Cameron University Library Circulation Policy

Phone: (580) 581-2956
E-mail: Library_Circulation@cameron.edu


The library's circulation policies try to ensure that each patron may borrow needed materials for a time period long enough in duration to accomplish reading, research and analysis needs yet short enough in duration to ensure that materials are readily available to others who may seek them.
 
Identification
A Cameron University picture identification card, or a current alumni or courtesy card is required to borrow books and place requests. Use of the ID indicates agreement to observe library policies.
 

Materials That Circulate

  • Circulating materials held at the circulation desk 
  • Circulating materials shelved on the second floor 
  • Curriculum materials
  • Phi Delta Kappa materials
  • Designated reserves
  • Interlibrary loan materials not designated library use only
  • Maps
  • DVDs & VHS
  • CDs
  • Laptops
  • E-Readers
  • Headphones
  • Vision Booster Magnifiers

Materials That Do Not Circulate

  • Reference materials*
  • Serials, newspapers, magazines*
  • Archive and special collections materials
  • Interlibrary loan materials designated Library Use Only
  • Microfilm and microfiche

* Librarians may make exceptions. Exceptions require completion and patron signature of check-out cards.
 
Loan Periods and Limits

Presented below are circulation limits and periods by patron type. Under certain circumstances, librarians and full-time library circulation staff members make exceptions to these limits.

Status Loan Period Checkout Limits* Reserve/Textbooks** Videos/Music CDs (limit 5)***
Faculty 180 Days 50 items 4 items 30 days
Adjunct Faculty End of current semester 25 items 4 items 14 days
Staff/Graduate 60 days 25 items 4 items 14 days
Undergraduate 30 days 15 items 4 items 14 days
Alumni Association Member 30 days 10 items 0 14 days
Courtesy Card**** 20 days 5 items 0 14 days

* The limit on circulating materials limits all together all formats.

** For the loan periods and limits for textbooks, please refer to Textbook Reserve Collection Policy.

***The loan periods and limits for Faculty who use videos for instructional purpose can be adjusted to their needs.  The music CDs in the Fine Arts Lab have different loan periods and limits.

**** An OK-Share Card holder must also have a CU Courtesy Card to check out circulating materials.

Electronic Devices/Accessories Loan Periods and Limits

A student who is not currently enrolled, but who has a school-related need for library service access may acquire this access upon presentation of a letter from a faculty member addressed to the Access Services Librarian. The letter should describe the former student's library-related needs.

Device/Accessory Checkout Time Limits Fines
Laptops 4 hours

Library Use Only.

Faculty, staff and students only.

For each two hours overdue will be blocked for one day.
iPad 3 days Faculty, staff and students only; must wait 24 hrs to renew $5.00 per day and for each day overdue will be blocked for one day
Kindles 14 days Faculty, staff, and students only For each day overdue will be blocked for one day.
Headphones 4 hours Library Use Only. N/A
Vison Booster Magnifier 4 hours Library Use Only. N/A

Book Return

Materials may be returned to the circulation counter or to the outside book drop. Textbooks and reserved items MUST be returned to the circulation counter to ensure timely check- in in order to avoid possible fines.

Fine Rates
ItemRate
Reserve Items,
Textbooks
Two hours overdue will be blocked for one day.  Fines start at $25. Details refer to Check-It-Out Books
Interlibrary Loan Items An item that is five days overdue carries a $5.00 fine.  An item that is beyond five days overdue carries a $5.00 fine plus a fifty-cent-per-day fine. 

Replacement Costs

Item Cost
Regular Circulating Books Minimum replacement cost is $65 plus $10 processing fee for each item.
Juvenile Books Replacement cost is the original price plus $10 processing fee for each item.
Textbooks Replacement cost is the original price plus $25 processing fee for each item.
AudioVisual Materials Replacement cost is the original price plus $10 processing fee for each item.
Electronic Devices Replacement cost is the original price plus $25 processing fee for each item.

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

Privileges are automatically suspended when a borrower

  • fails to return an overdue item;
  • fails to pay for replacement of a lost item;
  • has accrued fines or fees over $25.

Item Holds

A patron may request that a circulating item on loan be held upon its return.  Upon the item's return, library staff members will notify the requesting patron of its availability.  Staff members will hold the item for three days.

Maximum number of outstanding holds the patron can have is 5 items. If a patron has more than this number of outstanding holds, he is prevented from placing any additional holds.

A patron may request that a circulating item be held at the circulation desk when he/she is temporarily not able to check it out. The item will be held for three days. 

Item Recall
 
The library may recall an item if another patron places a hold on the item or the item is needed for a Course Reserve.

  • All materials are subject to recall except videos, which may be recalled only when a video is needed for a Course Reserve.
  • Students, Faculty, and Staff members all have recall privileges. This service is not available to Courtesy Card or OK-Share Card holders.
  • Recalls may be placed at the Circulation Desk or through the C.U. Library online catalog.
  • The holder of a recalled item will receive a notification email with a new due date. This person may keep the recalled item for 10 days (videos are exceptions) before it is returned to the library OR keep it till the original due date, whichever comes first. Recalled material cannot be renewed.
  • Materials required for the Course Reserve are subject to immediate recall.
  • A library patron who fails to return a recalled book by its new due date may have his or her library privileges suspended. 
  • Patrons are notified by email when their recalled items have arrived. A recalled item is held at the Circulation Desk for 3 days before it goes to the next borrower or before it is re-shelved.

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