The Instructional Resource Center of the William Smith Morton Library offers a mailing service to out-of-town borrowers who wish to receive library books, videos, DVDs, cassette tapes and CDs through the mail. An Extension borrower must live at least 50 miles from Morton Library. Policies governing the use of Library materials by extension patrons are listed below.
Due to new access and borrowing policies, Extension services can be provided ONLY TO MEMBERS of the William Smith Morton Library. If you were an active member on our rolls before 26 April 2008 or if you are an out-of-town alumnus/a of Union or BTSR, you are also eligible for Extension services at no charge.
Other ordained pastors working in the PCUSA and United Methodist denominations and certified educators working in the PCUSA can receive Extension services at a significantly reduced charge of $50/year.
New patrons must apply for the appropriate membership and pay the annual fee. Details of the new policies can be found HERE.
Patron Registration Form
To register as an extension patron, please print the REGISTRATION FORM and mail it or fax it to us, at the address or fax number listed at the bottom of this page. You will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer in order to download this PDF file.
Borrowing Privileges Through Extension
|Borrowing Periods||Renewals||Maximum Number of Items|
|Books : 5 weeks
Videos & DVDs : 3 weeks
Other media : 5 weeks
These borrowing periods
include shipping time
|One renewal on books
No renewal on visual media items
3 visual media*
10 audio media**
* Visual media items : either videos or DVDs ** Audio media items : either CDs or tape cassettes
Only books, audio media items and visual media items can be mailed. Other media items and curriculum cannot. If you are an extension patron and you come to Richmond to visit the Library, you may borrow the other items listed here, but we do not mail them.
Visual Media Items
$5 for first item / $1 for each additional item. (A maximum of 3 visual media items loans can be made at one time.)
We ship our visual media items via UPS, and we request that you return them via UPS or trackable Priority Mail.
IRC staff may require you to purchase additional insurance to cover the value of items being shipped.
Books and Audio Media Items
These items are shipped Media Mail Rate at no cost to you. Because our circulation periods include mailing to and from the Library, you should be aware that Media Mail Rate can impact the amount of time that you will have the items for use.
If any donation is made towards our postage costs, we will ship your items with first class postage, resulting in quicker delivery. Checks for postage donations should be made out to Union Presbyterian Seminary, but sent to Extension Services at the address on the order form.
Orders can now be placed directly through our online catalog. You will need to LOGIN to our catalog, using the barcode number printed on your library access card, and your PIN. For instructions showing how to login, click HERE. If you do not have a library card or PIN, please contact our Extension Librarian. PLEASE NOTE : NO EXTENSION REQUESTS CAN BE ACCEPTED BY PHONE.
TO REQUEST BOOKS OR MEDIA ITEMS : Please click HERE to read a tutorial explaining how to place requests for available items using the "request" function of our Library catalog.
Inquiries about extension services should be addressed to :
|William Smith Morton Library|
|Union Presbyterian Seminary|
|3401 Brook Road|
|Richmond, VA 23227|
You may contact us by email at : firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (804) 278-4317. PLEASE NOTE : NO REQUESTS CAN BE ACCEPTED BY PHONE. See ordering information above.
Come and visit us !
The Instructional Resource Center is located on the second floor of the Library and is open during all open hours, although it is staffed only during weekdays until 4:30 pm. Most of our rich collection of audio media, kits and print curricula is housed in public shelving and is accessible to users during open hours. Visual titles (videos and DVDs) are not accessible in the Center when no staff is available, but materials can be left for you at the Circulation Desk for pickup after 4:30 pm or on weekends. Contact a staff member (listed above) to arrange a pickup after hours.
For a map of our campus and driving directions, click HERE.