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User Services : Checking Out Library Items

Welcome to the Houston Cole Library's User Services Page

General Information

  Who is allowed to check out Library items?

Please see our Circulation Policy for more information.

  How do I check out Library items?

Items should be brought to the Circulation Desk in the Lobby for checkout. A valid JSU ID or picture ID is required to check out the items.

  May I have someone else check out Library items in my name or by using my identification card?

No. Each person with borrowing privileges must check out items using their own identification card.

  Will the Library pull or reserve items for me?

No. The Library does not offer this service.

Student Information

  How many Library items can I have out at one time?

Undergraduate students may borrow a maximum of twenty-five (25) items at a time.

Graduate students may borrow a maximum of fifty (50) items at a time.

  How long can Library items be checked out?

Undergraduate students may check out items for two weeks (14 days).

Graduate students may check out items for one month (28 days).

Both undergraduate and graduate students may check out musical CDs and audiocassettes from the Listening Lab for one week.

  What Library items cannot be checked out?

Library policy is that reference and periodical items do not circulate.

items housed in the Alabama Gallery do not circulate.

  May I check out items if I am not currently attending classes?

No. Only students currently attending classes are eligible for check out privileges.

  The item I need is checked out. What can I do?

A Hold may be placed on the item. Holds are traditional requests in which a patron is added to a waiting list for an item currently charged to another patron. A Hold request will notify the patron via e-mail upon the item’s return. Hold requests can be done through JaxCat. Patrons who have an item checked-out which has a Hold placed on it will be unable to renew the item.

  Can my Library privileges be blocked?

Borrowing privileges will be blocked when your Library fines and fees reach $50.00.

Faculty and Staff Information

  How many Library items can I have out at one time?

Faculty and staff may borrow a maximum of 999 items at a time.

  How long can Library items be checked out?

Items borrowed by members of the faculty and administrative staff (vice-presidents, deans, and directors) must be renewed yearly at the end of the Spring Semester. Items borrowed by part-time faculty will be due at the end of each semester.

Items checked out by members of the University staff have a 28-day check-out period in which time they may be returned or renewed. Staff may check out musical CDs and audiocassettes from the Listening Lab for one week.

  May I check out reference items or periodicals?

In "exceptional circumstances," faculty and administrative staff may be granted a twenty-four (24) hour loan of reference books or periodicals to show a class or to make copies in a University departmental office. Permission to circulate these materials rests with the Public Services librarian for that area, or in their absence, with the Head of Public Services. On evenings or weekends, the librarian on duty may approve such loans. These loans will be charged through the circulation system to ensure tracking of these items.

  May someone else check out Library items in my name or by using my JSU ID?

Faculty, administrative staff, and staff members may send a designated person with written instructions and with their identification card to check out a specific item for the employee.

  The item I need is checked out. What can I do?

A Hold may be placed on the item. Holds are traditional requests in which a patron is added to a waiting list for an item currently charged to another patron. A Hold request will notify the patron via e-mail upon the item’s return. Hold requests can be done through JaxCat. Patrons who have an item checked-out which has a Hold placed on it will be unable to renew the item. Currently enrolled students have first priority in the Hold system.

  Can my Library privileges be blocked?

Borrowing privileges will be blocked when your Library fines and fees reach $100.00.