While the primary responsibility of academic libraries is to support the students, staff, and faculty of the college or university that hosts them, most academic libraries offer access and services to patrons without official ties to the campus. Academic librarians often experience the tension between a professional desire to provide full access and services to all information seekers and the reality of limited time and resources. Previous studies have described services offered by academic libraries to unaffiliated patrons, but no study has focused exclusively on academic libraries whose host institutions are faith-based. This paper describes unaffiliated patron policies from Christian Library Consortium [CLC] members, which serve faith-based institutions. This paper seeks to equip libraries serving faith-based institutions to define their relationships with unaffiliated patrons by presenting a thorough review of the literature and describing the current policies and practices of CLC libraries regarding service to these patrons.
Sweeney, Julie E.
"And Our Neighbors as Ourselves? Serving Unaffiliated Patrons in Christian Library Consortium Libraries,"
The Christian Librarian: Vol. 63
, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/tcl/vol63/iss2/6