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Circulation

Circulation Policy

This policy applies to the circulation of library materials for all NSU community members (students, faculty, and staff) and public patrons.

Checkout Procedures

NSU Community Members:

  • When patrons are ready to check out circulating books, CDs, and videos, they should bring the items along with their NSU ID cards to the circulation desk.

Public Patrons:

  • Public patrons unaffiliated with NSU are required to complete a Patron Lending Card application prior to checking out circulating books, CDs, and videos. They should present that card at the circulation desk when checking out items.

Lending Periods

NSU Undergraduate Students:

  • Students may check out most circulating items for a period of 3 weeks and may renew those items for 2 more lending periods provided there is not a hold placed on the item(s).

Material Type: Lending Period
Most circulating materials: 3 weeks + 2 Renewals
Audio-Visual: 7 days + 2 Renewals
Laptop Computers: 7 days
ILL Items: Designated on Item
Reserve Items: Designated at Checkout 

NSU Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students: 

  • Faculty and staff may check out circulating items for a period of one semester and may renew those items once more, for a total of two semesters maximum.

Material Type: Lending Period
Most circulating materials: 1 Semester + 1 Renewal
Audio-Visual: 3 Weeks + 1 Renewal
Laptop Computers: Faculty: N/A and Grad. Students: 7 Days
ILL Items: Designated on Item
Reserve Items: Designated at Checkout

Public Patrons:

  • Public patrons may check out circulating items for a period of 3 weeks for books, 7 days for DVDs and other circulating items such as audio CDs.
Material Type: Lending Period
Most circulating materials: 3 weeks + 2 Renewals
Audio-Visual: 7 days + 2 Renewal
    

Non-NSU Academic Patrons:

  • Non-NSU Academic patrons may check out circulating items for a period of 3 weeks for books, 7 days for DVDs and other circulating items such as audio CDs.

Material Type: Lending Period
Most circulating materials: 3 weeks + 2 Renewals
Audio-Visual: 7 days + 2 Renewals
Laptop Computers: N/A
Reserve Items: Designated at Checkout

Fees

All NSU Community Members and Public Patrons:

  • Once an item is 30 days past due, a $25.00 processing fee and item replacement cost are applied to the patron’s account. *
    *Fees are applied earlier for reserve items, audio-visual items, and laptops depending on the original lending period.
  • If the item is returned within 90 days, the replacement fee is waived but the patron is still responsible for the $25.00 processing fee. 
  • If the item is returned after 90 days, the replacement fee is not waived and the patron is responsible for that and the $25.00 processing fee.
  • Once fees are assessed, the patron’s borrowing privileges are suspended until all items are returned and/or fees paid.

Item Limits

NSU Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Patron Type: Checked-Out Item Limit
Undergraduate Students: 15
Graduate Students: 50
Faculty/Staff: 50 
Public Patrons: 5 (3 DVDs)
Non-NSU Academic: 10

Condition of Returned Items

  • Items must be returned in the same condition they were in at the time of check out. Patrons returning items with any kind of damage, such as water damage, underlining/writing in books, broken spines, inoperable DVDs or CDs, etc. will be charged a replacement fee.

Interlibrary Loan

  • Patrons can request and receive materials from other libraries when they are unavailable through the NSU collection.
  • NSU can also obtain almost any article patrons cannot find through our databases. 
  • Note: NSU Libraries do not furnish textbooks and required course materials via Interlibrary Loan. 
  • Lending periods for physical Interlibrary Loan items are set by the lending library.
  • Patrons who lose or damage Interlibrary Loan materials are assessed a processing fee of $25.00 and a replacement cost set by the ending Library. 
  • Once fees are assessed, the patron’s borrowing privileges are suspended until all items are returned and/or fees paid.

Other Questions

  • Questions about the Circulation policy or other circulation issues may be addressed to:
    • Head of Access Services (918-444-3246)
  • Questions about Interlibrary Loan policy or other Interlibrary Loan issues may be addressed to: 
    • Resource Sharing Coordinator (918-449-6450)