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Visitors and Alumni

Library Searching | Copiers, Computers, Printers | Wireless | Borrowing | Reference Service | Other Services

Visitors and alumni are welcome to use the collections of Murray Library . While our primary clientele are the current students, faculty and staff of Messiah College, and occasionally we may need to ask others to yield to the needs of these primary users, nevertheless we also invite others to use our resources as well. We are glad to make the Library available for quiet study, for searching and using our print and online resources, and for borrowing (as outlined below). We do hope that you will find a hospitable environment at Murray Library.

Note, please: The Library does reserve the right to refuse access and privileges to any person who fails to observe library policies.

Library Searching

The Library provides access to its catalog and databases through public search stations (PACs). Guests and alumni should stop at the Circulation Desk to obtain a guest username and password. Please note that the PACs do not have printing capability for guests and alumni, but items can be saved to flashdrives or e-mailed to users' home accounts.

Copiers, Computers, Printers

Wireless Access

Wireless access is available to community readers, alumni, and visitors to the Library. To gain access, guests need to sign in at the Library's main desk and will then be given guest username and password for using within the building. Click here for login instructions.


Community readers (14 and older) may borrow books for an annual fee of $30.00. This yearly fee extends privileges to Community readers’ immediate families and is transferable, making additional registrations for eligible family members unnecessary. Registration fees--payable by check only--are accepted at the Circulation Desk in the Library. Community readers may have up to 25 items checked out at any given time.

In addition to our own current students and employees, the following are exempt from paying the annual fee:
• Faculty, staff and students from ACLCP member colleges (with a photo ID from their    institution)
• Friends of the Messiah College Library (with membership cards or from membership roster)
• Alumni with an alumni card (issued by Falcon Services)
• Clergy (with identification)
• Pathways Institute members (with identification)
• Evangelical School of Theology faculty and students (with identification)

Loan Periods/Renewals/Fines for Community Readers
(Note: up to 25 items checked out at any given time)

Resource Location Loan Period
Books Main Book Stacks 21 days (with 1 renewal)
Juvenile Books Main Book Stacks 21 days (with 1 renewal)
Curriculum Materials Main Book Stacks 21 days (summer only) (with 1 renewal)
Musical Scores First Floor 21 days (with 1 renewal)
Sound Recordings First Floor Library use only
Videorecordings First Floor Library use only (2 hours)
Periodicals, Magazines First Floor Library use only
Reference First Floor Library use only

Recalls. Any book is subject to recall after the initial loan period, requiring return within 3-5 days.

Fines. When a library item becomes overdue, the borrower has 21 days to return the item before a fine is charged. If the item is not returned after this period, a fine of $10 per item is charged. If the item is not returned withn 60 days of the original due date, the borrower will be billed for replacement of the item plus a nonrefundable $20 processing fee.

Reference Service

Reference assistance is primarily provided at the Reference Desk on the main floor of the Library. Telephone reference assistance, generally for simpler information requests, is available by calling (717) 691-6006 x3910.

Other Services

We regret that the Library is unable to offer the following to Visitors, Alumni, or Community Users:
   • FAX service
   • Interlibrary Loan service


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