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7:30am - 11:00pm

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General Circulation Policies



Lending Policies
| Fines & Other Charges
Renewals | Recalls and Holds | Returning Materials


Lending Policies


  • Eligible Borrowers
    NOTE: IDs must be presented in person by the ID holder to charge library materials
    • Patrons with current active Southeastern IDs
    • Patrons with current active Sims Memorial Library IDs

    Southeastern Professors may authorize student employees to checkout Library materials to the professor's account only if the student presents a signed letter on university letterhead stating the full names of both parties and the length of time the student is authorized to charge materials to the professor's account. Both the student's and the faculty member's Southeastern IDs must be presented at time of checkout. Faculty will be responsible for all items checked out on their account by student employees.

  • Loan Periods & Lending Limits by Patron Classification

    • Books and Most Scores

      Classification Period Limit
      Undergraduates 3 weeks 20 items
      Graduates 4 weeks 40 items
      Doctoral 6 months unlimited items
      Faculty & Staff 1 academic year ending last
      day of Spring semester  
      unlimited items

      Alumni, Community Borrowers,
      Retired Faculty, 
      Faculty & Staff Families             

      3 weeks 10 items

      Dual Enrollment

      3 weeks 10 items
      LALINC Patrons 3 weeks 10 items


    • Media Materials

    • Government Documents

  • Loan Policies for Library Materials

    Material/Location Lending Period
    Books and Most Music Scores
    4th floor stacks
    Regular lending period per patron classification
    Restricted Music Scores
    4th floor stacks
    3 days to all patrons
    Browsing Books
    1st floor
    Regular lending period per patron classification
    Bestsellers
    1st floor
    3 weeks to all patrons
    Reference Room
    1st floor
    Primarily DO NOT circulate;
    Some restricted lending with permission of the Reference Librarian
    Serials
    2nd floor
    Primarily DO NOT circulate;
    Some restricted lending with permission of the Serials Librarian
    Media
    2nd floor
    See policies on Media web page
    Government Documents
    4th floor
    See policies on Government Documents web page
    Reserves
    1st floor
    See policies on Reserve web page

    NOTE: Loans during inter-sessions allowed only if the patron is registered for the succeeding semester

  • Renewal Policies
    • Twice ONLINE if renewed before the due date
    • Unlimited in-house, but items & Southeastern ID have to be presented in person for renewal
    • Items may be renewed unless another patron has placed a "Recall" or "Hold" on the item

  • Reasons for Blocked IDs
    • Undergraduates & Graduates
      1. 2 or more OVERDUE items
      2. FINES of $50 or more
      3. MAXIMUM number of CHECKOUTS reached
      4. Not returning a RECALLED item
      5. Privilege EXPIRED

    • Faculty & Staff
      1. 4 or more OVERDUE items
      2. FINES of $100 or more
      3. MAXIMUM number of CHECKOUTS reached
      4. Not returning a RECALLED item
      5. Privilege EXPIRED

    • All Other Patron Types
      1. 1 or more OVERDUE items
      2. FINES of $5 or more
      3. MAXIMUM number of CHECKOUTS reached
      4. Not returning a RECALLED item
      5. Privilege EXPIRED


Fines and Other charges


  • Patron Classifications Who Are Charged Fines
    • Students
    • Alumni
    • Faculty & Staff families
    • Community Borrowers
    • LALINC patrons

  • Overdue Items--under 60 days overdue
    • 25 cents per day, per item--Maximum $15

  • Overdue Items--overdue 60 days or longer & not returned
    • $15 OVERDUE fine +
    • Current REPLACEMENT cost of book +
    • $20 PROCESSING fee

  • Overdue Items--returned undamaged after being overdue 60 days or longer
    • $15 OVERDUE fine +
    • $10 PROCESSING fee

  • Reserve Materials


Holds and Recalls


  • HOLDS may be placed on items currently checked out by another patron so that the requestor may obtain the item upon its return
  • RECALLS may be placed on items that are overdue, have been renewed, or have been checked out by faculty/staff for 28 days or more
  • Patrons receiving RECALL NOTICES should return the items within 7 days
  • Patrons placing HOLDS and RECALLS will be notified when the item is returned


Returning Materials


The general circulating collection materials must be returned to the Circulation Desk bookdrop or the outside bookdrop to be properly discharged. Reserve material should be returned to the Reserve Desk staff or the outside bookdrop when the library is closed. If materials are not returned to the bookdrops or the Reserve Desk staff, the borrower will be responsible for all overdue fees accrued until the item is properly returned and discharged.

Media materials should be returned to the department where they were checked out. Media materials should not be returned to the bookdrop.