed computer software
  • Intentionally infringing upon the intellectual property rights of others in computer programs or electronic information (including plagiarism and unauthorized use or reproduction)
  • Interference with or disruption of the computer or network accounts, services, or equipment of others, including, but not limited to, the propagation of computer "worms" and "viruses", the sending of electronic chain mail, and the inappropriate sending of "broadcast" messages to large numbers of individuals or hosts; unauthorized scanning of networks for security vulnerabilities
  • Attempting to alter any Southeastern computing or networking components (including, but not limited to routers, switches, and hubs) without authorization
  • Negligence leading to the damage of Southeastern electronic information, computing/networking equipment and resources

Laptop Use

  Laptops are available for checkout at the front Circulation desk.


Current Students, Staff, and Faculty are eligible to check out laptops. Users must:

  • Fill out a Laptop User Form each semester
  • Be willing to assume responsibility for materials and abide by Library policies

Policies & Privileges

  • Borrow one laptop for one day, from as early as 7:00am up to 9:45pm the same day
  • Laptops MUST be returned by 9:45pm at the end of the same day as checkout
  • Laptops are for In-Library use ONLY and may not be left unattended; User is responsible for laptop at all times
  • User is responsible for any loss or damage, whether intentional or accidental
  • User must notify the Library immediately if laptop is lost, stolen, or damaged
  • User must comply with the terms of the SEBTS Handbook for acceptable use of technology

NOTE: We highly recommend using an external data source (such as a USB flash drive or cloud drive) to save your work – the laptops delete material overnight or with any loss of battery power. SEBTS Library is not responsible for any loss of data.

Fines & Fees

  • A $10 per day fine will be charged for the first 3 days the laptop is not returned
  • If laptop is not returned after 3 days, it will be assumed lost and a $500.00 replacement fee will be charged
  • A $500.00 replacement fee will be charged for lost/stolen/damaged laptops
  • User’s Library Account will be blocked in the event of an outstanding balance
  • Fines/Fees must be paid in cash or check to the SEBTS Library


The Library adheres to copyright law in regard to copying, scanning, Reserve items, Inter-Library Loans, and Archive materials.

See 17 U.S.C. 107(1) and (3).