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This guide contains the James P. Boyce Library's policies for the circulation of item, fines, distance students, Interlibrary Loan, and use of the building.

Distance Student Contact

Emilee Shabel
Interlibrary Loan & Distance Education Coordinator
(502) 897-4553

Requesting Articles or Scans

  • Please fill out the Article Request form after reading the following:
  • Please search our databases for full-text articles and ebooks before requesting a scan.
  • Requests for items currently checked-out will be placed on hold and scanned to you upon return. Please do not place holds on items yourself.
  • Materials not held by SBTS may be requested through our Interlibrary Loan service.
  • Copyright guidelines will be followed so some requests may not be processed. We will provide one chapter or up to 10% of a book.

Requesting Physical Items

  • Place a Hold Request on the item through our discovery system
  • When you receive an email notification that the item is ready to be picked up, forward it to
    • In your email, please include the address where you'd like the item(s) shipped.

Turn-Around Time

Generally, requests are processed and sent within 1-2 business days. Items are sent via library rate which is slower than regular mail, so please allow time for shipping.


  • Materials may only be mailed to current distance students within the United States.
  • Certain items that cannot be sent to students include but are not limited to:
    • Audio-Visual Media
    • CD's
    • DVD's
    • Cassettes
    • VHS
    • Records
    • Microfilm/microfiche
    • Brittle Books
    • Restricted Items
    • Periodicals
    • Reference Items
    • Special Collections Materials

Due Dates

  • Don't manually renew your loans! Loans will automatically renew according to standard circulation privileges.
  • You will be notified of due dates through your seminary-issued email.
  • For items sent via Interlibrary Loan, consult the instructions for returning ILL.


  • Once an item is no longer renewable, it must be returned to the library.
  • If you still need the item, we will recheck it and mail it back to you provided it has no hold requests.  Please include a note with your items indicating:
    • which items to check out to your account
    • your name and student id number
    • your current mailing address


  • Patrons are responsible for the safe return of all books.
  • We recommend that you insure and track your package.
  • Items will be considered returned according to the date they are postmarked.

Please mail books to:

SBTS Library
ATTN: Distance Education
2825 Lexington Rd.
Louisville, KY 40206-2997