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Circulation Guide: for Alumni

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Alumni Borrowing Rules

Borrowing Privileges

In order to check out items, Alumni must submit a request to obtain an Alumni Library Card. This must be done in-person during regular business hours Monday-Friday 8am-5pm or by special appointment with the Head of Access Services. Alumni must provide photo identification, and cards are valid for one year from the date they are issued. Alumni status will be confirmed by library staff through the Alumni Office.

What May be borrowed: Items from the main Circulating Collection.

What May Not be borrowed from the Library: Periodicals, Reference materials, popular fiction, and Educational Resource Center items may not be checked out. However, these items may be used in the building. Items on Reserve are not available for checkout.

Number of Items: borrowers are limited to seven items borrowed at any one time.

Loan Period: Materials may generally be borrowed for four weeks. Items may only be renewed in person.

Recall of Materials: All borrowed materials are subject to immediate recall. If an item you have borrowed is recalled, you are responsible for bringing it back to the Library immediately.

Holds: Alumni borrowers may not place holds on items.

Interlibrary Loans: Alumni are not eligible to use Ely Library’s Interlibrary Loan services and should refer to their public library.

Overdue And Lost Materials: Lost materials will be billed at replacement cost plus a $25.00 processing fee. Fines for overdue materials are $.25 per day per item up to a $10.00 maximum per item. Any item more than 60 days overdue will be considered lost. Additional materials may not be borrowed until outstanding fines and lost materials fees have been paid.

Changes to this policy: The Library’s core mission is to serve the curricular and research needs of the students, faculty, and staff of the University. In order to ensure access to materials and services for this purpose, the Library Director, in consultation with the librarians, may change fine levels, limits on numbers of items borrowed, loan periods, and the availability of collections described in this policy at any time.

Alumni Library Privileges

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