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Faculty & Staff Borrowing Policies

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Please use your OCID when checking out materials. 

  • Partners of college employees have the same privileges as the employee. The college provides spouses with a Family Member picture ID
  • Children aged 14-17 of college employees may get a special library card giving them courtesy borrowing privileges at the library. Children aged 18 or older must use their Oberlin Public Library card for this privilege.

Loan Periods & Fines

Loan periods and fines vary by the format of the material and the current demand for the item. In general, the following rules apply:

Type of material Loan period Fine rate
Books, Scores & Government Publications
  Regular due at the end of the academic year not fined unless recalled
  Recreational Reading (McNaughton books) 3 weeks $0.50/day
  Faculty Publications 3 weeks $0.50/day
  Seminar (Conservatory) 3 days not fined unless recalled
  Reserve varies, ask at check-out $2.00/hour or portion thereof
Bound periodicals
  Art Library library use only n/a
  Conservatory Library 3 days $1.00/day
  Main Library 7 days
$1.00/day
  Science Library 1 day $1.00/day
Unbound periodicals
  Art Library library use only n/a
  Conservatory Library 1 day n/a
  Main Library 1 day $5.00
  Science Library 1 day $1.00/day
Microforms library use only n/a
Sound Recordings conservatory faculty: length of semester not fined unless recalled
  other employees and partners: 7 days not fined unless recalled
Videos/DVDs    
  Art Library circulating: 7 days
non-circulating: library use only
not fined unless recalled
n/a
  

Conservatory Library

conservatory faculty: length of semester

other employees and partners: 7 days

not fined unless recalled
  Main and Science Libraries

 
7 days

not fined unless recalled

Reserve varies, ask at check-out n/a
Laptop computers and accessories varies, ask at check-out $5.00/item/hour or portion thereof
iPads 3 days $10.00/item/day
OhioLINK

Search Ohio books
6 weeks

3 weeks
$0.50/day; billed after 30 days overdue
OhioLINK/SearchOhio media materials 1 week $0.50/day; billed after 30 days overdue

Automatic Renewals

The library balances the need of some staff for long-term use of library materials against our need to review periodically the condition of library materials and encourage their return for use by others. Faculty and staff receive one automatic renewal for any annual loan materials that are not needed by other users. After that, materials must be returned or brought into the library for renewal. Staff will be billed for the replacement and processing costs of materials more than three months overdue. Renewal policies for shorter term loan items vary.

Last updated:
July 24, 2015