A Jesuit, Filipino, and Asian Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology

Sunday, February 25, 2018
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The LST Library, or the Ralph B. Gehring Library, has been described as the “best theological library in Southeast Asia.” This might not refer to the physical appearance of the library but rather to the books and periodicals the library holds. The library was created from the merging of materials from two Jesuit institutions, the San Jose Major Seminary and Berchmans College, in 1955. The 25,000 books collected from the sorting and weeding created the base for the collection of the library. The library receives periodicals through subscription and in exchange for Landas, the Journal of Loyola School of Theology.

Presently, it houses in three floor levels an approximate 113,000 volumes which include theological, philosophical, cultural, historical, and other sociological periodicals that complement LST’s  program of instruction and the Jesuit character of the institution. The Ground Floor contains general circulation books; the Second Floor, journals and periodicals; the Third Floor hosts the reference books section, newly-processed journals, class reserved books, the circulation counter and staff offices.
Ground Floor: General Circulation Section
Second Floor: Journals and Periodicals Section
Third Floor: Reference Section, Reading and Computer Rooms and Circulation Counter
Formerly owned by the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus, the library was donated to LST in 1996 and is intended primarily for the use of its faculty and students. It is not a general-service library, and access to its premises, books and other materials is strictly in accordance with the norms given in the Statement of Library Policies.
Library Hours and Service
The library is open from 7:45 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, throughout most of the year. It is closed on Sundays, school or legal holidays, and announced days for inventory or other purposes. Upon entering the library, a client must present a validated LST ID card with his/her photo on it. Bags, brief cases, knapsacks, umbrellas, etc. must be left in the depository boxes found near the entrance.
The library main door is equipped with a sensing device that detects library books that have not been properly checked out at the circulation counter. If the device sounds an alarm, the exiting client must return to the counter and allow his/her bag, briefcase, etc. to be inspected.
Categories of Clients
The library fee, paid to the LST cashier during registration, entitles various categories of clients to the following privileges:
(a) LST Students Enrolled in Degree or Certificate Programs. LST students enrolled in degree or certificate programs may borrow up to ten (10) books for two weeks, with a possibility of renewal if the books are not otherwise needed. Students writing STD/PhD dissertations may borrow up to fifteen (20) books for one month, with the possibility of renewal if the books are not otherwise needed.
(b) Cross-Registrants. Cross-registrants with endorsement letter and validated ID from the Ateneo de Manila University have the same privileges as regular LST students. Cross-registrants from other schools may borrow books, up to three at one time, for a period of two weeks, with the possibility of renewal.
(c) Auditors. Auditors may use the library, but may not borrow books, except upon deposit of an amount per book determined by the LST Administration. This deposit is refunded at the end of each semester.
(d) Faculty and students of Ateneo de Manila University: Ateneo students and faculty with endorsement letter and validated ID are allowed to use the library as guided by agreements between LST and AdMU.
(e) Doctoral Students of the Consortium of Theological Studies: By virtue of the agreement on the mutual sharing of resources and facilities by member-schools, doctoral students of other schools belonging to the Consortium are granted the privilege of using the LST library. They may use the materials and facilities inside the library, but the books may not be lent out to them. They must bring an ondorsement letter with their school’s letterhead and a valid ID.
(f) Researchers from Other Schools or Institutions: Researchers from other schools or institutions may be granted permission by the President or Dean to do research work in the LST library provided they present an endorsement letter from their Department Chairperson and pay either a semestral or a daily spot-fee. They may use the materials and facilities inside the library, but books may not be lent out to them.
Library Materials
Periodicals (bound or unbound), reference books, and reserved books are not loaned out of the library. They may be used only inside the library. Only books in the general circulation section may be loaned out of the library. After use, all library materials should not be returned to the shelves, but should be left on the reading tables for re-shelving by the library staff.
Fines are imposed on overdue book loans (P5.00 per book per day). For books lost by the borrower, the damages charged to the borrower include the cost of replacing and processing the book as well as any overdue fines related to the book.
Students who have not returned overdue books or who have overdue fines and/or unpaid reimbursement charges are not allowed to register in the next term. Delinquent cross-registrants are not given clearances for the release of their grades and/or transcripts. Offenders who are about to finish their studies in LST cannot not be given clearance for graduation as well as for the release of their grades, transcripts, and diplomas.
Library Computer Room
Computers linked to the Internet are available to library users. Special guidelines govern the use of these computers. Computer printing can be arranged with the circulation desk for a fee. The library makes available to clients bibliographical as well as theological and biblical resource materials on the LST website (ATLA-CPLI) and in CD-ROM.
Library Online Public Access Catalogue
On every floor of the library building special computers are available for searching the library online public access catalogue (OPAC). The OPAC is also accessible through the Internet.
Photocopying Services
Low-cost photocopying service is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. A chapter or more to be photocopied is usually scheduled by the operator for pick-up later. Fragile materials are not allowed to be photocopied. LST theses and dissertations may not be photocopied in whole or in part.
Library Decorum
The library is a silent study area. Loud conversations and other disturbances must be avoided. Cell phones must be turned off or placed on silent mode at all times.