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Circulation and Borrowing

Borrowing

Centre College faculty, staff and students may borrow materials from The Grace Doherty Library in accordance with established circulation rules. Presentation of a valid college ID card is required to check out materials.

Community users are welcome to use the materials in the library onsite without a fee. Checkout of materials is governed by the policies for non-Centre College users.

Availability of Material

The library's online catalog displays the location, call number, and status of an item. A status of AVAILABLE indicates an item which is not currently in circulation and can be checked out. Patrons should check the shelves to see if the item is there. If not, report this to the circulation desk. Items that are checked out will give a due date.

Other Statuses and Their Meanings

Not Available Item is unavailable. (Could indicate item is missing, on hold for another patron, or too damaged for circulation.)
Checked Out Item is currently checked out (followed by due date). If the due date is old (as in not in the future) or you desperately need the book for your studies, please speak with the Circulation supervisor on duty.

 

Loan Periods

Books 3 weeks
Closed Reserve 4 hours
DVDs 3 days
Journals Noncirculating*
Kindle 2 7 days; no renewals
Laptops, laptop chargers, phone chargers 4 hours
Music CDs 7 days
Open Reserve 3 days
Reference, RefBasement Noncirculating*
* May be checked out overnight. See Circulation Supervisor.

 

Renewals, Returning Material and Replacement Fines

The number of books Centre College students, faculty and staff may check out from the Library’s own holdings is unlimited. Students and staff may renew books up to three times (per title) unless a book has been recalled for use by another patron. Faculty have unlimited renewals for books. Books in our "Browsing Collection" allow one renewal for all patrons.

Please return all checked out material in a timely manner to the Circulation Desk so that everyone can enjoy access to our resources.

Reminder emails will be sent to all patrons about overdue and long overdue material. Material not returned will result in replacement fines as indicated below. Please note that Interlibrary Loan books have a daily overdue fine.


Fines for all library users are as follows:

  • Books (3-week checkout)
    • If not returned for two months after the due date, a replacement fine of $40 is charged to account.
  • DVDs (3-day checkout) and CDs (7-day checkout)
    • If not returned for two weeks after the due date, a replacement fine of $25 is charged to account.
  • Interlibrary Loans (checkout durations vary - consult the pink cover slip on the book for due date)
    • Fines: $1.00 per book, per day
    • If material is lost, the cost of replacement plus any lending library processing fees is charged to account.
    • These fines apply to faculty, staff and students.
  • Closed Reserves (4-hour checkout)
    • If not returned for two days after due time, a flat fine of $5.00 is charged to account.
    • If material is lost or unreturned, a replacement fine of $40 is charged to account.
  • Open Reserves (3-day checkout)
    • If not returned for seven days after due time, a flat fine of $5.00 is charged to account.
    • If material is lost or unreturned, a replacement fine of $40 is charged to account.
  • Laptops, laptop chargers and phone chargers (4-hour checkout)
    • If not returned for two days after due time, a flat fine of $5.00 is charged to account.
    • If material is lost or unreturned, a replacement fine of $75 (laptop chargers), $20 (phone chargers) or $800 (laptops) is charged to account.

Community Users

Adult members of the community who are not affiliated with Centre College may use the Library's materials and facilities with restrictions. Click here to read the complete policy regarding use by community patrons.