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This page is a directory of NSU Libraries' circulation services and policies.

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 and Renewals

Lending Periods and Renewals- NSU Patrons
  Undergraduate Graduate Faculty/Staff
Item Type Lending Period Renewals Lending Period Renewals Lending Period Renewals
Circulating Print 3 weeks 2 1 Semester 1 1 Semester 1
Audiovisual 7 days 2 3 Weeks 1 3 Weeks 1
Laptops 7 days  1 7 days 1 N/A N/A
Interlibrary Loan Varies 3 Max Varies 3 Max Varies 3 Max
Lending Periods and Renewals- Non-NSU Patrons
  Public Patrons Non-NSU Academic  
Item Type Lending Period Renewals Lending Period Renewals
Circulating Print 3 Weeks 2 3 Weeks 2  
Audiovisual 7 Days 2 7 Days 2
Laptops N/A N/A N/A N/A  
Interlibrary Loan N/A N/A N/A N/A


NSU Libraries assesses fees for long overdue items and assumed lost items. Items are considered long overdue following a set period past the item due date. Long Overdue periods are assigned according to item format and patron account type. Patrons will be charged a $25.00 processing fee for each Long Overdue item. 

Overdue items are assumed lost if they remain overdue for set periods longer than the long overdue period. Assumed lost periods are also assigned according to item format and patron account type. Patrons will be charged the full replacement cost of each Assumed Lost item.

Long Overdue and Assumed Lost Periods
Item Format Patron Type Long Overdue Period Assumed Lost Period
Circulating Print Items NSU Undergraduate, Non-NSU 30 days 90 days
NSU Graduate, Staff, Faculty 30 days 1 semester
Audiovisual Items NSU Undergraduate, Non-NSU 14 days 30 days
NSU Graduate, Staff, Faculty 1 month 60 days
1, 2, 3-Hour Reserve All  3 days 3 days
1, 2, 3-Day Reserve All 3 days 3 days
7-Day Reserve All 7 days 7 days
14-Day Reserve All  14 days 14 days
Permanent All 3 days 3 days

Item Limits

Patron Type Total Items Physical ILL Items (Cumulative with Total Items) Digital ILL Items
Undergraduate 15 10  No Limit
Graduate 50 25 No Limit
Staff/Faculty 50 25 No Limit
Public 5 (3 DVD max) N/A N/A
Non-NSU Academic 10 N/A N/A

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)