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Library Policies

Here are the "Rules of the road" for the RSU Library staff and patrons.

Checkout periods

Books: 21 days (3 weeks)

Audiovisual Materials (CD, DVD, Blu-Ray etc.): 7 days (1 week)

Games & Related Items: 7 days (1 week) 

Overdue and Lost Items

Fines and Bills

Unless otherwise specified, we do not charge fines for overdue library materials, but we do bill library patrons for replacement costs plus a restocking fee if an item is not returned within 28 days of its due date.

Materials should be checked in within a timely manner on or before the day they are due to be returned. Reserve materials should be immediately checked in after in-house use. Items in the indoor book return bin will be checked daily by student workers. The outdoor book drop is emptied early each day. This lessens the possibility of patrons being sent overdue notices unnecessarily.

Notice Schedule:

7 days overdue: First notice.

14 days overdue: Second notice. Patron is warned that an enrollment hold will be placed on his or her account if the item(s) are not returned.

21 days overdue: Third overdue and Hold notice. Patron is notified that a hold has been placed on their enrollment account, which will prevent them from enrolling for classes or getting grades or transcripts until the book is returned. 

28 days overdue: The item’s status is changed to Assumed Lost, and an invoice is sent to the student and to the Bursar’s office, for the replacement cost of the item(s) plus a restocking fee. A student can resolve this invoice by returning the item(s) (the preferred method), or, if the materials are lost, by paying the invoice. If a lost item is paid for at the Bursar’s office, the bursar contacts the Library immediately to let us know the item has been paid for, at which time the enrollment hold will be removed and noted that the bill has been paid. If a student returns an item for which s/he has been billed, the library will remove all holds and notify the bursar that the item has been returned and the bill can be marked as paid. The Library and Bursar’s Office each run and exchange weekly reports listing returned items and paid invoices, which are used to ensure all holds are removed promptly and bills are marked as paid. Books returned via the book drop are taken care of by this weekly routine. If a student returns a long overdue or lost book in person, the item will be checked in, the enrollment hold removed as soon as possible in Jenzabar.  The Library will be informed of the item and the library user so we can contact the Bursar’s Office.

For the replacement cost of overdue, non-returned items, see the Library Director. Questions regarding overdue items or enrollment holds should be directed to the Library Director.

Reserve Collection

The reserve collection is kept on shelving behind the circulation desk. These materials have been placed on reserve by instructors for the use of their students for a particular course. They are to be checked out for 2 hours and are to be used in the library. However, all faculty members may check out any reserve materials and take them out of the building, subject to recall if needed.