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Approved: January 5, 2009
Monitor: Vice President for Academic Affairs
The University Library shall provide books and materials to all members of the University Community according to the following circulation policies.
The Circulation Policies Committee of the Library shall be used in establishing and revising policies. Circulation of books and materials shall be the responsibility of the various units within the library. Exceptions to these policies may be authorized by the unit head or the Dean of Library Services.
The following user groups shall have access to library books and materials in the priority listed. Priority within groups has not been established.
Loan periods are subject to the review of the Circulation Policy Committee, the Dean of the Library, and the Library Advisory Board. The current loan periods are posted on Booth Library's website.2 Copies are also available in Booth Library.
All materials except Reserve materials may be renewed. The Library shall retain the option to recall books and materials at any time.
For Reserve material, the loan period varies according to the specifications of the instructor placing the material on reserve. Regular choices are as follows:
There is a limit of two reserve items per person. Faculty members may not check out materials placed on reserve by another instructor for longer than the normal reserve loan period without the permission of the instructor originally placing the item on reserve. If these conditions are met, the maximum loan period is one week.
Overdue, fine, and fee amounts are subject to the review of the Circulation Policy Committee, the Dean of the Library, and the Library Advisory Board. Different material types accrue fines at different rates. The current fines and fees are posted on Booth Library's website.2 Copies are available in Booth Library.
Undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, local patrons, and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) patrons will be assessed fines and fees for overdue library materials. Faculty will not be assessed fines and fees for overdue library materials.
Circulation Services sends overdue notices for all library materials. The library may contact patrons about overdue notices as needed. It is the borrower's responsibility to return items on time without depending on overdue notices.
All library fines and lost book charges are reported by Circulation Services to the University Business Office, where the charges are entered into the University's billing system. Patrons must pay library debts to the Cashier in Old Main.
The Library reserves the right to suspend library privileges to patrons who do not respond to fees and charges promptly. Students' university records may be placed on hold until materials have been returned or charges paid.
The Library assumes responsibility for library books and materials claimed returned only if the borrower presents a return receipt.
Reserve items, equipment, and special collection items must be returned to the desk from which they were checked out. Other materials can be returned to the desk to any circulation desk.
Students must present their valid University identification card to check out library materials. A current driver's license or a photo State identification card can be substituted for the University identification card.
Students checking out materials to a faculty identification number must have a valid University identification card and the faculty member's University identification card, and current proxy patron form on file.
Each patron is responsible for all materials checked out against his or her identification card unless the card has been reported lost. Individuals who lose their identification card must report the loss to the Circulation Desk immediately to avoid illegal use of the card. The Library is not responsible for any materials which may be illegally checked out until the card is reported stolen or lost.
LSC Approval: December 11, 2007
LAB Approval: October 17, 2007
1I-Share is the Online Catalog shared by some members of CARLI-The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois