Checking Out Resources

Library accounts are automatically set up for all students at the beginning of each semester. Account-holders can check out library resources under their name at the circulation desk. Resources may not be taken out of the library without first being checked out.

Only resources in the circulating collection can be checked out:

  • Resources can be check out for seven days and renewed once for another seven days unless they have been reserved by someone else.
  • For current students, a total of five items can be checked out at one time.
  • For current students, a total of two media items (teaching tapes, CDs, DVDs, and MP3s; music CDs, DVDs, and MP3s; videos; and documentaries) can be checked out at a time.

Renewing Resources

  • Items can be renewed online in the library catalog on or before the due date. View the “Renewing a resource” video tutorial for instructions.
  • To renew an item by phone, even when overdue, call (816) 763-0200 x.7145.
  • To renew an item in person, even when overdue, visit the circulation desk during library hours.

Video tutorial: Renewing a resource

Reserving Resources

You can reserve a checked-out item to guarantee that you can check it out when it is available again. You can also reserve an item for pick-up within 48 hours.

  • To reserve an item online, view the “Reserving a resource” video tutorial below.
  • To reserve an item by phone or request assistance, call (816) 763-0200 x.7145.
  • To reserve an item in person, visit the circulation desk during library hours.

Video tutorial: Reserving a resource


We want to make sure resources are always in their proper place, so when you are finished with a library resource you have been using within the library, do not re-shelve it. Place it on the re-shelving cart by the circulation desk.

Returning Checked-out Resources

  • Checked-out books must be returned by the date they are due. It is the responsibility of the borrower to be aware of the due date.
  • Bring them to the circulation desk or place them in “Book Return,” located to the left of the library window. Do not place them on the re-shelving cart.

Overdue Resources

  • A fee of $0.25 per item, per day, is applied to your account for any overdue item. The fee is capped at $10.50 per item.
  • Library patrons with an accumulated fee of $1.00 or more may not check out any more resources until the fee is paid.
  • The account of any student who owes more than $30.00 is placed on hold, meaning that their access to NetClassroom is blocked. They also may not graduate until the fee is paid.
  • Any resource overdue for six consecutive weeks is classified as lost. The replacement value of the resource and a processing fee of $5.00 per item is added to the outstanding fees on the student’s account.
  • Students with a history of overdue resources may lose borrowing privileges.

New Resources

The library system is updated every time a new resource is added to the library. You can view a “New Items” list in the top navigation bar of the library catalog site, which you can access through the button to the right, in the side bar.

New items are selected according to the following criteria:

  • The content must be appropriate for the IHOPU student body, although it does not necessarily have to be in agreement with IHOPU theological beliefs.
  • Priority is given to resources that support the curriculum of IHOPU.

Recommending Resources

IHOPU faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to make recommendations of resources to add to the library, whether for the reference section or the circulating collection.

  • Email with your recommendation. Include the resource title, author, and International Standard Book Number (ISBN). To locate the ISBN, see the back of the resource, in the bar code area.
  • If the resource you recommend meets the library’s criteria, it will be placed on a request list.
  • Please note that not all requested resources are obtained.

Removal of Resources

The library personnel work hard to ensure that all resources meet the criteria, as stated above, but they do not have enough time to read, listen to, or watch every resource from beginning to end. IHOPU faculty, staff, and students are requested to make a recommendation of removal for any resource of concern. After review, if the resource in question is found inappropriate, it will be removed.