Faculty members interested in having the Library obtain particular titles should send a request to the Library, signed by the Department Chair. Within budget constraints, we will try to obtain the requested title.


The circulation period for a non-reserve adult book is three weeks, a juvenile book and tablets can be borrowed for a week, and DVDs can be lent out for three days. During vacation periods, when the library is closed, the due date is adjusted as necessary. Material is never due on a day that the library is closed. Reserve materials have different circulation periods and generally can be used within the Library for two hours. Reference materials and journals cannot be checked out.


Patrons are allowed two renewals for most items. The exceptions are that tablets can only be renewed once, and materials on hold for other patrons cannot be renewed. Items may be renewed by telephone (610-902-8538).

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eligible borrowers

In addition to affiliates of Cabrini College, students of Eastern University, Valley Forge Military College and the SEPCHE colleges and universities are welcome to borrow materials upon presentation of a valid institution ID.

Students from TCLC-member institutions may borrow up to three items with a letter of introduction from their home Library.

Local residents of Radnor and Tredyffrin Townships ages 18 years and older may borrow up to three items with proof of residency.

Alumni of Cabrini College must present proof of alumni status and a driver's license or similar identification. Alumni are limited to regularly circulating materials and may borrow up to three items.


If material which is charged out is needed, a hold can be placed on the item.  Patrons will be notified when items become available and will have one week to pick up the material.

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overdue fines

Regularly circulating overdue books accrue fines at the rate of ten cents per day. Reserve material, iPads, and laptops are fined ten dollars for every day they are late. DVDs, other audio-visual materials, and Newbery and Caldecott books are fined one dollar for every day they are late. Materials do not accrue fines on days when the library is closed.

lost items

Borrowers will be charged the cost of replacement, i.e., the price of the item plus a $25.00 cataloging/processing fee for materials that are lost or damaged. If the material is no longer in print and the Library is unable to replace it, a flat fee of $50.00 will be charged to cover the cost of comparable replacement materials, plus the $25.00 cataloging/processing fee.


Holy Spirit Library is governed by Pennsylvania Act 1984-90, Section 428 Library Circulation Records, which states, "Records related to the circulation of library materials which contain the names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of ... the library of any university, college, or educational institution chartered by the Commonwealth ... shall be confidential and shall not be made available to anyone except by a court order in a criminal proceeding."

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Holy Spirit Library adheres to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


Holy Spirit welcomes donations of books and other library materials from patrons and community members. Please consider the following guidelines before making a donation:

  • Donated items will be reviewed and when appropriate will be added to the library’s collection, sold at our ongoing book sale, or donated to a book charity.
  • Items that are musty or otherwise unusable are not suitable for donation and will be discarded if received as a donation.
  • The library will provide a letter of recognition to document the donation if you would like. In order to process this request the donation MUST be accompanied by Holy Spirit Library’s donation form.

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