Tyndale House Library Guide
How do I contact the library? The librarians can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on +44 1223 566621
What are your opening hours? Please see https://tyndalehouse.com/library/opening-hours/ for our up-to-date opening hours.
Can I borrow books? Our collection is reference-only, which means the books stay in the library and are always available when they are needed, either from our shelves or from another reader’s desk.
What if I can’t find the book I need?The library staff are happy to help you locate resources. If you want to recommend a book for purchase please complete this form: https://forms.office.com/e/PHgc4artvn or email the details to email@example.com.
- Please help us to keep the library as a silent study zone.
- Personal belongings are the responsibility of their owner and are not covered by Tyndale House insurance.
- Food and drink are not permitted in the library with the exception of bottled water.
- When you leave the library for the day, please close any windows and blinds and switch off the lamp and radiator by the study space you have used.
- Please return your access card to reception or the library office at the end of your visit.
How do I connect to the internet and network?
There are two WiFi SSIDs available to connect to the internet:
- Tyndale-FREE-Wireless service allows you full internet access and access to Tyndale House subscriptions and other networked resources. The current password is on the notice board.
- UniOfCAM service allows you to access the University Library’s full range of electronic resources.Members of the University of Cambridge can use their Raven ID; members of other academic institutions can use their EduRoam ID; other visitors can request a wifi ticket from the library office.
Anti-virus and security
It is strongly advised that all readers install anti-virus software. The following alternatives are available free: Anti-virus software: AVG for PC, AVAST for PC, or Sophos for Mac Anti-spyware: Spydot Search & Destroy PC users should classify both the Tyndale-FREE network and UniOfCam network as ‘public’ which will prevent any network user from connecting to your computer using scanning software. Windows Firewall is compatible with the Tyndale House network.
Copying and scanning – Please refer to our copyright policy and details of what you may and may not copy.
We have an all-in-one photocopier, printer and scanner for use by readers and staff, located near the library entrance. Library materials may be taken out of the main library for the purposes of copying/scanning and must be returned immediately afterwards. If you encounter any problems with printing, scanning or photocopying please ask the library staff or IT Manager for help.
Costs and payment for printing or photocopying – buy a copy card from the library office
The printer/copier/scanner is located just outside the library entrance. You can print via the Tyndale-FREE network or using a USB stick.
Printing via the network
Please send any documents you would like to print via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, a shared email account which can be accessed from the library computers near the library entrance. Once you have opened your document from this inbox, please select “print” and a box will pop up asking you to set an ID and Password in order to retrieve your document at the printer. This will happen each time you print a document. The ID and Password can be anything you choose — they can be as simple as your initials. Both the ID and Password are case-sensitive.
To print your document:
- Insert your copy card into the EMOS reader next to the printer. On the control panel screen tap “User box”.
- Tap the “Secure print” option.
- Type your “ID”.
- Tap “Password” and type your password.
- Tap the image of your document to select it.
- Tap “Print”.
- Press the illuminated oval blue button
Printing via USB stick
Only .pdf files and Word .docx files can be printed directly from a USB stick.
- Insert your copy card into the EMOS reader next to the printer.
- Insert your USB stick in the slot on the right-hand side of the unit (just around the corner from the control panel screen).
- On the control panel screen tap the “External Memory” option.
- Select the file that you wish to print.
- Tap the “Print” option.
- Press the illuminated oval blue button.
No copy card needed; pay-as-you-go by cash in the ‘honesty box’ by the copier)
2p per scan
If you are off-site and require a book chapter or journal article we can scan it and email it to you for a small fee.
Please use the order form to make your request: https://academic.tyndalehouse.com/library/remote-reading
- You may request up to five items per order.
- Please give as much information as possible about the item. If in doubt, please check the catalogue.
- Email your completed form to email@example.com.
- We aim to complete your order within one week. Please let us know if you need the item(s) urgently.
The cost is £5 for the first item and £4.50 for subsequent items on the same order. A discount is available for those living and working in the Majority World. The librarian reserves the right to add a surcharge for articles and chapters over 40 pages.
How do I find out what’s been published on a particular subject?
