The resources of Barbour Library are primarily intended to support the research and information needs of the Pittsburgh Seminary community in an environment that provides equitable access to all patrons and that is characterized by courtesy and respect.
A limited area of the library is open around the clock! Here's what you need to know:
We are excited to provide this new service, and hope that it will be helpful! Please let a library staff member know if you have any questions.
Children are welcome in the library with appropriate and adequate supervision. Our Fred Rogers Room, designed for patrons with younger children, houses our growing children’s collection, puppets/toys, and coloring supplies.
Library computers do not have any filtering software and are only for the use of adults 18 years and older.
In order to foster an inclusive, accessible, and respectful environment conducive to research and learning, patrons should:
Prohibited behaviors include:
Library staff reserves the right to reject or revoke library privileges and/or request removal from library or campus grounds for flagrant breaking of campus rules, library policies, or other legitimate reason.
Barbour Library offers the use of desktop computers in the first floor computer lab, or at the stations on the ground and second floors. The computer lab includes two public access computers (no PTS login required) with internet connection in the computer lab.
Library computers are not equipped with filtering software and are to be used by adults aged 18 years and older only.
Visitors bringing their own laptops or Internet-enabled devices may also freely use the seminary’s wireless internet access.
Use of library computers or wireless internet access on personal devices is subject to our Code of Conduct. Library computers should not be used for profit-making or commercial purposes. Employees and students are also subject to the seminary’s acceptable use policy for the PTS community. Inappropriate or harmful use may result in library staff rescinding access to library computers and internet access at any time.
Barbour Library follows all policies for copyrighted materials in all formats as well as guidelines fair use. Patrons must also abide by these polices and guidelines when copying, scanning, printing and downloading print and electronic resources. For more information, visit our Copyright and Fair Use guide.
Donations of many types of items have often benefited the Barbour Library collection and the PTS community. The Library is grateful to accept donated items for the collection when such items are included in the scope of the collection development policy, and are in good condition. The Library may also accept items to be given to students for free.
Donations must be arranged through the Library Director (412-924-1408, firstname.lastname@example.org). The following guidelines will be used to determine whether or not the donated books or other media will be added to the collection:
The Library will not accept the following:
While the Library does not provide appraisals of gifted items, donors may receive upon request a Deed of Gift form that provides proof of the donation, and includes a brief description of the items.
Our Event Guidelines are intended primarily for events that use spaces and/or furniture outside the reservable rooms in 25Live, as well as events that use several library spaces at once.
In general, when considering holding an event in the library, please note the following:
After placing a reservation request for your event in 25Live, the user services librarian will contact you (or your designated contact person) for a walk-through and to discuss furniture, food, and setup options and answer any questions you may have. This is required for the first time you have a particular event in the library. If you have the same or similar event in the future, a walk-through is not necessary as long as the setup and event size is the same.
For full guidelines and procedures for holding events in the library, please see our Event Guidelines.
Food and covered drinks are permitted throughout the building with the exception of the Reference Room (covered drinks permitted only). Patrons should refrain from bringing food that is messy or has a strong odor.
The café is located on the first floor of the library. Bottled beverages, snack items, and entrees such as wraps, salads, sandwiches, and ready-to-heat meals prepared by Metz Food services are available for purchase. There is also a Starbuck machine offering coffee and other hot drinks.
Leftover Food and Drink
At times, there may be leftover food and drink from meetings and events at the library or elsewhere on campus. While the library generally welcomes the sharing these with the library/campus community, please speak to library staff for permission before leaving any leftover food and drink in the Peters Café.
Read the Library's complete Health and Safety Guidelines.
There are 40 lockers available for the use of all Barbour Library patrons. They are located on the first floor in the hallway between the circulation desk and the computer lab. Each locker has an electric outlet and 2 USB ports. They are approximately 17” tall by 10” wide and 10” deep.
Lockers are keyless and self-service. At this time, the locking mechanisms on each unit are non-functioning. Patrons are welcome to make use of them at their own risk for loss or damage.
Library staff reserve the right to check lockers for food and non-checked out library materials and will do so at least twice a year.
In order to facilitate a library environment that is conducive to research and study, pets or other animals of any kind are not permitted in the library, except by permission of the Library Director, which must be obtained in advance. Service and assistance animals are the only exception to this policy.
The library has two bulletin boards for public display, one in the Peters Café on the first floor, and one in the second floor Active Learning Space. Flyers, brochures, and other materials may also be displayed in the library lobby and at the circulation desk.
All materials must be approved by the user services librarian before they are posted or displayed.
Priority will be given to Seminary-related events, activities, and programs. Outdated and unauthorized materials will be removed.
Review complete information about Barbour Library room reservations.
There are nine individual closed study carrels on the ground and second floors of the library. These carrels may be reserved for short-term periods (hourly/daily) through 25Live. See Room Reservations for more information.
General Guidelines for Use
Long-term study carrel reservations for ongoing study and research (up to one academic term at a time) are subject to availability and are fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional guidelines for use apply for long-term reservations. Patrons must provide a signature agreeing to follow these additional guidelines with the library before carrel keys can be issued. Contact the User Services Librarian if interested in a long-term carrel reservation.
Carrel responsibilities and liability reside with the reserved carrel holder, including issues that may arise from informal carrel sharing. Violation of any of these guidelines may result in termination of carrel privileges.
This policy applies to visiting faculty and independent scholars who wish to spend sabbatical or extended study leave at PTS to work on research and writing projects.
At least nine months prior to the desired period in residence, those seeking visiting scholar status should submit the following two items to the dean of faculty:
Visiting scholar materials are considered by the Academic Affairs Committee of the faculty on a case by case basis. If the AAC approves the candidate as a visiting scholar, a representative of the Seminary sends a letter of welcome, noting the following stipulations:
Once approved, visiting scholars are granted the following privileges:
Visiting scholars may also:
1An international visiting scholar doing independent research will require a B1 Visa (or Visa Waiver). Basic health insurance coverage is required by the U.S. government for all international visitors.