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Information for local guest users of AMBS Library

Application

To apply for a community borrower card, please fill out and print this form. You will need to bring the form in person to the AMBS Library, along with your photo ID.

You may check out two items from AMBS Library on your first visit. A library card will be created for you after your visit.

AMBS Library Resources for Guest Users

The library collection includes Bible study resources and books on all aspects of ministry as well as videos and sound recordings.

The library has quiet, comfortable and attractive places for study and reflection. Small groups may reserve a study room at the service desk.

Guests may access online resources during their visit to the AMBS library. Guests may inquire at the service desk about wireless Internet access and use of a library reference computer.

Cost

There is no fee for the community borrower card.

Community borrowers are encouraged to support library services through regular donations to AMBS.

Donations can be made online at www.ambs.edu/giving

Policy

Church leaders and other interested individuals from the local area are invited to use the facility and borrow library materials.

An individual who resides in Elkhart County, Indiana and adjacent counties may apply for a community borrower card.

Community borrowers may not:

  • request materials from other libraries
  • borrow equipment
  • remotely access electronic resources

When a loaned item is seriously overdue or lost, the borrower must pay the item's replacement cost plus a $20 processing fee.

Circulation Periods

  • Four weeks: general stack books, subject to recall after two weeks
  • Two weeks: audiovisual materials, other special materials
  • Twenty-four hours: reference books, periodicals

A print-out of due dates may be requested at the check-out counter.

Reciprocal borrowing

Private Academic Library Network of Indiana: Students and faculty affiliated with PALNI libraries should present their campus ID / library card from their home institution for automatic borrowing privileges. PALNI patrons do not need to complete an application.

Academic Libraries of Indiana: Students and faculty affiliated with member institutions of Academic Libraries of Indiana should present a photo ID and an ALI reciprocal borrowing card completed by the home library. ALI patrons will need to complete the AMBS library card application form.

American Theological Library Association: Students and faculty affiliated with institutions in ATLA's reciprocal borrowing program should present a photo ID and evidence of affiliation. ATLA patrons will need to complete the AMBS library card application form.

Subject Guide

Karl Stutzman
Contact:
574-296-6280

Elkhart County, Indiana and adjacent counties

The service area for AMBS Library community borrowers includes residents of Elkhart County, Indiana and adjacent counties.

In Indiana:

  • Elkhart County
  • St. Joseph County
  • Lagrange County
  • Noble County
  • Kosciusko County
  • Marshall County

In Michigan:

  • St. Joseph County
  • Cass County