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Circulation Policies

Circulation Procedures

Checking Out: The patron takes the book he or she wishes to check out to the circulation desk. There he or she must present his or her FSU Card to the librarian on duty. The librarian completes the transaction for the materials desired.

Renewals: Unless a book has already been requested by another person, a borrower may renew a book for a second three-week checkout period. To do this the Library materials must be brought to the Circulation Desk. No telephone renewals will be made.

Checking In: Library materials must be returned to the book drop at the circulation desk on or before the due date. Since the book drop is inside the Library, books may only be returned during Library hours.

Reference books, periodicals and audiovisual materials are for library use only. Instructors should see the librarian for materials and equipment to be used in classroom sessions.

Overdue Materials

If library items are overdue, a hold will be put on the student's records in administration and will not be lifted until the item is returned and restitution is made. Circulation privileges will also be suspended until the item is paid for or replaced. If the item is lost or stolen or irreparably damaged, the student will be responsible for the full purchase value of a replacement.

Loan Periods

Hardbound and paperback books:

            Students: Three (3) weeks
            Staff: Six (6) weeks
            Faculty: Full semester

Reserve Materials

Print Reserve Materials

Very Strict Reserve (library use only) - A book on this reserve classification is to be used in the library only and may be kept for two hours at a time. (Ex. text books, college information materials, Panama Collection materials).

Strict Reserve (overnight checkout) -

A strict reserve book cannot be taken from the library until six minutes before closing time, and must be returned by 10:30 a.m. (or within sixty minutes after the library has been opened) on the next day the library is open.

Electronic Reserve Materials

Journal articles and book chapters on reserve in electronic form are available from a course's Blackboard site. The "E-Reserves" link at the bottom of the left-hand sidebar on the course Blackboard site provides access to the reserve items. Electronic Course Reserve Materials may be accessed online from any web connection. For more information on ERes please contact the Reserves desk at

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