Library services during Module 5, May-June 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Welcome to module 5. As you can see, even the books in the library are taking security measures. We are here to help you with your research papers and projects.

Library research is always a challenge. More so now that access to print collections has been restricted. However, the SCS Library continues to provide access to thousands of e-books and journal articles through its online collections. In last year’s library annual report, it was reported that the library had access to 39,203 unique full text journal titles and 479,181 ebooks through purchase, subscription, or open access in 125 research databases.

Communication is key. I am available via email and Zoom to help you research, write and format your papers. Daytime and evening appointments are available.

More information about the library can be found here:


Requesting SCS Print Materials

As restrictions in the county lift, we have developed a policy to safely make the print collections available to students and faculty. While the library building will continue to remain closed, students and faculty will have 3 options for obtaining print material owned by the library (a closed stacks model): (1) request and “curb-side” pickup, (2) mailing, or (3) scan and email chapters, reference articles, or commentary passages. Requests will be filled in 2-3 days. If you request items from SDC, expect delays (we don’t do daily deliveries now).

(photo by Kathie Russell)

Option 1: “Curb-side” Pickup

  1. Place items on hold through the library catalog and indicate in the “Item description(s)/Notes” field that you want to pick them up. * Need to setup your account? See below.
  2. The requested items will be pulled, checked out, and bagged.
  3. You will be contacted about a pickup day/time.
  4. The labeled bag will be placed outside the library on the book return box for pickup on an agreed upon day. Drive clockwise around the fire lane to access the library building.

Option 2: Direct Mailing

  1. Place items on hold through the library catalog and indicate in the “Item description(s)/Notes” field your mailing address. * Need to setup your account? See below.
  2. The books will be pulled, checked out and mailed to the address via USPS using “Media Rate.”
  3. You will be responsible for paying return postage or you can drop them in the library’s book return, just outside the library entrance (see below).

Option 3: Scan and Email

  1. Request that a chapter in a book, a passage in a commentary or an article in a reference book be scanned and emailed to you.
  2. Submit your requests to me via email. Subject line: Material Request, Scan and Email
  3. The request will be filled in 2-3 days.

Returning Library Books

The book return box (just outside the library entrance) has been reopened.

  1. Drive clockwise around the fire lane to access the library building and its book return.
  2. Returned items will be retrieved every few days from the book drop and checked in (using recommended safety precautions).
  3. You will not be charged overdue fines for items checked out during the COVID-19 lockdown.
  4. If you don’t feel comfortable returning your books directly to the library, you can send them via USPS. Send to: Seminary Library, 2100 Greenfield Drive, El Cajon CA 92019. Use “Media Rate”; it’s slow but it is the cheapest option for books.

* If you have never set up a password for your (patron) account in the library catalog, this is a good time to do so. Directions for “My Library Account (WorldCat Discovery)” are available on this Library Accounts LibGuide: Scroll down to “My Library Account (WorldCat Discovery).”


If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email me.

Take care,


Jennifer S. Ewing, MLIS, MACM

Library Director

Southern California Seminary

2075 E Madison Ave

El Cajon, CA 92019

P: 619.201.8967

Office Hours: Contact me for a Zoom meeting

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Library P: 619.201.8966

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