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Borrowing / Circulation Policies

Items that can be borrowed (Valid MSU ID card required):

  • Circulation Collection
    • Books & maps available on Waterfield Library's Lower Level
    • Items are checked out at the Circulation Desk on the Main Level

  • Media Collection
    • Video tapes, audio tapes, CD's, CD-ROM's, DVD's, etc. available in the Media Room on Waterfield Library's Main Level
    • Media items are checked out at the Circulation Desk
    • Media items are checked out for 21 days to all users

  • Course Reserve materials
    • Items on reserve (hard copy)  by instructors available at the Circulation Desk
    • Items may be checked out for a limited time

  • Laptop Computers, for use in the library only

  • eReader Policies
    • eBook Reader User Agreement Form

    • eBook Readers will be housed behind the Circulation Desk.  Currently, they will be used for eBook reading and testing; eReserves will not be provided on eBook Readers.
    • MSU students, staff, and faculty may check-out eBook Readers.  They will not be available for the general public, complimentary users, or special programs.  Only one eReader may be checked out at a time.
    • eBook Readers are available for checkout and return between 7am – 4pm, Monday-Friday.
    • eBook Readers will be checked for damage at check-in BEFORE discharging.  ALL patrons will be held accountable for replacing (at cost + processing fee) lost/damaged/unreturned eBook Readers and accessories.
    • eBook Readers MUST be returned to a member of the Circulation staff between 7am-4pm, Monday-Friday.  eBook Readers should not be returned through a book drop.  Any damages resulting from return through a book drop will result in repair/replacement costs. 
    • The loan period for Kindles, nooks, and Sony’s will be 2 weeks, with no renewals. 
    • The loan period for iPads will be 7 days, with no renewals.  Reservations for eBook Readers are allowed; recall notices are not.  Overdue fines will not be charged for late returns; however, if the eBook Reader or accessories are not returned or are returned damaged, the borrower will be billed replacement and processing fees for the device/accessories, and will lose borrowing privileges until fees are paid in full. Additionally, MSU students will have a hold placed on their myGate account restricting registration and transcript requests.
    • The patron at checkout will receive a bundle including the eBook Readers and associated charging cables, protective cases, a user agreement, instructional materials or user manuals, and any other appropriate materials.
    • All eBook Readers will be de-authorized from the MSU Libraries’ accounts at check-out.  Any content added by the patron will be removed from the eBook Readers by Circulation staff when the eBook Readers is returned. 

  • iPod
    • iPods will be housed behind the Circulation Desk. Currently, they will be used for class-associated listening assignments only.
    • Faculty are encouraged to place their listening assignments on reserve with the Circulation Desk as early in the semester as possible; late additions to listening assignments may take several days to be synced into all iPods.
    • Content on the iPods must be added from a physical CD; online streaming audio options are available through the Naxos, American Song, and Jazz database playlist options. Faculty are required to leave a physical copy of the listening assignment on reserve with the Circulation Desk, in the event all iPods are checked out or new assignments are given.
    • MSU students, staff, and faculty may check-out iPods. They will not be available for the general public, complimentary users, or special programs.
    • iPods will be available for checkout at any time Waterfield Library is open.
    • The loan period will be 3 days, with no renewals. Holds are allowed; recall notices are not. Overdue fines will not be charged, but LOST status can be applied and holds put on the patrons’ accounts for unreturned devices.
    • At checkout the patron will receive a bundle including the iPod and associated charging cables, protective cases, a user agreement, instructional materials or user manuals, and any other appropriate materials. Patrons will be able to purchase earbuds from the Circulation Desk for use with the iPods.
    • All iPods will be de-authorized from the MSU Libraries’ accounts at check-out. Any content added by the patron will be removed from the iPod by Circulation staff when the iPod is returned.
    • iPods will be checked for damage at check-in BEFORE discharging. ALL patrons will be held accountable for replacing (at cost + processing fee) lost/damaged/unreturned iPods.
    • A designated location for returning iPods will be identified by the start of the Fall 2010 semester.

Circulation Limits:
Undergraduate: up to 50 books for 28 days
Graduate: up to 50 books for 60 days
Faculty/Staff: up to 100 books for 120 days
Media items circulate for 21 days. 

A valid University ID must be presented, along with the items, at the Circulation Desk located in the main floor lobby of Waterfield Library. 

Items that may not be borrowed

  • Periodicals from either Waterfield or Pogue libraries
  • Waterfield Library -- Reference Collection
  • Pogue Library -- Special Collections
  • Pogue Library -- Overby Law Library Collection

 

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