Community Lending

The services and resources that the Meem Library provides are designed to meet the needs of the students, faculty, and staff of St. John's College. Although the library is intended primarily for the use of the college community, members of the general public, here called Community Borrowers, and Alumni who are residents of New Mexico are invited to make use of the library as well.

How to Register as a Community Borrower

Community Borrowers are all library patrons who are not current students, staff or faculty or alumni. If you are a first-time borrower or renewing your registration, you will be asked to fill out a registration form and pay an annual registration fee of $40. Payment must be in the form of cash or check. We require a street address or rural route and box number, including zip code, a telephone number and a driver's license or other official form of identification. You will receive a library card with your expiration date. Throughout the year, you will be asked to verify your registration information and update it as necessary. If mail to your address is returned to the library, we will suspend borrowing privileges until your address is corrected.

How to Register as an Alumnus

Alumni who are residents of New Mexico will be asked to fill out a registration form. We require a street address or rural route and box number, including zip code, a telephone number and a driver's license or other official form of identification. You will receive a library card with your expiration date. Throughout the year, you will be asked to verify your registration information and update it as necessary. If mail to your address is returned to the library, we will suspend borrowing privileges until your address is corrected.

Borrowing Privileges

The book loan period for Community Borrowers and Alumni is four weeks. The audio-visual (CDs, Videos, DVDs, and cassette tapes) loan period is 7 days. There is a ten item cumulative limit for items borrowed. While we do not charge fines; we do request that you reimburse the library for lost and damaged items. Loan records will be blocked if items are overdue. Renewal requests may be made over the phone or in person. There is a limit of three renewals per item. Late renewals are not allowed. Overdue notices are mailed periodically. Failure to return overdue or recalled materials suspends borrowing privileges. When the library is closed, items may be returned through the book drop located outside the library.

The Collection

The St. John's College curriculum is devoted to reading and discussing classic texts of Western and Eastern civilization. The library collection is designed to meet the needs of this unique curriculum. The library's collection of some 65,000 volumes is especially rich in ancient and modern classics of European, Indian and Chinese literature, philosophy, science, and mathematics, in the original language and in translation. The library maintains a sizeable collection of music scores and sound recordings, and subscribes to 135 scholarly and popular periodicals.

What is Available and Where

Community Borrowers and Alumni may use any of the books, journals, or audio-visual materials located in the library. You may check out any circulating item in the general stacks. Reserve materials, reference works, periodicals, some music items and special collections are only for in-house use. Back issues of periodicals are kept in storage, and must be requested at the circulation desk. A brochure containing the library hours and a location map is available at the circulation desk. Please feel free to ask a library assistant or librarian to assist you while you are visiting the library.

Reference Service

Reference service is available for help and guidance in finding information and library materials. Request assistance of a librarian or at the circulation desk. Professional librarians are on duty Sunday through Friday.

Services Available for St. John's Students, Faculty and Staff Only

The following services are not available for community borrowers: interlibrary loans and remote database searching. Community Borrowers and Alumni are referred to the Santa Fe Public Library for these services. Community Borrowers and Alumni may not request the recall of materials on loan to other patrons.

Meem Library appreciates your patronage. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance.

 
 
 

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