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Circulation Policy
To check items out from the library, bring them to the desk along with your card. A library employee will check them out to you. In order to check out items, your account must not have more than $1 in fines and fees.
Most items circulate for a period of two weeks, with a one-week grace period, and may be renewed up to three times provided there is not a hold (reserve) on the item. However, certain items have special rules, covered below.
Overdue Items
Fines are not charged for items that are returned or renewed within the grace period, but once the grace has expired fines are charged for every day that the library was open from the due date to the date that the item was returned or renewed. (Items returned in the book drop overnight count as having come back the previous evening, even if they come back after midnight. Once we open in the morning, however, the next day starts.)
Videos, whether DVD or Blu-Ray, as well as videogames and equipment (i.e., the telescope) circulate for one week, except for new releases, which go out for just three days. There is no grace period on these items. Please return your movies on time so that someone else can have a chance to check them out. Videos can be renewed one time, if no one has placed a hold on them. (New releases almost always have a hold, however, so don't count on being able to renew them.) You may have up to 5 videos checked out at a time; up to two of them may be new releases. (A single case with a single library barcode on it counts as one item, even if the case contains more than one disc.)
Interlibrary Loans
Items that are on loan from another library usually can not be renewed. Please return interlibrary loan books on time so that they can be shipped back to the lending library. You definitely cannot renew them online using our web catalog, because there is another library involved. In some cases the staff may be able to renew them for you, but this is not guaranteed, as it depends on the other library's policies, transit time, and other factors.
Audio Materials
Audio books circulate just like regular books.
There is a limit of five Music CDs that you may have checked out at any given time, but they check out for two weeks with a one-week grace period and may be renewed up to three times, like books.
There is a limit of ten magazine back-issues that you may have checked out at any given time, but they go out for two weeks with a one-week grace period and may be renewed up to three times, like books.
Non-Circulating Items
The following items may not be checked out, but may be used within the library: reference books (including those kept on the atlas stand and behind the desk), newspapers, the most recent issue of each magazine, microfilm, most equipment (e.g., computers, furniture, microfilm reader, etc.), and some of the local history items in the Ohio Room. The telescope may be checked out for seven days.
If you need to renew your items, you may do it in person at the desk, by phone, or using the web catalog. (To renew using the web catalog you will need your library card number and password to log in.) Most materials may be renewed up to three times, videos just once. Also, if someone else has placed a hold request on an item, you will not be able to renew it, because someone is waiting for it.
Placing a Hold (Reserve)
If something you want is unavailable because someone else has it checked out, you can place a hold on the item, and we'll save it for you and contact you when your turn comes up. Holds may be placed at the desk, by phone, or on the web catalog. (To place holds on the web catalog you will need your library card number and password.)
We Don't Have It?
If the library does not have a specific book that you want to read, there are two ways we may be able to get it for you from another library. This is usually the fastest way for us to get a book for you if we don't have a copy, unless the book is rare or was published less than six months ago. Non-book items are sometimes available as well. Caveat: most of the libraries in the group we get our loans from are public libraries; there are few or no academic libraries in the group, so we tend to have difficulty obtaining items of a highly academic nature.
If there is a new book (recently published) that you want to check out, and we don't have it, you should ask a library employee to see whether we have it on order, and if not to write up a purchase request. This usually takes longer than interlibrary loan, except for popular new items (published in the last few months).