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Circulation Guide: for Students

Help and Information

General Contact Info

Quick Contacts:

  • Head of Access Services: 
  • Interlibrary Loan Info:  
  • Course Reserve Info:  


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Borrowing Items

Check out items

Use your student ID to check out:

  • Books
  • Media
  • Study Rooms

Valid IDs include those with stickers for current term from Westfield State University or one of the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield (CLGS) including: American International College, Bay Path College, Elms College, HCC, Springfield City Library, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College, & Western New England University. 

Loan periods 

Item Loan Period Borrow up to Renewals
Books (Stacks, ERC) 

28 days

Unlimited 3
Popular (Reading, DVDs) 28 days Unlimited 1

28 days

Unlimited 3

Study Rooms

2 hours 2 hours per day 0

Course Reserves

To close (In-library only) 1 0

Ask at Circulation

7 days 1 0

Some items can only be used in the library, including chargers, reference materials, print periodicals, microfilm, and course reserves. 

Renew your items

You can renew library items 3 times, as long as someone has not placed a hold or recall on it.

Login to your account to renew Ely Library items, or stop by the Circulation Desk. We do not allow renewals over the phone. 

You can renew interlibrary loan materials if allowed by the lending library. Contact Suzanne Tiranno before the item due date. 

Place a hold

You can use the "Place Hold" button in the library catalog to request an item be held for you at the Circulation Desk. You'll have 7 days to pick up your item. 

If you need an item that is checked out, you can use the "Place Hold" button to have the item recalled. We will email you when it is ready to be picked up. 

Overdue & lost items

Overdue & lost items

We do not charge overdue fines for Ely Library items, but we encourage you to renew or return materials in a timely manner. 

We charge $.25 per day for overdue interlibrary loan materials. 

Lost items

If you've misplaced an item, please let us know as soon as possible so we can discuss your options.

We will automatically mark an item as lost if it is more than 28 days overdue. 

We typically charge the cost to replace an item plus a $15.00 nonrefundable processing fee. The replacement fee will be waived if the item is returned.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to borrow items if you owe fees to the library. 

Pay your fees

We do not collect money in the library. 

All library charges will be placed on your banner account and can be paid through Student Accounts

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