Academic institutions are predicated on the search for knowledge. In research and inquiry, espousal and refutation, there should be no prohibited topics. We subscribe to the ALA Library Bill of Rights, especially Article II: “Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.”
Collection Development Policy
Responsibility for the selection of materials lies with both Thiel faculty, who recommend additions for their disciplines, and library staff, who maintain reference, databases and general interest collections. The following factors are considerations in the recommendation of addition or removal of materials:
The Library holds primarily English language materials, although some items in other languages are available. Current textbooks may be added to the reserves collection at the request of an instructor.
Information Literacy Statement
Thiel College librarians actively support and promote the positions taken by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries), a division of the American Library Association, dealing with information literancy and information literacy competency standards.
Interlibrary Loan Policy
Langenheim Memorial Library will order no more than 5 books per student at a given time via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). The first five books will be requested in the order they are received. If we are unable to fill a request, another book may be requested. If a student finishes and returns a book then another will be ordered to replace it. All book requests will be suspended for any student with overdue ILL books. This policy does not apply to nonreturnable ILLs, which are comprised mainly of photocopies. Photocopy ILL must follow the fair use tenant of no more than 5 articles from a single journal title.
Interlibrary Loan is a privilege. The Director of the Library reserves the right to suspend individual ILL borrowing privileges if it is determined that the individual in question is placing Thiel College’s ILL standing in jeopardy.
Langenheim Library respects our patrons' right to privacy and observes state and federal laws regarding the disclosure of personal information from library records.
Residents of Greenville and nearby communities are welcome to use the facilities and resources of the Langenheim Memorial Library at no charge. However, there is a $10 annual fee (no fee if parent or spouse is employed at Thiel) to checkout circulating materials. Application for a community card can be found at the circulation desk.
The $10 fee is payable upon application and the library staff will process the application immediately if activity at the circulation desk allows. It normally takes 20 minutes to process the card and add records to the computer system. No materials may be checked out until the identification card is issued.
Please note: The Thiel computer network is available to students, staff and faculty only and no logins or passwords are available at the library for guests. Online resources that require passwords are not available to community patrons. The identification card must be presented each time the patron checks-out and renews material. Patrons may take out up to five items that are due within 21 days. Items may be renewed.
The fine for overdue material is $.10 per day per item with a maximum of $5 in accumulated fines before the patron loses the privilege to borrow. A replacement price of $50 will be charged for lost items. Assessment on damaged items will be made on an individual basis. Every effort will be made to recover replacement values and fines, including the use of a collection agency.
Representative Carroll Kearns (1900-1976) was responsible for designating the Langenheim Memorial Library as a Federal Depository Library, which occurred in 1963. Kearns engaged in educational work from 1924 to 1947, pursued a musical career as a concert artist and conductor, and was elected as a Republican to the 80th Congress and served from 1947 to 1963. He died in Meadville, Pa., on June 11, 1976.
The Kearns room is in the first floor hallway, near Periodicals.