Prospective 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
- 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 circulation
desk by phone (585-594-6893), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in
- If you are returning a book that is overdue, you can pay your
fees at the Circulation 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
- 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 apply for a key to the Graduate Research Room which
offers a quiet and spacious study area, 2 PCs and a printer.
- You have unlimited in-library use of print periodicals and
- Please feel free to inquire at the Reference Desk if you need
assistance in finding information or using library research tools
or contact the Theological Librarian, Dr. Barry Hamilton at
- 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.
Graduate research room
Learning center (writing lab and testing rooms)
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
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
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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.