You can search our library catalogue to browse the latest titles which we’ve purchased but for a comprehensive overview of what’s been published in your field consult: Old Testament Abstracts and New Testament Abstracts (print or online) The online editions can be accessed on-site via our library catalogue.
Using the library catalogue and classification scheme
Our library catalogue is freely accessible online here. It is updated continuously by our library staff who are trained in bibliographic description. All books are entered on the catalogue at the point of purchase, so you can check what is on order as well as what is in stock.
We use a specially tailored version of the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme which provides greater detail in the subjects we focus on in order to serve the needs of our readers. Key class marks include:
220 General works on the whole bible
220.092 Dead Sea scrolls
221-224 Old Testament
225-228 New Testament
229 Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
290s History of Judaism and Jewish literature
800s Biblical languages
900s History of and texts from the ancient Near East
Tyndale House library contains one of the world’s best collections of academic works for biblical studies. We specialise strictly in the biblical text, interpretation and historical background, and aim to collect virtually all important academic works within these disciplines.
The collection includes more than 45,000 monographs. We buy about 800 titles every year, focusing on biblical exegesis but also expanding our collections on Jewish literature and Judaism, ancient languages and linguistic studies, and the history of the Near East. We collect titles in many academic series but also welcome recommendations from readers.
We have around 400 journal titles, of which around 150 are current subscriptions. The latest issues are displayed near the library entrance. The most recent 1-4 years are stored in Bay 1; after binding, older volumes are stored on the uppermost shelves in the library alphabetically starting in Bay 1 and moving clockwise round the library.
We have a substantial collection of journal off-prints and pamphlets. These are searchable on the library catalogue.
If you wish to use the microfiche reader please ask the library staff.
All our online resources are accessible via our library catalogue. Subscription resources may only be accessed on-site, or remotely through an OpenAthens account (see below).
Online databases and useful websites
Our main subscription databases are: Old Testament Abstracts Online, New Testament Abstracts Online, Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library (Brill), Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon (Brill) and Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG). We also catalogue high-quality open-access databases and websites. Many more (for example ATLA Religion) are available through the University of Cambridge’ subscriptions.
Online journals and e-books
Where available, we subscribe to the electronic as well as print editions of journals. We currently have access to the full text of 50 journal titles and over 4,600 e-book titles. Our catalogue also contains links to over 8,000 open-access journal articles and we are adding open-access e-book titles all the time.
We offer readers the chance to access most of our subscription e-resources off site through OpenAthens, the single sign-on platform and authentication system. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to register for an account. (Within the library, you may access e-resources via our WiFi (see p. 4), including the large number of subscription e-resources provided by Cambridge University Library.)
The collection of the Tyndale House library archive includes the archives of Tyndale House itself as well as the personal papers of various people associated with Tyndale House. These items are not included in our library catalogue. Please speak to the library staff for more information.
Policies and useful documents
Collection development policy >
Tyndale House upholds Copyright Law in respect of copying and scanning works within the Collections of Tyndale House Library.
What is copyright?
Copyright is mainly based on the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, and subsequent revisions including the Copyright and Related Rights Regulations 2003, Copyright Rights in Performances Regulations 2014, previous Copyright Acts (1911 and 1956), and Directives, Treaties, Conventions and Case Law. Copyright is an exclusive economic right granted to the creator of original work to permit or prevent other people from copying it. Copyright does not protect an idea, only the material expression of the idea. Works are protected regardless of artistic merit, although they need to be original and/or show skill and judgement.
What does copyright protect?
Copyright only protects certain things specified by the Copyright Act - if it does not fall within one of the eight categories – it will not be protected These categories are: Literary works, Dramatic Works, Musical Works, Artistic Works, Broadcasts, Sound Recordings, Films and Typographic Works
How are works protected?
There is no need to register copyright in the UK: it exists automatically as soon as a work in one of the above categories is created There is no need to use a copyright symbol in the UK, if a work is protected by copyright, it will be protected anyway For most works, copyright protection in the UK lasts 70 years from the end of the year in which the person who created the work dies. When the creator dies, copyright normally passes to their estate unless they specify otherwise. As a general rule, the first owner of copyright in a Work(s), the “Copyright Holder” will be the person who produced the work unless it was made by an employee in the course of his or her employment A Copyright Holder is able to transfer the legal ownership of that copyright to a third party (also called an "assignment") or grant permission to use it under licence.
