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Food and Beverages
  • Food and beverages are allowed in the first floor lounge area ("Liber Lounge").
  • Beverages in sealed containers are allowed throughout the library.
  • No food is permitted on other floors.
Guest User Policies

The mission statement of Western Theological Seminary’s Cook Library is: “to be the center for access to information resources supporting student studies, faculty research, and area ministries.”

As a library guest you acknowledge and agree to follow these conditions:

  • Your use of Cook Library should be limited to academic research within the aims and intentions of the mission statement.
  • Your use of the facility, including your personal behavior, must not interfere with the needs of seminary students, faculty, or staff to use the facility or resources. Cook Library staff determines appropriate and proper use of the facilities.
  • Your use of the public computers must be approved by the Director of the Cook Library after submission of a written application describing your research intentions. Computer usage shall fall within the overall policy guidelines for them (see the statement found on each computer and in the policy sections below).
  • Your use of the wireless network within the library must follow the policy guidelines for computer use.
  • Your use of a computer within Cook Library acknowledges your understanding that the seminary has a right to monitor all activity on a computer within the seminary network or those accessing the Internet through the library’s wireless network, including, but not limited to, programs used and websites accessed. Acceptable use does not include entertainment or social networking sites such as music videos, YouTube, FaceBook or Pinterest.
  • There are four LAN computers available on the first floor are for searching in the Catalog and research databases. No other use is permitted. 
Failure to follow with these conditions will lead to loss of library privileges.


Computer Use Policy
  • Use of the computers for personal business purposes is prohibited.
  • In order to allow equal access, the library staff reserves the right to set time limits on any workstation.
  • Downloading software or loading software directly onto a workstation from a personal storage device or CD is prohibited.
  • All personal files must be saved onto a personal storage device -- any files saved to the workstation will be deleted by library staff.
  • Users are expected to preserve the computer's configuration by refraining from changing displays and icon arrangements.
  • All printing is routed to the Canon copier by the Vendprint system.
  • Patrons can pay for copies by using their bank card or currency.
  • The following uses of the seminary computers are prohibited:
    1. Use that denies or interferes with, or attempts to deny or interfere with, service to others in any way.
    2. Use that is inconsistent with Western Theological Seminary's non-profit status.
    3. Use that threatens or harasses others.
    4. Use that damages the integrity of the seminary, its computer network, or other computer networks.
    5. Use that violates federal, state, or local laws.
    6. Use that violates copyright laws.
    7. Use that violates seminary contracts.
    8. Use that violates any external data network policies.
  • Intentional violation of these policies may result in loss of privileges.
  • Applicable federal and state laws govern the use of computing resources within educational institutions. The standards for behavior expressed in the seminary handbook also apply to the use of seminary resources. Users are responsible for complying with any laws, standards, policies, or procedures pertaining to computer use.
Internet Policy
  • The Internet is a global electronic network comprised of hundreds of millions of different sites reflecting the whole range of human interests and activities. Because the Internet changes so quickly library staff cannot be expected to have thorough knowledge of various sites and their content. Users are ultimately responsible for the choice of sites they visit.
  • Cook Library is committed to freedom of expression and the principles of intellectual freedom as expressed in the "Access to Digital Information, Services, and Networks: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights" statement formulated by the American Library Association.
  • The restriction of any child's access to the Internet is the sole responsibility of her/his parent or legal guardian.
  • Cook Library makes no warranty, expressed or implied, for the timeliness, accuracy or usefulness for a particular item of information accessed on the Internet.
  • Cook Library makes no guarantee that Internet sites will be accessible, nor can it guarantee the speed at which the system operates.
  • Users must comply with the United States copyright law and all other applicable laws.
  • In their use of the Internet seminary students are expected to follow the conduct guidelines as stated in the Western Seminary Handbook (2015-16) 2.3.
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