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Doctor of Ministry Library Portal

A guide to GCTS Library resources and policies for Doctor of Ministry students

Book Mailing Requests

Book Mailing Requests

Eligible students (see policies tab) can request books from the Goddard and Lindsell Libraries (South Hamilton, MA & Charlotte, NC). These items will be sent by mail to the student at the seminary's cost and are to be returned by mail at the student's cost.

Only books that are owned by either the Goddard or Lindsell Libraries are eligible to be loaned. If a student needs a book not currently in the collection, it is best to request the book through a local public library.

Book Request Policies

Borrowers Eligible for Mail Requests:

  • Charlotte Masters and Doctor of Ministry students living in the continental United States
  • Jacksonville students living in the continental United States
  • CUME students (in Boston, MA) 
  • Semlink students (enrolled in online correspondence courses)
  • Hamilton Doctor of Ministry students living in the continental United States

All students using library services are subject to library policies of each branch, including fines.

Borrowers Ineligible for Mail Requests:

  • GCTS Alumni
  • Students within 75 miles of the library branch that owns the item(s) requested, or commuting to those campuses at least once a week.
  • Anyone who is not a current GCTS student.

Items Available for Loan by Mail:

  • Circulating items in the Goddard Library and the Lindsell Library (e.g., items marked in the catalog as Hamilton - Goddard . . . Circulating Collection . . . Available or items marked Charlotte . . . Circulating Collection . . . Available)
  • Circulating items in the Bruce Jackson Memorial Library at CUME (e.g., items marked in the catalog as Boston . . . Circulating Collection) are available only to students based at the South Hamilton campus (to be brought to the Goddard Library by courier).

Items Not Available for Loan by Mail:

  • Reserve and Reference Items
  • Audio Cassettes
  • Video Cassettes
  • CD's
  • DVD's
  • Any items in the Center for the Study of Global Christianity collections (marked "Hamilton - C.S.G.C." in the online catalog).
  • Any items in CUME's Bruce Jackson Memorial Library (marked "Boston" in the online catalog).
  • Any items in the Jacksonville campus library (marked "Jacksonville" in the online catalog).
  • Any item that has been deemed too fragile or 'rare' by the library staff.
  • Any items not currently in the library's collection. (Interlibrary loans cannot be obtained at a distance, and must be placed through the students' local public library, if available.)

Book Request Instructions

To request up to six books, find their availability in our Online Catalog. A book eligible to be sent will display as Location: Hamilton - Goddard Circulating Coll…Available or Location: Charlotte Circulating Coll…Available

Copy and paste the TitleAuthorLocation and Availability into:

  1. The library's contact form. (You will be prompted to enter your contact information and given an opportunity to copy and paste the book information and indicate which campus from which you are requesting the books.)


  1. An email sent to (for items at the Goddard Library) or to items at the Lindsell Library). Also include your name, your student ID number, and your mailing address.

Depending on your location, you will be notified by email or phone when books have been sent directly to you or are available for pickup at your nearest GCTS library branch. Regardless of your location, books must be returned by mail directly to the lending library and postmarked before or on their due date.