What are “Moral Rights”?
Moral Rights relate to the creator’s honour or reputation. They give the creator: The right to be named as the creator of the work (paternity right) The right to object to someone wrongly named as the creator of his/her work (false attribution right) The right to object to derogatory treatment of the work (derogatory treatment right) Moral rights can’t be assigned to anyone else (unlike copyright), but they can be waived.
In respect to copying, scanning, or photographing/filming a printed work: Under UK law, the concept of “Fair Dealing” allows the lawful reproduction of a work without having to seek permission from the copyright owner.
Fair Dealing permits making a copy: if the use is for private study or research or if it is used for the purposes of quotation, criticism or review Under Fair Dealing you may make a single copy of: up to one chapter or 5% - whichever is greater - of a published book up to 10% of a short book (up to 200 pages long) one poem or short story of up to 10 pages long one article from any single issue of a published journal Only single copies are permitted - unless you are authorised to make multiple copies under the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Photocopying, Scanning and Digital Re-Use – Comprehensive Higher Education Licence. See https://www.cla.co.uk/higher-education-licence for information. Unless authorisation has been given, any digital copies must not be placed on a network or onto the Internet.
Please note that unpublished materials – such as theses and dissertations – are not covered by Fair Dealing. You may only copy from these with the written consent of the author.
Creative Commons Licences
Creative Commons Licences have been developed by Creative Commons, a not-for-profit charity www.creativecommons.org. In order to facilitate sharing of creative works, Creative Commons have developed several licences to enable rights holders, and those acting with the specific authorisation of rights holders to use, share and reuse their work. Disclaimer: None of the information contained within this document should be construed as legal advice. Should specific legal advice be required, please consult the appropriate legal advisor.
NB Some of the information here is taken from material by Naomi Korn and licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike Licence (CC BY SA)
Filming and Photography Policy
Anyone wishing to film or take photographs within the library needs to seek permission from the library staff. Filming/photography activities should not impact on silent study or cause any disruption to others using the library. Tyndale House will try to accommodate requests wherever possible, although some requests may be refused or modified to meet the needs of all users.
Filming/photography should take place during fully staffed opening hours 9.00 – 17:00 hours on weekdays.
Filming/photography should not block any fire exits. This requirement is for health and safety reasons since stairwells and fire exits must be kept clear at all times in the event of an emergency evacuation.
Crews may come in ahead of time to quietly to determine the area and plan their shoot. If the filming/photography involves a lot of equipment, a risk assessment should be carried out by the person/people undertaking the work and the member of staff in charge of Health and Safety will check that the set-up is safe (e.g. no trailing wires or obvious H&S concerns).
Film crews must respect Library property, and not move, rearrange or remove any materials, furniture, equipment etc. without consultation and permission to do so. Please provide the following information:
- Date and time of the proposed shoot
- Exact location of the proposed shoot within the Library
- Number of people involved
- Nature of the shoot - if anyone is to be captured in the film/photograph, the filmmaker/photographer needs to obtain written consent from those persons in advance of the shoot.
- Reason for the shoot
Filming and photography requests can be considered and approved by contacting: Mr Simon Sykes email@example.com Tel. 01223 566604
Please note that the Library does not commit to organising or arranging filming or photography, it simply acts as a venue for it to take place in. Photography of library materials using a digital or SLR-lens camera, is permitted only under the following conditions and at the discretion of the Librarian:
- You must read and sign a copyright declaration form.
- You must NOT use flash photography.
- Items to be photographed must be handled with due care, using foam supports and weights as necessary, and avoiding any unnecessary stress to the item, such as bending book spines or removing file fastenings, etc.
- Photography may only be carried out in the area designated by the Librarian.
- Photography may only be carried out on condition that it does not disturb other readers. In circumstances where this is likely to be the case an appointment may have to be made to photograph items at another time.
- You may only take 10% of any image or map owned by Tyndale House in total.
Scanners, camcorders, digital camcorders and mobile phone cameras are not permitted. If you wish to publish images, please speak to the Librarian. A fee may be applicable for the commercial use of images taken at Tyndale House, the amount being dependent on the nature of the publication and the intended print run.