Circulation staff will check materials in and out, answer directional questions, locate items in the stacks, assist patrons with routine problems, and refer patrons to appropriate library departments.
Students, faculty, and staff may check out circulating items by presenting a valid PVAMU ID card with current barcode. Barcodes must be updated every semester. ALL students must bring a current fee receipt and their PVAMU ID card to the library in order to get a barcode.
Community residents may obtain a library courtesy card for $10/year. TexShare and HARLiC member patrons may use special ID cards obtained from their home institutions to check-out materials from the Coleman Library. All patrons are responsible for any materials checked out on their ID cards and for any fines incurred related to those materials. LOST OR STOLEN ID CARDS SHOULD BE REPORTED AT THE CIRCULATION COUNTER IMMEDIATELY.
LOAN AND OVERDUE BOOKS POLICIES
Students may check out books in general circulation (not on reserve) for three weeks. Faculty and staff may check out books for 120 days. Community users with a library courtesy card may check-out circulating materials for three weeks. Circulating books may be renewed if there are no holds or recalls. An ID card is needed for renewals and books may be renewed by telephone.
A faculty member may request recall of a book after it has been checked out if it is needed for reserve. Recall notices will be mailed to patrons who are requested to return the material immediately. Circulation privileges will be suspended for patrons who do not immediately return recalled materials. An individual who wishes to use a book that is charged out may place a "hold" on the item. S/he will be notified when the book becomes available.
The date the book is to be returned to the library, the due date, is stamped in each book. Patrons are responsible for returning all borrowed items on time whether or not an overdue notice is received. Overdue notices will be sent within fourteen (14) days of the due date, with a second notice sent after twenty-eight (28) days. Books must be returned in the book return slot at the circulation counter or the outside return on the west side of the library. The borrower is responsible for material lost due to improper returns.
Fines must be paid at the circulation counter. A fine is charged for each day an item is overdue.
The following charges will be made:
Regular circulating books -- $ .25 per day to a maximum of $60.00
Reserve Materials -- $ .02 per minute to a maximum of $50.00
Lost or unreturned books -- Replacement cost of the book plus a $15.00 processing charge.
If library materials are not returned or reported lost within 45 days of the due date, the patron's borrowing privileges are suspended. The patron's record will be blocked in the automated system, preventing any further checkouts until the situation has been remedied. No block notices are sent.
RESERVE MATERIAL POLICIES
Reserve Services are a part of circulation and are handled at the Circulation Counter. Books, journals, journal articles and other materials in frequent demand for classes are placed on Reserve by faculty members. Most reserve materials may be used only in the library for a two (2) hour period. Overnight reserve items may be checked out after 9:00PM and must be returned before 9:00AM the next day.
A valid PVAMU ID must be presented to use reserve materials. Only three (3) items may be charged from Reserve at one time. All materials borrowed from the Reserve Section must be returned to the Circulation Counter. A fine of $ .02 a minute is charged for overdue Reserve materials.
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