Library Services


Lending Services

Borrowing privileges are extended to registered students, faculty, staff, and eligible Library card holders of Fuller Seminary.  Below is a simplified chart of circulation policies.  For details on circulation policies, privileges and responsibilities see the Library's Access Policies.

Patron Category Loan periods Check out limits Remote Renewals
M.Div. Students
M.A. Students
Fuller Staff
21 days
30 items 2 Renewals online or phone, or email.
Ph.D. Students
D.Miss. Students
Th.M. Students
90 days 100 items 1 Renewal online or phone, or email.
D.Min. Students 90 days 50 items 1 Renewal online or phone, or email.
SCATLA, SCELC, Auditors, Local Clergy 21 days 5 items No Remote Renewals **
Faculty 365 days No Limit 2 Renewals online or phone, or email.
Adjunct Faculty 90 days 30 items 1 Renewal online or phone, or email.
Fuller Degreed Alumni 21 days 10 items No Remote Renewals **
Fuller Non-Degreed Alumni 21 days 5 items No Remote Renewals **
Visiting Scholar* 90 days 30 items 1 Renewal online or phone, or email.
Local-Resident Scholar* 21 days 10 items No Remote Renewals **
For all borrowers Media: 3 days

Reserve Books:2 hrs
Reserve books:  $ .25 per hour
Recalled books: $ 5.00 per day
All other books: $ .20 per day
Replacement charges: $60.00 per book, minimum
*Visiting Scholars are from outside the Los Angles area, and Local-Resident Scholars are from the Los Angeles area. 

Both categories require a letter of referral from a Fuller faculty member or Fuller office.
** Items must be returned to the Library for re-check out

Renewal Services

Fuller Seminary Masters students, faculty, and staff may renew books on or before the due date, if no one else has requested these items, and if there are no blocks (fines, fees, or holds preventing renewals) on the record. Items may be renewed three times.  Items may be renewed twice by phone, in person, or through the online catalog.  The third renewal must be done in person, with all items to be renewed in-hand.

Fuller Seminary Th.M., Ph.D., D.Miss., D.Min. students, and Visiting scholars may renew items once on or before the due date, if no one else has requested these items.  Items must be brought back to the Library for renewal.

SCATLA patrons, Alumni, Local-Resident Scholars, and Local Clergy do not have online renewal privileges. Items must be brought to the Library for renewals.

Checked-out and Missing Items Services

The online catalog list whether an item is checked out, and if so when it is due.  If you need further assistance, the library staff will assist you in determining if an item is available or checked out, and what the due date is.

If you cannot find a book in the Main collection, it is possibly in use, mis-shelved, in-process, lost, or in the Hubbard Closed Stacks.  Please request help at the Information Access Services Desk.

Hold and Recall Services

If the item you need is checked out to another borrower, you may request the item by placing a hold.  This reserves the item for you when it is returned.  You may place a hold from your library account or by requesting assistance from Information Access Services staff.  When your item arrives you will be notified by email.  If your item is not picked up within 7 days the hold will expire and the item will be returned to the shelf.

Sometimes items may need to be recalled for use by the library or other patrons.  The library will place an administrative recall on a book if it is needed for reserves.  Patrons will be notified by email of the new due date for the item.  If the item is not returned by the new due date the patron is fined $5.00 per day.

Patrons may request a recall for items that have been out for longer than 3 weeks and are not due back for an extended period of time.  If patrons would like to request a recall on an item they should speak with Information Access Services staff.

Notification Services

The Library assumes that you are responsible for which books you have borrowed and that you will return them.  However, notices will be sent to you for items that are long overdue, or for items that are urgently needed by another borrower.  We will also make every effort to notify you when the book you requested is ready for pickup.

You may also keep track of your personal circulation records at anytime, through the online catalog. You may monitor the books you have checked out, their due dates, the status of your requests, and you may initiate online renewals.

Course Reserve Services

The library staff maintain a collection of required readings, located at the Information Access Services Desk, for some of the courses offered by the Seminary.  You may use the online catalog in the library to determine what is on reserve, searching by the name of the professor or course.  Then bring the call number to the Information Access Services desk to check out the reserve item.  Reserve items may be checked out for two hours.  Please follow this link for more information about course reserve and faculty requesting materials to be place on course reserve.

Group Study Room Reservation (Pasadena Campus)

The library has four group study rooms located on the 3rd floor. These rooms are intended for use by Fuller students and faculty working on class-related projects and are available for use any time during the library's hours of operation. To reserve a room, visit:


Scanners are available in three locations: Next to the first floor front desk;  on the second floor, next to the Library catalog computers, and on the third floor, opposite the elevator.  All scans must comply with U.S. copyright law.  

Scanning, emailing your scans, and saving your scans to flash drives, are free of charge.  For a fee, you may send your scans to a release station (printer).  In order to print, you will need a Library computer account (this is not your Portico account).

In order to create a Library computer account, you must be a Fuller student, faculty, or staff member, or an authorized Library user, such as a SCATLA member or visiting scholar.  You may create an account at the Library front desk.  When you log in to the Library computers, you will notice a printing account pop-up screen on the upper-right hand side of the homepage.  You may manage your printing account from this screen.

Fees for printing are 10 cents per page.  Printing cards may be purchased from the Library front desk.  Each printing card contains a code.  Enter the code into the printing account on your Library computer profile. 

Release stations (printers) are located on the first floor in the DePree Reading room, on the second floor, and in the third floor computer lab.  For more information on using the scanners, printers, and printing accounts, go to the Computer Lab Printing page.

Study Carrels

Patrons may not leave materials in study carrels overnight or for any extended period of time.  Any library materials left on tables or in study carrels will be removed, checked in, and re-shelved.

Use of the Library Facility

Access to the Seminary Library is extended to Fuller and external users, for the purposes of quiet study and appropriate research activity. It is available only during hours of service, and must be vacated at closing.

Cell phone use is discouraged in quiet study areas, but may be used in the Library "cafe" area, and other public areas of the Library. 

Water, coffee, and other beverages are permitted in sealable containers.  The library reserves the right to determine what constitutes acceptable containers. 

For safety reasons, personal appliances are not permitted (space heaters, etc.)

Food is not permitted in the Library with the exception of the Library "cafe" area in the first floor lobby, and the third floor outside balcony.

Pets or animals are not permitted in the Library, with the exception of service animals.  Service animals are defined by the Americans with Disabilites Act as: "any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability."

Unattended children are not permitted in the Library.


The Library strives to provide a safe environment for its patrons, as well as for its valuable resources.  The campus is protected by armed security, and escorts are available to walk you to and from the library at night.  Fuller students, faculty, and staff may request this service after 5 p.m. at the Information Access Services Desk.  Please report any suspicious persons or activities to library staff, so that we can call for assistance. 

Please do not leave your personal belongings and notebook computers unattended in the library.  Fuller Theological Seminary assumes no responsibility for any personal property lost or stolen.

Other libraries

Fuller faculty and students have access to the library of the Claremont School of Theology, and, by a referral process, to the member libraries of the Southern California Theological Library Association (SCATLA). Please inquire at the Information Access Services Desk for further information.

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David Allan Hubbard Library
135 N Oakland Ave
Pasadena, CA 91182
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