Student Checkout Policies

NOTE: All material in circulation is subject to immediate recall if needed for Course Reserves.

Circulating Books and Government Documents
  • Books circulate for 21 days for undergraduates and 42 days for graduates, except at the end of the quarter when a final due date may be established.

  • Any book may be renewed unless it has been recalled. There is a limit of two online renewals. Additional renewals must be requested in person.

  • Books may be recalled beginning 21 days after the original circulation date if requested by another patron.

  • A search for books not found in the stacks may be initiated at the Circulation Desk. Please submit a printout of the summary screen on OSCAR.

  • A patron may place a hold on a book that is in use if other copies are not available. The requesting patron is notified when the item is available. The book will be held for one week at the Circulation Desk.

  • Books have one bonus day to be returned. Once fines are assessed, they begin from the due date. Fines are 50 cents per day for 4 days, and thereafter $1 per day, to a maximum of $15 per item.

  • Unpaid fines and charges for books not returned to the Library are periodically sent to the Student Accounts Office with a processing fee of $15 per item and additional non-refundable billing charges.

Course Reserves
  • When a faculty member wants a group or class to have access to short-term, high use material, it is placed on Reserve.

  • Reserve material may be checked out for 2 hours, overnight, or for 1 day, 3 day, or 7 day periods, as determined by the faculty member.

  • Fines for Reserve items are $5 for the first hour overdue, or any portion thereof. Fines increase by $1 per hour to a maximum of $25 per item. Reserve materials that circulate for 1, 3, or 7 days have daily fine rates.

Independent Study/Thesis Preparation Privileges
  • With the approval of a faculty member, books may be checked out to a student for an extended loan period of a maximum 90 days.

  • Books may be recalled if needed by another user.

  • Extended loans do not apply to course reserves, or to books borrowed through interlibrary loan.

  • The application for Independent Study/Thesis Preparation Privileges can be found online (PDF).
  • Undergraduate Students may only use periodicals inside the library.

  • Bound periodicals can be checked out to graduate students for 3 days.
  • Students may not check microforms out of the Library.

  • Most government documents in microformat may be checked out. They circulate for the standard loan period to undergraduates and graduates and are subject to the same restrictions as books.

  • Reference Books - Reference books are for library use only and may not leave the Library building.

  • Sheet maps - Sheet maps that are listed in OSCAR circulate for 21 days and may be renewed if not needed by another user. Sheet maps that are not listed in OSCAR may circulate for 7 days at the Information Commons Desk.

Special Collections
  • Archives & Special Collections materials do not circulate, but may be requested and viewed in the Norman F. Martin Reading Room.

  • Patrons wishing to page materials may visit the Archives & Special Collections Reference Desk, on the 3rd floor of the Learning Commons, Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.