Access/Computer Use/Circulation Policies

Access Privileges Library Computer Use
Borrowing Privileges OK Share (borrowing from other local libraries)
Loan Periods Book Returns
Renewal Policy Fines and other charges

Access Privileges

The primary mission of the NSU Broken Arrow Library is to fulfill the research needs of the students, faculty, and staff of Northeastern State University and affiliated Oklahoma educational institutions. The secondary mission of the NSU Broken Arrow Library is to provide research support  for members of the local community. As such, the NSU Broken Arrow library facility is open and accessible to not only members of the NSU Community, but also members of the local community who are undertaking serious research. Minors (under age 18) who wish to use the library must be accompanied and directly supervised by a responsible adult unless prior arrangements have been made. All library patrons using the library agree to the following rules and restrictions. Failure to follow library rules and restrictions may result in immediate suspension of  library access privileges.

Borrowing Privileges

 Circulating items may be checked out by NSU students, faculty, and staff who present a valid NSU or other photo ID. Students, faculty and staff at other Oklahoma Universities which participate in the OK Share lending program may borrow up to 5 circulating items upon presentation of a current OK Share Card from their home institution. In special circumstances where similar library materials are not available through a local public library, nonaffiliated patrons who reside in the Broken Arrow/ Tulsa area may apply for a Special Borrower card which will allow for limited circulation privileges.

Library Material Loan Periods

Collection/Type of Material Patron Type Loan Period
Main Collection Materials: Undergraduate Students:  3 weeks
Graduate Students: Set date per semester
Faculty/Staff: End of semester
Special Borrower: 2 weeks
Reference Materials Faculty Only By arrangement only with librarian. (Usually overnight)
Periodicals (magazines and journals) Faculty Only By arrangement only with a librarian.
Audio Visual Materials: (CDs ,videos, tapes, etc) All patrons 1 week
Reserve Materials All patrons (period varies depending upon faculty member requirements)
2 hours (in library use only)
Overnight (24 hours)
3 day (72 hours)
7 day
Interlibrary Loan Materials (materials ordered from other than NSU libraries)- No current textbooks will be requested. The library reserves the right to limit ILL requests and to pass ILL expenses on to patrons.
NSU Faculty and Students
Books (varies depending on lending library)
Photocopies of Articles (no need to return copies)


Renewal Policy

Library materials may be renewed provided they are not recalled, on hold, invoiced, or reserve items. Items must be physically returned after the maximum number of renewals. Students may renew 5 times; Special borrowers 2 times and Faculty & Staff 2 semesters. Phone renewals are possible if the item is not extensively overdue. Please call 918-449-6459 for renewal of library materials.
RESERVE ITEMS MAY NOT BE RENEWED. For iItems acquired through Interlibrary Loan, renewals are at the discretion of the lending institution. Renewal requests for Interlibrary Loan materials should be requested one week in advance of original due date.


Book Returns

Book returns are located at the Circulation desks within the NSU Broken Arrow library, one on each floor.   Please return all materials directly to a Circulation desk to make sure that items are checked in off your account in a timely fashion to avoid late fees.


Fines and other charges

Fines are assessed on all overdue materials.  Reserve items will be assessed a fine of .25 cents per hour for every hour that an item is overdue. Patrons who fail to return materials after the initial fine period, will be charged for full replacement costs of the materials, along with processing charges, billing charges, and the original fine. Combined, these charges can be substantial, so please be sure to return library materials when they are due. Patrons who abuse borrowing privileges may have their borrowing privileges restricted or revoked entirely until their account is cleared. All patron library charges are filed with the Bursar's office, and may result in a "hold" being placed on their account until cleared. Interlibrary Loan charges may be passed on to the patron with prior notification given before material is requested.

OK Share

OK-Share is a cooperative agreement between the major academic libraries within the state of Oklahoma that allows access and limited circulation privileges at participating institutions for the students, faculty and staff of Northeastern State University. Click HERE for more information regarding OK Share

Library Rules and Restrictions

No firearms.
Minors (under age 18) who wish to use the library must be accompanied and directly supervised by a responsible adult.
No tobacco products.
No loitering.
No excessively loud or disruptive conversations or activities which disrupt other patrons.
No food or drinks around any computers.
Follow all NSU Computer Use Policy and Oklahoma State Laws regarding public display of sexually explicit materials.
Do not inordinately use excessive quantities of materials such as printer paper and supplies.
All patrons downloading, printing, or copying materials must carefully follow all copyright laws.

Library Computer Use

The NSU Broken Arrow Library maintains a number of computer workstations along with related hardware and software for patron use.  Priority is given to NSU students working on library research projects. Minors (under age 18) who wish to use a computer must be accompanied and directly supervised by a responsible adult. Library classroom workstations may be used at any time the library is open and no classes are scheduled in that room.  All workstations require patrons to log-in with their own personal pre-assigned NSU usernames and passwords. All patrons using library computers must carefully follow the NSU Broken Arrow Library's  Rules and Restrictions  and NSU's Computer Use Policy , and follow NSU's Computing and Telecommunications  document on Campus Computing Ethics listed below.


The University has established a code of ethics for all campus computing
activities to define ethical, responsible use and ensure the integrity of the
microcomputing, central computing systems, peripherals, data and software (see
Acceptable Use Policy for NSUnet and Internet Form at the NSU's Computer Use link).

The user is responsible for complying with all federal, state, and local regulations
concerning the privacy and confidentiality of information such as the "Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974", popularly known as the Buckley

Information on this particular amendment can be found in the NSU  John Vaughan Library
Reference area, first floor. Data custodians of NSU systems (payroll, student
information, housing, etc.) may inform you of other regulations.


A computer user-account is issued to a single person, to be used only by that
person. Exceptions must be agreed upon in advance and must be approved in
writing by the Director of Computing and Telecommunications.

Upon receiving a user-account, the user assumes responsibility for preventing
misuse of the computing resources, including reasonable precautions for
password and file protection.

Access to a file in another user-account does not imply permission to use or copy
any data or files controlled and/or maintained by another user without specific

Users may not transmit, display, print or make available in any manner, material
which is offensive, annoying or harassing. Users may not intentionally damage
system hardware, firmware or software, destroy or maliciously alter, any data or
file which belongs to another user or the university.


Central computing resources may not be used for analysis, computation,
programming or processing related to any project which is not official university


The University reserves all rights to monitor computing activity in any manner,
and may control computing as necessary to maintain the integrity of the data and
systems. The University is not responsible for loss of data or disruption of
computing services regardless of cause.

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Last Updated: July 23, 2014