Cole Library

Mount Vernon's Public Library


Circulation Policies

The library’s circulation policy is grounded in its dual responsibility to provide access to material for the population it serves and to act as stewards of the resources the library holds. To that end, the library seeks to arrive at a circulation policy that meets these two goals, attempting to meet the needs of the individual reader and the College’s library community. Meeting such a goal requires that we ensure that our users have the materials they need when they need them and that our community has access to the broad range of resources.

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Circulation Periods and Notes

 

Material Loan Period for Students, Staff, and Public Borrowers Notes
  • Academic books
  • Curriculum materials
  • Government publications
  • Musical scores
4 weeks These materials may be renewed unless there is a hold or recall on the item.
  • Browsing Room books
  • Audio books
  • CDs
  • Children’s materials (except
    videocassettes & DVDs)
4 weeks These materials may be renewed unless there is a hold or recall on the item.
  • Videocassettes
  • DVDs
  • Browsing Room Periodicals
1 week These materials may be renewed unless there is a hold or recall on the item.

 

Reserve items may be borrowed only by students, for a period of three hours. Reserve materials may be checked out overnight within one hour of the library closing.  The materials will be due within one hour of the library’s next opening.

Notices

Notices are sent via e-mail unless otherwise requested.

Overdue notices: The library will send three overdue notices once an item’s due date has passed. If materials are not returned or renewed thirty days after the due date, we consider the material lost. This status results in a replacement fee.

Recall notice. All library users may recall material that is currently checked out to another user.  Because of academic needs of students and faculty, it is critical that those recalled materials be returned to the library as quickly as possible, at least by the due date.  Fines are assessed at the rate of $1.00 per day after the due date to users (including faculty members) who don’t return recalled materials by that date.  Please contact the Circulation Department if you are unable to meet that due date because of travel or other obligations.

In the case of materials checked out for the academic year and subsequently recalled by another library user, once the faculty borrower has had the material for four weeks (i.e., the circulation period for non-faculty borrowers), recalled material is due back in the library within two days.  Please contact the Circulation Department if that is not possible.

Failure to respond may result in suspension of further borrowing privileges.

Fines for Public Borrowers.  The standard fine for overdue materials is $.50 per day. Children’s materials accrue overdue fines at $.10 per day. The fine rate for recalled items is $1.00 per day after the due date.  Maximum fine per item is $15.00.  A patron’s account is blocked when fines exceed $10.00.

Replacement Fees.  The library considers an item lost after three overdue notices have been sent. At this point, the borrower will be assessed two fees: a processing fee and a replacement charge. The processing fee ($10) covers the cost of generating notices, postage, searching for the item, and other related activities. If an item is returned within two months after the fee has been paid, a refund will be generated. However, the processing fee will apply because the library has expended these efforts already. The replacement cost is based on the following schedule:

Academic books

$50

Browsing Room books

$20

Children’s books

$15

Videocassettes & DVDs

$25

Audio books

$30

CDs & LPs

$15

Browsing Room periodicals

$10

The replacement cost does not cover the costs to the library for cataloging and processing the replacement item. As a result, replacing lost items takes away from our overall buying power.

Questions. If you have questions about a specific item, please call our Circulation Desk at 895-4271.