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Trinity Church Library

Norman E. Hjorth Library

The mission of the Trinity Church Library is to maintain a collection of carefully selected literature and resources for the spiritual growth, religious education, and enjoyment of members, staff, and friends of Trinity Church, as well as to provide equal access to information, ideas, and knowledge through multiple types of resources.

The library, located across the hall from the Hospitality Room, includes almost 3,000 resources for adults and children. As a church-sponsored library, materials are available that may not be found at secular or public schools and libraries. Bible study and Christian living are some of the subjects carefully selected to augment our collection, as well as religion and contemporary social, political, and moral issues.

Of course, if you just want to relax with a good story, the library has those too, for all ages!
Currently, there are special locations for books on Presbyterianism, Women in the Bible and Bible studies, Men in the Bible and Bible studies, Youth (fiction, biographies, and non-fiction), and Racism. If an item you are looking for falls into one of these categories, it will be noted on the card in the card catalog as well as in the online system.

Resources may be borrowed any time that the building is open. All books, videos, and resources are listed in the card catalog and on a free-to-use website, LIBIB. The web address is
https://www.libib.com/u/trinpresch. Not only can you use the website to search for items and their location in the library, but you can also see how many copies there are, if it is currently checked out, and place a hold so you can have it next. There is also a search feature for seasonal books and Caldecott/Newbery award winners. The library uses the Dewey Decimal System, just as schools and public libraries use.

To borrow a resource from the Trinity Church Library:

  • Take the book card out of the due date pocket located in the back of the resource.
  • Write your name and telephone number on the book card.
  • Write the due date on both the book card and the due date pocket in the resource.
  • Books are due one month from checkout date; all other resources are due two weeks
    from the checkout date.
  • Give the card to the librarian on duty or place it in the index box on the desk. If you are checking out Youth books, put the card in the special index box located on the cart with the books.

A committee of volunteers is responsible for the maintenance of the library, from selection to shelving. A committee member is usually available to answer questions and check out resources on Sundays after the worship service. Library volunteers are always welcome!

Donations to the library are accepted with the proviso that the Library Committee may use the gifts in any appropriate manner. You may donate a new book in memory or in honor of someone. Donations may be left at the library desk any time the church is open. Be sure to leave your name and address/phone number. All gifts will be acknowledged.