The first time you register for classes at SWBTS, you will be issued a seven-digit ID number and an ID card that has that number. Please have your ID card ready for the circulation worker to scan when you need to check out materials.
Your account is protected. We are not allowed to divulge information about your account to another patron. You may obtain information about your account through the Information Gateway on the library's computer terminals, or you may ask a circulation worker for assistance.
What items may you borrow from the library? First, remember that you only have one account. What you check out at Roberts Library and what you check out from Bowld Library is cumulative.
A master's student may check out the following:
A doctoral student may check out the following:
There are certain conditions that may prevent us from letting a patron check out items from Bowld Library, two of which are:
Please return library items on time. Fines can accumulate rapidly, especially if you have many items overdue.
Books and other items from regular shelving can accumulate fines at $.20/day when kept past the due date. Reserve items, including recordings and videotapes, accumulate a $.10/hour fine when overdue. You may pay fines at the Bowld Library Circulation Desk or at the Serials Department of Roberts Library.
If you see that you will need a regularly-shelved item for more than 28 days, you may bring the item to the Circulation Desk and be given a renewal if no one has placed a hold on that item. (Bowld Library may only renew items belonging to Bowld Library. If you have items from Roberts Library that need renewal, they must be taken to Roberts Library.)
If you are unable to come to the Library, you may have items renewed by faxing or mailing us the ID numbers and the call numbers on the items. Please also state the reason that you are unable to come to the Library in person, and give the information on your student ID. Bowld Library cannot renew items with the information given over the telephone. (If you choose to fax, be sure to indicate that the information is for Bowld Library, since the fax actually goes to Roberts Library.)Bowld Music Library
When you return books, be sure to place them in the book drop at the Circulation Desk or hand them to a circulation staff member. Please do not leave books that you have checked out on a book truck, otherwise fines may be incurred.
If you have checked out a score that has several parts in the back pocket of the score, be sure that you turn in all those parts with the score. If one part is lost, the whole score may have to be replaced.
If you lose an item, the computer automatically assigns a $75.00 fine to your account. ($50.00 is the lost book fee and $25.00 is the cataloging fee.) The actual charge may be higher if the lost item is worth more than $50.00. If an item stays overdue on your account for 90 days or longer, the computer will assume that the item is lost and charge you the $75.00 fine. If you then return the item, the $75.00 fine will be taken off your account and replaced with an overdue fine.
There are many times in which you will need or want to use a book without checking it out, especially in the case of periodicals and reference books. When you pull books off the shelf without checking them out, please do not shelve them yourself. Leave them on one of the book trucks provided. If you misshelve a book, an indefinite amount of time may pass before that book is found. This can create frustration for the next patron that may need the misshelved book.
The option of placing holds on books or other items may be beneficial for you when you need something that is currently checked out. To have a hold placed on a book or other item, just come to the Circulation Desk with the call number of the item and your ID card. When the item is turned in, you will be notified and given one week to check out the item before it is made available to other patrons
In the case that have you a complaint concerning Bowld Library, please tell someone at the Circulation Desk. If the complaint is of a serious nature, you may tell Jason Runnels, Assistant Music Librarian, or Dr. Fang-Lan Hsieh, Music Librarian.
If you have a reference question, or if you are having difficulty getting started with research, feel free to consult one of the circulation staff members. If the circulation staff is unable to help, Dr. Hsieh can assist you.
When an item is listed in the computer as available, but is not on the shelf, please tell a circulation staff member. It may be that the item is not yet shelved.
All items from behind the Circulation Desk, unless otherwise noted, have a four-hour loan period. If an item from behind the Circulation Desk is checked out within four hours of closing, the item is due ten minutes before the Library closing.
Professors place high-demand books on Class Reserve for one semester at a time. When you need to check out an item on reserve, present the call number and your ID card to a circulation worker.
In most cases, the loan period for reserve items, either permanent reserve or class reserve, is four hours. If you check out a reserve item within four hours of closing, however, that item is due ten minutes before closing. If you check out a class reserve book within an hour of closing, it is due the next business day at 8:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m., if the next business day is a Saturday. It is important that you return reserve items on time. Remember, fines accumulate at $.10 an hour.
Perhaps at times you may need to peruse through multiple octavos. The Anthem Browsing File may prove to be convenient for those times. It contains one of most multiple octavos Bowld Library has cataloged and is organized to meet your needs quickly and efficiently.
Bowld Library closes the cash register 20 minutes before the actual closing time. The photocopier and computer terminals are turned off 10 minutes before closing time, so please check out the books you need before then. We will lock the entrance doors and turn off the lights 5 minutes before closing time.
For information on dates and times the Music Library is open, click here.
Bowld Library has one photocopier located on the First Floor. It is there to serve students and employees.
The Vertical File contains an alphabetically arranged collection of more than one thousand files with information about institutions, faculty, hymnology, composers, performers, periodicals, newsletters, and a number of subjects related to secular and church music. The files are for use in the library only. Please ask for assistance from the Circulation Desk, as the files are located in the cataloging department. With the approval of the Assistant Music Librarian or Dr. Hsieh, files may be borrowed for use in a class presentation.
The School of Church Music Computer Lab, open since January of 1997, is located on the top floor of Bowld Music Library. There are two computers, mini Macs, all of which contain current verions Finale and Garage Band. The lab also has a laser printer.
The Computer Lab is under the administration of the School of Church Music, even though it is located in the Bowld Library. Lab assistance is available during posted times though the lab is open whenever the library is open.
Patrons can access the online catalog from off campus through the URL: ilink.swbts.edu. From there you can retrieve information about library holdings, as well as information about your personal account. You must know your student ID number and your PIN number to access this site.
Bowld Library is responsible for accepting orders for duplications of videotapes and cassette tapes of recitals or concerts by SWBTS ensembles, students, guests, or faculty. All recitals and concerts of the School of Church Music are automatically audio taped, and in addition to audiotaping, all SWBTS ensemble concerts are automatically videotaped. However, if a student would like his or her recital videotaped, the student must take care of this through the Performance Office in the School of Church Music and then pay the Assistant Music Librarian at Bowld Library when placing the order. The Assistant Music Librarian at Bowld Library will contact the student when his or her cassette tapes or videotapes arrive at Bowld Library.
Please not that some recitals and concerts cannot be duplicated. We are not allowed to duplicate any recordings on which union instrumentalists play (e.g., Oratorio Chorus, when accompanied by the Forth Worth Chamber Orchestra.)
The Music Librarian of Bowld Music Library is Dr. Fang-Lan Hsieh. Dr. Hsieh strives to make Bowld Music Library an exceptional place of study and research for the music student and the music scholar. She holds a PhD in musicology from Louisiana State University, a MM in music theory from the University of South Carolina, and a MLS (Master of Library Science) also from the University of South Carolina.
Seminary Phone # (817)923-1921
Circulation Desk ext. 2077
Dr. Fang-Lan Hsieh, Music Librarian
campus extension 2070
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Jason Runnels, Assistant Music Librarian
campus extension 2071
email address JRunnels@swbts.edu
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