Welch Library

equipping leaders for Christ and His world


Please ask any of the library staff for help in finding resources or information. If the librarian is not available, you may leave e-mail requests (creid@welch.edu, chill@welch.edu, or library@welch.edu), phone requests, or notes requesting further help.  Your request will be answered within 24 hours on week days.  There is also an “ask a librarian” link from the library web page.

As a service to the faculty, the library proctors make-up tests and quizzes.  Tests will remain in the library as long as designated by the faculty.

The library owns a CD player, a videocassette player, and earphones to be used with library audiovisual holdings or assigned reserve materials.   Please ask for them at the circulation desk.

Sometimes you will find an e-book in our catalog.  We have access to over 48,000 titles that show up in our EBSCO e-book database.  If you need to check out one of these e-books, simply go to EBSCO eBooks from our Internet connection.  You can set up your personal account there to enable you to access this electronic book collection from other computers as well.

The library provides eight computers with  Internet through the campus network.  The computer at the front desk area is reserved for searching the automated catalog and for circulation tasks.  Students working on assignments have precedence over those checking e-mail or doing social networking on the computers. You may print from the computers or make copies in the library.  After using the 500 black-and-white pages included in your campus computer fee, you will pay only ten cents per page (printed or copied), which will be charged to your student account. Color copies are also ten cents per page.  The library’s printer will also scan documents so that they may be emailed.  Wireless internet access is also available throughout the library.

No provisions are made for informal group study in the library.  However, groups assigned by a faculty member may request permission for a seminar room from the library supervisor when space is available.

Interlibrary loan is available upon request.  With at least two weeks advance notice, let the librarian know full information about the book or article you need.  The library will make every effort to borrow it from another library for your use.

Several other area libraries provide reading privileges for Welch College students. Both the Gallatin and Hendersonville public libraries allow Welch students to set up library accounts. Take your driver’s license and proof of Sumner County residency to apply for a card. Volunteer State Community College allows students to register as community patrons to use their library.

American Baptist College
Aquinas College
Belmont University
Lipscomb University
Meharry Medical
Middle Tennessee State University
Nashville Public Library (and branches)
Tennessee State University
Trevecca Nazarene University

Vanderbilt Libraries have provided an access card for our students to use their nine campus libraries. You should get this card from the Welch College Librarian in order to have reading privileges on their campus.  You may also need a map and some instruction to save yourself some time and trouble.

Library instruction will be provided in Freshman Orientation class and often in connection with assignments in other classes. If you feel that you need additional help in using library resources, please don’t hesitate to ask.  You might also enjoy working through some interactive sites like:

Empower (www.library.wichita.edu/empower/)

Pilot (http://pilot.scc.losrios.edu/pilot/ ).

These tutorials let you work on your own to review library skills.

Information Literacy is a goal for every student at Welch College.  In fact, the Information Literacy Program, approved by the faculty and administration of the college, states that its mission is “to education students to have the ability and discernment to effectively and ethically locate, evaluate, and use information from a variety of sources and formats in their work as leaders to serve Christ, His church, and His world.”  The administration, faculty, and staff of Welch College work together in a collaborative, scaffolded approach to reinforce fundamental concepts regarding selection and organization of information, evaluation of information, ethical citation of information, and presentation of information.  Upper level classes will continue to build upon the foundation of the freshmen and sophomore years with assignments of research papers and research projects.  It is vital that you develop skills in this area to be a successful student today and a successful citizen and leader in the future.

Loan Procedures, Overdues, Fines

Students may check out books at the circulation desk on first floor.  Bring your student I.D. card so that it can be scanned.  The person taking the material is responsible for it, so be very careful about sharing with others.  Return books at the circulation desk or, when the library is closed, at the book drop (located at the Craighead Avenue driveway).

All circulating materials from the general collection are due in two weeks.  Materials may be renewed by bringing them to the library or by phoning (extension 5324) or e-mailing (library@welch.edu). Do not send word by library staff members about renewals.  Students may place a hold on materials that someone else is using; this will block further renewals and the student will be notified in campus mail when the requested book is returned to the library.  All materials must be returned before a student is allowed to take final examinations.  Please report any lost or damaged items immediately.

You will be notified through the campus mail and through e-mail when you have an overdue book.  A two-day “grace period” lets you return materials without fines.  Please attend to notices immediately, even if you have questions about the notice.

Overdue fines are charged to encourage prompt return of materials.  Ten cents a day is charged for overdue books and materials from the general circulating collection.  Reserve books and tapes have a higher overdue charge:  25¢ per hour (or $2.00 per day) for hourly reserves or $1.00 per day for daily reserves.   Fines accumulate throughout your enrollment at Welch, and students with over $25 in fines must pay them before they are approved to take semester exams.

Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance from any member of the library staff. Special assistance is available to students with physical handicaps.

No person in whatever relation with Welch Library/ Welch College shall be subject to discrimination because of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability.