Northeastern Seminary

Current Students | New Student Orientation

Seminary Library for New Students

There are many services available to NES students through the B. Thomas Golisano Library including a 24-hour computer lab, available to all students with an ID card and a café (service hours as posted). In addition to the information below, you can find other information at the Library website here, or by calling 585.594.6280.


  • Your NES ID card serves as your library card. You will be asked to present your NES ID card when you borrow library materials.
  • You can find the due dates for your checked out materials or renew them online (from the library webpage, go to Services / Your Account or Services / Renew). You may also contact the Resource Desk by phone (585-594-6893), email ( or in person.
  • If you are returning a book that is overdue, you can pay your fees at the Resource Desk or online if they are over $5 (from the library webpage, go to Services / Pay Fines). The library's circulation system automatically suspends your book borrowing privileges if you accrue fines in excess of $5.
  • Please report the loss of any library books promptly. Lost materials incur a replacement cost, a per item processing fee, and any overdue fines accrued prior to the reporting of the loss.


  • You may borrow book, sound recording, and audio visual materials from the Golisano circulating collections for 6 months. We are happy to mail books to your home address if you are not on campus.
  • You may use any of the library's print or electronic bibliographic databases, in the library or from off campus. You may also request interlibrary loan materials.
  • You may sign out a key to the Graduate Research Room which offers a quiet and spacious study area, 4 PCs and a printer.
  • You have unlimited in-library use of print periodicals and reference books.
  • Please feel free to inquire at the Resource Desk if you need assistance in finding information or using library research tools or contact the Theological Librarian, Dr. Barry Hamilton at 585-594-6893.
  • You can apply at the circulation desk for an RRLC card (Rochester Regional Library Consortia) which expires June 30 of each academic year. RRLC cards provide stack and check out privileges at other Rochester area libraries including those which have large holdings in Bible and theology.
  • You can work with the Learning Center to sharpen your writing skills and hone your citation style.

Library Amenities

Graduate research room 
Learning center (writing lab and testing rooms) 
2 fireplaces 
Study café with outdoor terrace

11 group study rooms 
2 group study rooms for audio-visual materials

43,000 square feet on 2 floors 
132,000 books and bound journals 
100+ electronic databases 
Leisure reading books 
New books display

Archives and special collections reading room 
Conference room 
Comfortable individual and group seating

Geo-thermal based system for heating and cooling the building with Leed certification as a green building.

The Learning Center

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

In addition, academic accommodations are available to eligible students with documented disabilities. RWC/NES faculty takes seriously the legal obligation to assure that equal educational opportunities are provided to persons with disabilities. Therefore, the faculty of NES encourages all students, including those with documented disabilities, to use academic support services and accommodations that are appropriate to their specific needs. The purpose of these accommodations is to ensure all students an equal opportunity to learn and succeed.

If you have a disability that has been professionally documented and believe you may need some academic support services, please take the following steps:

  1. Contact the Learning Center (585.594.6270) to arrange an appointment to meet with the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities in order to determine what accommodations are appropriate for you in your current situation. It is your responsibility to request these accommodations in a timely manner.
  2. Send a copy of your latest and most complete documentation, including evaluations, to the Learning Center. Current, professional documentation of your disability is essential for determining what assistance you may be eligible to receive.
  3. Make sure the classes you have scheduled for the semester are realistic and reasonable for you by discussing them with your advisor and the Learning Center faculty.


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