Borrowing Materials

To borrow material from Reu Memorial Library, Wartburg Theological Seminary students, core faculty and staff must present a current Wartburg Theological Seminary ID card. UD students, faculty, and staff must present their UD ID card. Other patrons must present valid picture identification, complete a new borrower form and be added to our system at the first check out. Identification must be presented each time a patron checks out material.

Distance students may request that books be mailed to them. This can be done in several ways: library catalog, email, Zoom, or phone. If using the library catalog: Find the book. Click on the blue “Request Item through Interlibrary Loan” button when you have the book information open. Be sure to include your mailing address in the optional address fields. Books will be due when you are next on campus unless needed by someone else. Please note in the “Comments” field when you will next be on campus. This is also the same way you would do InterLibrary Loans which will be for books and items we do not own.

Check-Out Periods and Limits

Students, staff, and non-students have a checkout period of four weeks. Thesis students and faculty members have extended borrowing privileges on books. However, if another patron requests a book that is out on an extended loan, the book may be recalled. Non-Wartburg Theological Seminary affiliated patrons are allowed a maximum of 10 items total.

Video checkout is for 72 hours and patrons are limited to two videos.

Library reserve material may be checked out for a two-hour period unless otherwise noted. Patrons are limited to two reserve items at any time. Reserve material may be checked out for overnight use but must be returned within a half-hour after the library’s next opening.

Reference books, curriculum center material, vertical file material, current periodicals and retrospective periodicals are available for in-library use only.

You are responsible for all items checked out to your library account.

Returning Items

Items should be returned to the circulation desk. There is also an after-hours book drop available in the hallway outside the library.

Please DO NOT RESHELVE books. If you are finished with an item return it to the circulation desk or leave it on one of the assigned tables.


Books from the regular collection may be renewed three times if another patron is not waiting for the item. You may renew books by phone (563-589-0267), mail, e-mail, through the online catalog, or in person.

Library Fines

Reu Memorial Library does not charge overdue fines. We do however expect library patrons to be conscientious of the need to return materials on time. Since a majority of books are returned within a few days of their due date, overdue notices are not sent out until an item is a week past due. You may avoid overdue notices and save us time by keeping track of the due dates. Due dates are stamped on a slip inside the back cover of each item.

Items that are 3 weeks or more overdue are handled on an individual basis. Library privileges may be suspended until the material is returned, replaced or paid for. Patrons are charged replacement cost of the material plus a processing fee.


If you should receive a recall notice for a book you have checked out, please be sure to bring it back by the date indicated on the notice. When you return the item please indicate to the circulation attendant that it is a recalled item.

Requests from the University of Dubuque

Library materials from the University of Dubuque Charles C. Myers Library may be requested using the online catalog. A daily shuttle delivers material between the two libraries in the early afternoon each weekday and may be picked up at the circulation desk. You will receive an email when your materials arrive.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services are available to Wartburg Theological Seminary students, faculty and staff for materials we do not own and which are not available at any other Dubuque area library. For students, the materials must be for class assignments. Books and journal articles may be requested through OMS Discovery, or may be emailed to library staff. Requests usually take one to two weeks to fill. You will receive an email when the item has arrived.

Computer Use

Computer resources are available to serve the academic needs of WTS students, staff and faculty. Non-academic Internet and email usage are to be limited to 15 minutes during high use times.

Copying & Printing

Printing from one of the library printers is 10 cents per page for black and white and 75 cents for color. Printing or copying from the library copy machine/printer is 7 cents per page for black and white and 32 cents for color. Access to this printer is gained with the usual computer login and password and is charged to your student account. Payment for printing can be made at the circulation desk and is on the honor system. Students are responsible for all copies. Staff may request items needed for their work at WTS.

Food & Beverages

No FOOD is allowed in the library. A table is provided at the library entrance on which you may leave your food container. Be sure to pick up the items when you leave.

Beverages in spill-proof containers are allowed in the library. You may test your container in the cup on the table at the library entrance. Those containers that pass the “spill test” may be brought in. Please leave all others on the table provided at the library entrance. Be sure to pick up the items when you leave.

ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program

Information from other theological libraries is available through the ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program. We are a member of this program. For more information, check out this link: ATLA Website.

Study Carrels

Students are asked to remove all personal belongings from carrels when they leave the library. Library books and periodicals that are not checked out should be turned in at the circulation desk or placed on the marked carrels.

Certain designated carrels may be reserved for individual use by frequent library users. For more details or to reserve a carrel, contact the Library. Library material must be checked out before being stored in a reserved carrel. Carrel assignments will be made on the understanding that a staff member will periodically search all carrels and remove library material that is not checked out. The library is not responsible for any item left in a carrel.


Wartburg Theological Seminary affiliated children (under 18 years old) may use the library and its resources only when accompanied by a Wartburg Theological Seminary affiliated parent. The adult must stay with the child.


Students, faculty, and staff may send and receive faxes in the library. You will be notified by phone or email if you have received a fax. Unclaimed faxes will be sent to the mailroom for distribution.

For help using the fax machine, please ask the library staff. Long distance faxes within the U.S. are 5 cents per page. The library fax number is 563-589-0296.