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Circulation Policy

Library Cards

The E-card issued to all members of the Eastern Community serves as a library card for the purpose of borrowing materials. A Courtesy library card can be issued on request to alumni, area clergy, and members of Friends of the Library.  In the wider community, those who are 18 or older and not otherwise associated with Eastern or a cooperating institution can obtain borrowing privileges by joining Friends of the Library. A valid E-card or Courtesy card must be presented in order to borrow materials.

Alumni Privileges

Alumni may borrow books and use any of our databases while on campus. Alumni do not have access to our subscription databases off campus unless otherwise noted on our A to Z Database List. Alumni also may not use the Interlibrary Loan tools.

Circulation Periods

Materials may be borrowed from the collection for differing periods, depending on the material and the patron’s status.

BOOKS

Undergraduate, Graduate Students 4 weeks, limit of 50 books, 1 renewal
Certificate program/Nonmatriculating students 4 weeks, limit of 10 books, 1 renewal
Curriculum Lab Books (All borrowers) 28 days, limit of 20 books, 1 renewal
Faculty 90 days, unlimited number of books, 1 renewal
Staff 4 weeks, limit of 10 books, 1 renewal
Alumni 4 weeks, limit of 10 books, 1 renewal
Outside (Friends, Cooperating institutions) 4 weeks, limit of 10 books, no renewals

MEDIA

Audiobooks      4 weeks, limit of 3 total media items, 1 renewal
CDs 1 week, limit of 3 total media items, no renewals
DVDs 1 week, limit of 3 total media items, no renewals
  • Patrons may check out 3 non-book media of each type (3 DVDs, 3 CDs, etc.).
  • Media are available to current students, staff, and faculty only --  no outside borrowers.
  • Media are not available for interlibrary loan--either lending or borrowing.

RESERVE MATERIALS

  • Materials must stay in the library
  • Available to students and faculty only.

Laptops & Equipment

  • Laptops: 3 hours, limit of 1, no renewals/overnights
  • Equipment (laptop cases and chargers, headphones, flash drives, iPhone chargers): 3 hours, no renewals/overnights
Patron Fines for Overdue Materials

Books: $0.25 per day, including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Maximum fines reach $20.00 per item.

Media: $0.25 per day, including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Maximum fines reach $20.00 per item.

Reserves: $0.50 per hour, including hours the Library is closed. Maximum fine reserve items is $20.00 per item.

EZ Borrow: $2.00 per day, including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Maximum fine of $80.00 per item payable to Eastern University.

If a library fine is not paid by the end of the semester, fines will be charged against the student's regular school bill. Overdue notices are sent as soon as material is overdue; failure to receive the notice does not excuse the borrower from responsibility. Overdue materials will eventually be considered lost and full replacement costs will be charged to the patron's account (see below).

Lost or Damaged Items

For lost and heavily damaged items, the Library will charge patrons as follows:

Hardback book $60.00
Paperback book $30.00
DVD/VHS Materials $30.00
CD (Music or Audiobook) $25.00
Interlibrary Loan Books / EZ Borrow $125.00
Laptops $500.00
Case for laptop $40.00
Charger laptop $40.00
Headphones $25.00
Flash drive $10.00
iPhone charger $10.00

Damage to books includes liquid and food spills, torn pages, and chewed or mangled covers. Damage to media includes items returned in unplayable condition or with missing disks. Damage to equipment includes items returned in nonfunctioning condition or with missing/damaged parts or accessories. Charges that are accrued as a result of loss or damage of books, media, and equipment will be sent to Student Accounts and may prevent students from registering for classes, obtaining diploma/transcript(s), and/or graduating until paid in full.

Library House Rules

Food and beverages are allowed in the library. Please keep beverages covered with a lid and clean up after eating. Please place all trash in trash bins located throughout the library.

Please mute your cellphones when working in the library. If you need to take a call, please step outside the library.

Make sure all library debts are paid for before graduation. If not, receipt of your diploma may be delayed.

Patrons should be considerate of others who are using the Library.

All Eastern Affiliated Institutions
Borrower Responsibilities

The borrower is responsible for the books borrowed. Do not lend borrowed items to another person. Items that are not returned or are returned damaged (this includes underlining, highlighting, etc.) are the responsibility of the borrower. If a book is already damaged when you are checking it out, please bring it to the attention of the circulation attendant.

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