Borrowing Policies

Rules to Remember

  • Library users MUST have and show a valid NSU ID card to check out materials.
  • Report a lost ID card to the library immediately. If you fail to report the loss, you will be responsible for items checked out on your card.
  • Questions on any of the policies below? Contact us for answers!

 

Borrowing and Fees

You must have a valid NSU ID or active K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library card and be over 18 years old to borrow materials from Williams Library.

Undergraduates

  • For NSU items:
    • You will be charged the replacement cost along with a non-refundable service fee when an item is 28 days overdue, for each item overdue.
  • For returnable interlibrary loan items:
    • Due dates vary
    • Overdue fines are $1 per day

Graduate Students, Adjunct Faculty, and University Staff

  • For NSU items:
    • You will be charged the replacement cost along with a non-refundable service fee when an item is 28 days overdue, for each item overdue.
  • For returnable interlibrary loan items:
    • Due dates vary
    • Overdue fines are $1 per day

Faculty

  •  For NSU items:
    • You will be charged the replacement cost along with a non-refundable service fee when an item is 28 days overdue, for each item overdue.
  • For returnable interlibrary loan items:
    • Due dates vary
    • Overdue fines are $1 per day

NSU Guests and External Borrowers (those using a library card not issued by NSU)

  • For NSU items:
    • Two-week checkout
    • Loan limit of 20 items
    • You will be charged the replacement cost along with a non-refundable service fee when an item is 28 days overdue, for each item overdue.
  • Interlibrary loan service is not available for NSU guests or external borrowers.

The following items may not leave the library:

  • Archives materials
  • Microforms
  • Individual issues of magazines, journals, or newspapers
  • Reference books

 

Reserves

Reserve items held behind the Circulation Desk are usually intended for use by students in a specific class/section.

  • A valid NSU ID is required to use these items.
  • Items are not to leave the library, unless specified by the professor.
  • Fines: You will be charged the replacement cost along with a non-refundable service fee when an item is one day overdue, for each item overdue.

Remember: You MUST have a valid NSU ID card with you to check out reserve items.

 

Holds

  • Ask at the Circulation Desk to be placed on a waiting list for items currently checked out by another patron. Hold requests may also be placed online via the library catalog.
  • You will receive a notice when the item becomes available.
  • Items on hold may be picked up at the Circulation Desk.

 

Recalled Items

  • If you receive a recall notice, it means the item you are using has been requested by another patron.
  • Recalled items are due on the date indicated on the recall notice.
  • Recalled items are not eligible for renewal.

 

Renewals

Most items may be renewed as often as needed, up to 180 days. Exceptions include:

  • Overdue items
  • Items which another patron has requested (placed a hold on)
  • Reserve items

For NSU items:

  • Renewals can be done over the phone. Call 626-2645.
  • Renewals can be done online in the library catalog. Log into your account with your NSU email address and password.

For returnable interlibrary loan items:

  • Renewals are dependent upon the lending library’s policy.
  • To renew an interlibrary loan, contact a NSU librarian to request a renewal.

 

Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary loan is the process by which materials are borrowed on your behalf from another library. Learn more and find forms at interlibrary loan.

  • Request items online via the library catalog.
  • Only NSU students, staff and faculty are allowed to request interlibrary loan materials.
  • Allow one to four weeks for delivery.
  • Journal articles/photocopies are sent via email (rarely via campus/USPS mail).
  • Pick up/check out items at the Circulation Desk.
  • Renewals are depended upon the lending library’s policy. Check with a NSU librarian to request a renewal.
  • Overdue fines are $1 per day.