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Welcome to Hamma Library!: Borrowing Library Materials

Your Library Card

Your library card is your Capital ID card, with a seven digit Student ID number. If you have not been issued a Capital ID number, please see the librarian.

Checking Out and Returning Books

Checking out a book at Hamma Library is simple. Just take the book you want to the Circulation Desk and present your ID to the staff member on duty. Sometimes the staff need to be away from the desk, please ring the bell for assistance.

Returning a book is simple as well. Just put the book in the depository located outside the south entrance to the seminary, the book drop on the Circulation Desk, or hand it to the circulation staff member at the desk. 

We prefer that you borrow and return items while you are on campus (rather than shipping them via surface mail).  For exceptions, please contact the Circulation Supervisor or Library Director.

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Finding materials in Hamma Library

If you need help finding items, please ask at the Circulation Desk. 

  • Finding library materials while on the TLS campus: 

“Circulating items” are those that can be borrowed and are housed upstairs on the second and third floors. Reference materials and current periodicals do not circulate and are shelved on first floor, beyond the Circulation Desk. Inactive subscription and discontinued periodicals are shelved on the third floor. Periodicals are shelved alphabetically by title. Books are shelved according to their Library of Congress call number.

  • About the "call number": 

The call number is the identification number put on each book to help keep them in order on the shelves. The first sections of the call number represent the subject of the book. The letter-and-decimal section of the call number often represents the author's last name. Remember that the decimal changes the arrangement. For example, BX8065 .K75 would be after BX8065 .K6 but before BX8065 .K78. The last section of a call number is often the date of publication.

We prefer that you borrow and return items while you are on campus (rather than shipping them via surface mail). For exceptions, please contact the Circulation Supervisor or Public Services Librarian.


  • Fifty cents per day, per item.
  • OhioLINK item lost charge is $125.00 or more.
  • OhioLINK items can be renewed a maximum of six times. Click for more info about OhioLINK fines.
  • Hamma Library items for Hamma Library patrons do not incur fines, except for lost items.

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