Please bear in mind that the library is currently being reorganized and re-cataloged. As such, please be sure to observe the following considerations:
- Please be sure to see Subdeacon Michael Janakis or Khouria Tammy Makoul before you take any books home. You are welcome to browse through the books and read them at St. George, but please consult us for Checkout Procedures.
- Taking books out without formally borrowing them means that the Librarian does not know where the book went, other people might lose a chance to borrow a book they want, and you may lose the chance to borrow a book you want (if everyone does the same thing). Please respect this, your brothers and sisters in Christ, and our Church Library by following the borrowing rules:
BORROWING RULES AND CHECK-OUT PROCEDURES
- Anyone is allowed to borrow books from the library, including catechumens and people from other parishes in the area. Because we have lost books in the past, visitors from outside of the Greater Pittsburgh area are not allowed to remove books from St. George Cathedral. We encourage visitors to browse our library during their visit.
- Please provide an email address and/or phone number to the Librarian, such that the Librarian can contact you if the book is overdue. This is especially important for extra-parish borrowers. It is our joy and duty to share Orthodoxy with you, but we want to share it with many! Please make sure we can have our books back.
- To check out a book, please see Subdeacon Michael Janakis or Khouria Tammy Makoul. Until the Electronic Circulation System is finished, you will fill out your name and the date on the WHITE and SALMON cards in the pocket of the book you wish to borrow (the pocket is usually located in the back cover of the book). The Librarian will then write the due date on both cards.
- Keep the SALMON card with the book. This is your little reminder of the due date. Give the WHITE card to the Librarian. This is our record.
- Borrowing periods are ONE (1) MONTH at a time, with unlimited renewals, except in the event of a hold. If another patron has placed a request for a hold on a book, you will not be able to renew the book. The patron who placed the hold will be able to check out the book once the original borrower's one month borrowing period has expired and the book has been returned.
- At the moment, there are no fines for overdue books. In the event that your book becomes overdue, please let the Librarian or Khouria Tammy Makoul know, and return it to the Library as soon as possible. Minor fines may be implemented in the future in the event that missing books become a problem. Fines will be used for library upkeep and collection development.
- Please do not return books without letting the Librarian know. Do not place books back on the shelves and consider it returned; it may end up listed as missing and you will be responsible.
- Please feel free to bring any and all questions to the Subdeacon Michael Janakis or Khouria Tammy. Glory to Jesus Christ!