General Library Policies

The Graduate Theological Union (GTU) is committed to providing safe facilities and a well-maintained collection for our community of scholars and researchers.  The Conduct Policy enumerates the standards of behavior expected of our patrons to sustain an open and accessible academic environment.

Theft in the library... an unfortunate reality.  Please help us take every precaution to ensure the security of your personal belongings: purses, wallets, backpacks, books, portable computers and other electronic devices.

Sleeping in the Library increases the potential for theft of personal items.  For this reason, Library staff will discourage patrons from sleeping.

Help us keep your belongings secure

Here are a few simple steps you can take:

  • Never leave your personal belongings out of your sight.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and any unusual activity.
  • Your most valuable items should be marked with your name and driver's license number or other identifying information.
  • Study with a friend or try to study in an area where other students are located


Library Technology and Internet Use Policy


Steps we take to ensure your safety

Here at the GTU Library, your safety is our concern. 

  • At student orientation each year, we review library safety.
  • Library staff conduct regular walk-throughs of the building.
  • Library staff and circulation assistants have ongoing training in safety and security procedures.


Police Phone Numbers

Berkeley Police Department:
Emergencies only:
   911 or 510-981-5911 from cell phone

The Library will not under any circumstances take responsibility for theft, damage or loss of property.


Food & Drink policies

  • Food is not allowed in the library. Please enjoy all food outside on our patio. 
  • Drinks are only allowed in covered sealable containers, such as in a travel mug or water bottle. Containers such as open ceramic mugs, glasses, cans, and disposable paper coffee cups are not allowed.