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Library Services for Students: Borrowing & Returning

Library resources and services for the SUA students

Borrowing & Returning

The library loan policies define the privileges and responsibilities of library users. The purpose of the outlined policies is to maximize the use of the library collection for the SUA community.

  • A valid SUA identification card is required to check out library materials. Library accounts are automatically established for all enrolled students and current SUA employees with an active SUA ID.
  • To borrow circulating items, patrons can use a self-check machine. It features interactive touch screen monitor. The Circulation Desk is always staffed during the operation hours.
  • Library return bins are only for returning books. Media, Interlibrary Loan, and Reserve items must be returned directly to the Circulation Desk. No library items are due on university holidays.

Placing a Hold/Requesting a Recall

  • A hold can be placed on a title that is checked out by another patron. To do this online, click the “Request” link on top of the specific title record. The library staff will receive the online hold requests on the following day. A hold request also may be made at the Circulation Desk.
  • If the requested item has been checked out for longer than the guaranteed minimum loan period, the item will be recalled. The recalled item should be returned within 4 days.
  • Once the item is returned and ready for check out, it will be held at the Circulation Desk. After 3 days it will be shelved back on the stacks for others to use.

FAQ: Borrowing & Returning

Can you just tell me who has the book? 

Library staff follow strict privacy guidelines. We do not give out any information about our borrowers.

How many library items can I check out?

There is no limit to how many items you can check out. Please consider that you must return everything on time to avoid overdue fines.

What if I want an item that someone else has checked out?

A hold can be placed on a title that is checked out by another patron. To do this online, click the “Request” link on top of the specific title record in the library catalog. A hold request also may be made by contacting the library or in person at the Circulation Desk. Once the item is returned and ready for check out, you will receive an email notification. The item will be held at the Circulation Desk for 3 days, and after that, it will be shelved back on the stacks for others to use.

Where do I return books when the library is closed?

They can be returned from outside to a return box, located between the library front entrance and 24-hour room entrance.

Circulation Statistics

Number of books borrowed/accessed by SUA students and employees

Number of DVD/VHS borrowed or Streaming Videos accessed by SUA students and employees

Number of Music CDs borrowed or Streaming Albums accessed by SUA students and employees