In order to provide transparent and successful library experiences and services, the Communication, Circulation, and Donation policies described here are in effect during Phase 3 Responsible Reopening of E.M. White Library (1 March 2021 - TBD). 

Phase 3 Responsible Reopening services are limited to LPTS students, faculty, staff only


Librarians strive to respond as quickly as possible to email and online requests and will respond usually within 24 hours. However, requests received by email after 5 pm on Saturdays may not be answered until the following Monday. The library is closed on Sabbath, our Day of Rest.   

Collection Development:  Collection Policy (2018) (Intranet, login required)

Circulation Policies Effective Spring 2021

Currently, during Phase 3 Responsible Reopening, library materials are circulated only to LPTS students, faculty, and staff (i.e. employees).

For Students - Loan Periods & Renewal Limits

Students may borrow books from the circulating collection, student lending library, and physical print textbook reserves. Separate policies apply for the Reserve materials as described below.

Circulating Collection and Student Lending Library Print Books - A maximum of 5 books may be borrowed daily. A total number of 75 books may be borrowed. The loan period is until May 15, 2021. All books must be returned by May 15, 2021. One Renewal.

Physical Print Textbooks Reserve - The loan period of textbooks is one week. They may be renewed. Renewal depends on demand.

Laptop Computers - Available to students first. The loan period is until May 15, 2021. Laptops may be recalled - that is, asked to return - if demand exceeds available laptops. No renewal.  

For Employees - Loan Periods and Renewal Limits

Books may be borrowed from the circulating collections for 90 days.  A maximum of 75 items may be borrowed. Only 5 items per time. One renewal.

Recalls - A book may be recalled from a borrower after it has been checked out for two weeks (sooner if the recalled item is to be placed on reserve). Recalled items must be returned within three days of the recall notice.


Fines - Fines will continue to be waived but please, return overdue books and books that you no longer need. Thank you!




The library is unable to accept donations from the public / community at this time. LPTS faculty, staff, and students who wish to donate books should contact Ms. Bobi Bilz, Admin Coordinator (bbilz at lpts dot edu).