Borrowing Policies


Basic rules to remember

  • Library users MUST show a valid ID card to check out materials.
  • Report a lost ID 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 & Fees

You must possess a valid NSU ID or active Aberdeen Public Library card and be over 18 to borrow materials from Williams Library.

Undergraduates

For NSU items:  

You will be charged a replacement cost for the item along with a service fee when the item is 28 days overdue. 

 
Returnable Interlibrary Loans: Due dates vary
Fines: $1 per day
 
Graduate Students, Adjunct Faculty and University Staff

For NSU items:  

You will be charged a replacement cost for the item along with a service fee when the item is 28 days overdue. 

 
Returnable Interlibrary Loans: Due dates vary
Fines: $1 per day
 
Faculty

For NSU items:  

You will be charged a replacement cost for the item along with a service fee when the item is 28 days overdue.

Returnable Interlibrary Loans: Due dates vary
Fines: $1 per day
 
NSU Guests/External Borrowers  (those using a library card not issued by NSU)
Books, videos, CDs,audio-visual materials, and sheet music: Two week checkout, loan limit of ten (10) items

 

For NSU items, you will be charged a replacement cost for the item along with a service fee when the item is 28 days overdue.

The following items may not leave the library:

  • Archives material
  • Microforms
  • Individual issues of magazines, journals, and newspapers
  • Reference books
Reserves
Items held behind the Circulation Desk are usually intended for use by students in a specific class or section.
  • An NSU ID is required to use these items
  • Items are not to leave the library, unless specified by the professor
Fines: $2/day (billed cost of the item at seven days)
Remember - you must have your 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 items become 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.

Renewals

  • Overdue items cannot be renewed.
  • Books may be renewed twice.
  • Books which another patron has requested (placed a hold on) cannot be renewed.
  • Renewals can be done over the phone - call 626-2645.
  • Renewals can be done online in the library catalog. Log in with your email address and password.

 

Interlibrary Loans
Interlibrary loan is the process by which materials are borrowed on your behalf from another library. Learn more and find forms on the Interlibrary Loan Page.
  • Request items online via the library catalog
  • NSU students, staff and faculty only - allow 1-4 weeks for delivery
  • Journal articles and photocopies are sent via email (rarely via campus/USPS)
  • Pick up/check out books and other returnable items at the Circulation Desk
  • Delivery service for faculty & staff
  • Renewals depend upon the lending library's policy
  • Fines: $1/day