Library

Information for Students

Office Library Hours
Monday-Friday……………………….. 9:00 AM – 15:00 PM (CEST)
Saturday-Sunday……………………… Closed

Reference and Research Assistance
Please use the contact form if you have any questions.
Email address: library@tcmi.edu
Phone: +4322588727137

Checkout Times and Limits
Students who come for a session can check out materials or use them in the Library until the end of the respective session. This lending period can be extended if students ‘stay over’ for the next session, limited to a total of 20 items at a time.
Students starting their thesis may request certain materials related to their topic be designated as ‘thesis textbooks’ and may borrow these for six months (182 days).

Returning Books and Media
Physical materials should be returned to the Return Shelf in the library lounge (near the librarian’s office).

Interlibrary Loan
The Library provides Interlibrary Loan through an agreement with the Academic Libraries of Independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. If you find an article you need but cannot get the full text from the index, contact us by filling out the contact form or sending an email to library@tcmi.edu.

Copyright
Copyright: “the exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video, etc.: works granted such right by law on or after January 1, 1978, are protected for the lifetime of the author or creator and for a period of 50 years after his or her death” (Source: Dictionary.com).

Intellectual property: “property that results from original creative thought, as patents, copyright material, and trademarks” (Source: Dictionary.com).

Copyright provides the exclusive right to authors to control the use of their work (reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute, perform and display the work publicly) and its benefits. A copyright can be sold or given to someone else, who becomes the owner of the copyright. There is an exception to the copyright law: fair use.

Fair use: “the conditions under which you can use material that is copyrighted by someone else without paying royalties” (Source: Dictionary.com). Fair use allows the use of portions of copyrighted material without permission from the owner for purposes such as criticism, parody, news reporting, research and scholarship, and teaching. To determine whether a use of particular work is fair use, consider the following four factors:

  • the purpose and character of your use
  • the nature of the copyrighted work
  • the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation of the copyrighted work
  • the effect of the use upon the potential market

There is a common misconception that any and all copyrighted material that is used for educational purposes of any kind falls under fair use. Our recommendations would be to avoid scanning, redistributing, sharing, or posting full-text publications without permission. Please find more information about copyright law to understand the potential consequences of misuse of someone’s intellectual property and copyrighted material.

For More Information
Copyright Clearance Center: Copyright.com
For licensing and permission
CCUMC: Copyright Matters
From Consortium of College & University Media Centers
ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use
From Association of Research Libraries
US Copyright Office: Fair Use
Understanding fair use
Checklist, Columbia University Libraries
Determine whether your intended use might be considered fair use