These details can also be found posted outside the library.
The library is open from 8:00a.m. to 7:45p.m. Monday through Saturday. The library is closed during chapel times, on Sundays, and on days on which the ETC office is closed, unless announced otherwise. Please note that the library may also be closed at certain periods in the Rainy Season or Christmas break for inventory purposes.
- When classes are in session, only students who present a valid student identification card may check out books.
- Full-time ETC students may check out a maximum of 5 books in their name. Part-time students may check out a maximum of 3 books in their name. Auditing students may only use the library for reference purposes. Books may not be checked out. ETC Alumni and/or active EGST students may use the ETC library including checking out books, provided they have paid the current membership fee.
- Books are signed out for two weeks. A book may be renewed for an additional two weeks. Students may reserve an already checked out book in order to borrow it upon return.
- A book is considered late if it is not returned on the date due.
- 1.00 birr must be paid for each day a book is late. Sundays and public holidays are not counted.
- Reserve books should be used in the library and may be used for a maximum of 2 hours. Students may check out reserve books overnight but they must be returned by 8:45a.m. the following morning.
- Students will be fined 10.00 birr for each day a reserve book is late.
- Bibles with yellow stickers on their spines may only be checked out for a day or overnight. Students will be fined 1.00 birr for each overdue day. Students who wish to check out a bible for an extended period of time, may check out a bible that is part of the general circulation.
- Students with overdue books will not receive a final mark for a course nor be allowed to register for another course until all books are returned.
- No outstanding accounts should be reflected on a student library account. Failure to do this will result in being denied the privilege of borrowing books.
- Students in their graduating semester should complete library clearance at least one week before graduation. They won’t be issued with their diplomas/degrees otherwise.
- Any lost book must be paid for by the student in whose name it was checked out. The replacement price will be double the price of the book plus shipping charges. The price of a book is calculated according to the current new book price at amazon.com or a fair estimate of a book if it is out of print. A 130 birr shipping charge will be added to this. Foreign currency conversion is subject to the current SIM exchange rate. The replacement price for a single ‘Graded English Book’ is 200 ETB and for a locally published book (Ethiopiana collection) which is out of print is 300 ETB. Students are obliged to pay these fixed price as long as they are unable to replace the book itself.
- A lost book should be reported immediately to a librarian, in order to pause the projected overdue book fine. Failure to do so, will mean that the student is also liable to pay the overdue fine. A maximum of two months grace period is given for a student either to replace the book itself or pay the required replacement price. Borrowing privilege is denied otherwise.
- Students may not lend a library book to any other person.
- Journals, Archive and Reference materials may not be checked out of the library. Photocopying such material may only be done so on ETC premises.
- During Rainy Season, Christmas, and Easter breaks, students may check out two books upon presentation of proof that they have fully paid for at least one course for the following semester. The receipt given for payment will normally constitute the necessary proof of payment.
- The latest due date in any semester is the last day that classes meet prior to final exams.
- Students may borrow a book for an extended period of time during breaks between semesters on the following conditions:
- A 150 birr returnable deposit must be paid in advance.
- Only books for which there are multiple copies are available for extended borrowing.
- For extended borrowing during the Rainy Season, a book may be checked out during final week of the semester and is due the last day of Rainy Season classes.
- For extended borrowing during the Christmas break, a book may be checked out during the final week of the August-December semester and is due the first day of class of the January semester. Magazines are for use in the library only. Exceptions may be made by applying to the library staff.
- Students should have their ID available for inspection if they want to check out or check in books. A student who’s ID does not have a new barcode, should ask the main librarian for this to be added to their ID card.
- Students should use the library computers with special care. Search engine computers are only meant for accessing the computer catalog.
- Library laptops should only be used in the library and may be used for a maximum of 2 hours. A student may continue to use the laptop provided that there are no students registered in the waiting list.
- Students are also advised to scan their flash drives / memory sticks with the Kaspersky Antivirus already installed in the laptops.
- Students are advised not to leave any of their personal documents or assignments on the laptops, nor are they allowed to install any programs. The library will not remain accountable for any loss of documents from the laptops.
- After using a book, it should be left on a table for the library helpers to re-shelve.
- Students should show their books and bags to the library security when they leave the library.
- If student wants to check out or check in books from the library, they should come before 7:30p.m.
- The library is always eager to hear about new books that ought to be added to the library or where further copies are required. A recommendation form is available from library staff.
The library is intended for quiet study. Students not observing this policy will be warned once. If the disturbance is repeated they will be asked to leave. Mobile phones may NOT be used in the library and should be switched off or put on silent / vibrate mode while the student is in the library. If consultation with another student is necessary, a room is available during the day as an alternative study room.
Personal Possessions in the Library
No book bags or brief cases are allowed in the library. Women are allowed to bring small purses into the library, subject to inspection by library staff. Textbooks may be brought into the library but are subject to inspection by library staff.