All members of the Tyndale University community with valid library cards may sign out materials from the J. William Horsey Library. Members of the public may use materials within the library or purchase a membership card for limited borrowing privileges.
Students will be issued a Tyndale photo identification card at Tyndale reception. Students can then use these cards for their library borrowing privileges. No separate activation is necessary.
Auditing students do not automatically have library borrowing privileges unless they pay a library fee at time of registration.
Students who were enrolled in the immediately previous term but are not currently taking courses may pay $15 for a library membership to extend their borrowing privileges for four months.
Tyndale Employees may come to the library circulation desk to set up their account.
External members must purchase a library membership card from the Tyndale library staff in order to activate borrowing privileges. A membership card is issued for either four months at $40 or one year at $100; or a reduced fee of $50.00 for alumni/ae. The replacement charge for lost/damaged/stolen cards is $3.00. Note: a valid photo I.D. that includes a current address is required when purchasing or renewing a membership card. Members may borrow up to 15 physical library items with a maximum of five items per subject area as determined by library staff. Membership does not include remote access to online databases or eBooks due to licensing restrictions.
The standard loan period for library materials is three weeks (21 days) with two renewals, assuming no holds or recalls apply.
Faculty may borrow materials for up to four months (120 days) with no renewals, assuming no holds or recalls apply.
Loan periods for Reserve Collection materials vary:
- Two hour loan
- One day loan (due next day by closing time)
- Two day loan (due the second day by closing time)
- One week (due one week later by by closing time)
- Unbound periodicals (due the next day by closing time)
Note: with few exceptions, the Reference Collection and bound periodicals are not available for loan.
Loan periods for special formats or collections vary according to patron status. For students, staff, and external members, most materials may be borrowed for three weeks, For faculty and cabinet members, the borrowing period for most items is 100 days with one renewal. The Library may request that books be returned early if items are needed for reserve of requested by another person.
Students may have a total of twenty five items on loan in their borrower’s account at any one time; faculty members may borrow a maximum of thirty-five items on loan at any one time; external members may have a total of fifteen items on loan at any one time; adjunct faculty and part-time Instructors may have up to twenty-five items in total. Library materials will be due prior to the end of the employment contract with Tyndale. All categories of borrowers are limited to having five biblical commentaries per book of the Bible in their account at one time.
The library policy allows a maximum of two renewals per item if it is not requested by another person. After the two renewals, the item must be returned to the library.
When renewing online outside of the library, it is the responsibility of the patrons to ensure that their renewals are done properly. If you have printer access, it is highly advisable that you do a print screen of your record of renewal(s) for use as proof if discrepancies with our library records occur at a later date. Overdue fines will incur if renewals are not done properly.
All borrowed materials are subject to recall. Students and external members will have one week to return recalled library material prior to incurring fines. Faculty members will have possession of library materials for two weeks prior to recall. These latter members will be given one additional week to return recalled library materials prior to incurring fines.
All patrons are subject to fines for overdue library materials. For overdue reserve items, a $1.00 fine per hour will be charged to the patron record. For most other items, a $.50 fine per item per day will be charged to the patron record. Borrowing privileges will be blocked when overdue fines reach $14.99. With the exception of reserve items, the maximum fine per item will be $15.00. For students and external members, fines must be paid each term to retain borrowing privileges. For students, any outstanding bills will be forwarded to the Business Office at regular intervals; a $5.00 administrative fee will be added.
All library patrons are responsible to ensure that the library has their correct email address. The library system is set to send out automated emails reminding patrons that items will soon be due. The email address that these messages are sent from is no-reply [at] oclc [dot] org. The subject line of the email is “Courtesy Notice”. Please configure your email client to accept these notices. While the library does its best to see that the notices are sent, sometimes patrons may not receive them due to junk mail or spam filters and other possible technical glitches. It is best to keep track of your borrowed items with the due date slips provided when the items are signed out. Non-receipt of library courtesy notices does not excuse a patron from overdue fines.
A charge for lost, unreturned or damaged materials will be levied by the Library staff and billed to the borrowing patron. When replacement is necessary because of loss or damage, the replacement cost (which often averages $60.00 per item) plus a $10.00 processing fee will be charged. Lost items should be reported immediately to the circulation staff to stop fines from accruing.
All valid Tyndale library users may place holds on materials that are charged out to other patrons with the exception of reserve materials. This can be done electronically through WorldCat, either in the Library or by remote access. Reserve materials are loaned on a first-come-first served basis, and no request for reserve materials placed through WorldCat will be processed by the Library. You must sign into your borrower's account before initiating an interlibrary loan. Alternately you can also input request information on the online Interlibrary Loan Request Form.
Interlibrary Loan is a service provided to patrons who need access to library materials beyond the J. William Horsey Library collection. Extra charges apply to external members for materials requested through ILL.
Tyndale visitors can ask our library staff to facilitate printing or scanning
Who is eligible?
Any Tyndale student living in Canada who is currently registered for classes
Who is not eligible?
Alumni and members
Access to a Librarian
- Research assistance is available from the Public Services Librarian
- Phone: (416) 226 - 6620 extension. 2126
- Email: reference [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: Message%20via%20Library%20Policies%20Webpage)
Delivery of books and other circulating materials from both the J. William Horsey Library collection and the Education Library collection.
Library books will be mailed to the patron via Canada Post. Postage for books will cost $5.00 per book and includes return postage.
A maximum of 5 books can be requested per week and a total of 25 items may be signed out at any given time. Loan period will be for 3 weeks. Materials may be renewed four times as long as they have not been requested by another borrower. Materials on the reserve shelf are not available under this arrangement.
Journal or magazine articles from the Library’s print collection may be requested. Articles found online through the various online databases to which the Library subscribes to will not be supplied. Request a book or article using:
- Library materials may be borrowed for three weeks
- Loan period for some materials may be shorter
- The due date for all materials shipped is printed on a due date slip
- Materials may be renewed four times if there is no outstanding holds on the item
- Materials will not be sent to any student with outstanding charges on their library account
- Overdue notices are sent to your email account. The status of loans are reflected in each patron’s borrower's account in WorldCat, and should be checked regularly