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Staff Borrowing Information

A current Saint Mary's College photo identification card appropriately barcoded is required. College Staff may borrow books from any of the libraries in the PALNI (Private Academic Library Network of Indiana) Consortium by requesting those books through the online catalog. Interlibrary loan services are available for Saint Mary's College faculty and staff.Loan Periods:

  • Books: 60 days 
  • Audio Visual: 14 days 
  • Leisure Reading Collection: 30 days
  • Bound Periodicals: 3 days
  • Reserve Books: 2 hrs. in the library
  • Unbound Periodicals and Newspapers: May be used in the library

Most materials may be renewed online using "My Account" for another loan period unless another person has requested them. Overdue reminders are sent primarily via e-mail.
The online catalog is available for searching for materials. Please inquire at the circulation desk 284-5278 if the material you require is not on the shelf. All circulating materials, with the exception of course reserve materials, are subject to being recalled for use by another patron if they have been in circulation a certain length of time. A recall may be issued for books after they have been in circulation for a minimum of 7 days.
Course reserve materials are can be searched by instructor name, course name/number and title. Printed lists of course reserve materials, organized by instructors' names and course numbers are also available in notebooks at the circulation desk. Course reserve materials must be used in the library only.

It is your responsibility to return library materials on time. Library materials that are not returned or renewed by the due date are subject to overdue notices and, ultimately, bills. Overdue reminders will be sent primarily via e-mail. Bills are sent primarily via snail-mail. Failure to receive overdue reminders does not exempt you from the due date.

Items not returned after 30 days from the due date will be presumed lost. A lost book fee of $60.00 will be automatically assessed. This charge includes a $40.00 book replacement fee* and a $20.00 processing fee.

A detailed bill will be sent to Staff member with the expectation that prompt payment will be made for the replacement of lost materials. Checks should be made to "Saint Mary's College" and sent to the library director for processing. Unpaid library charges may result in patron borrowing privileges being restricted until the matter is resolved. Patrons with material found and returned to the Library within in one year after it has been billed will have the replacement fee refunded.
Questions about this policy should be directed to the Collection Management Supervisor.


* Fees based upon data from "The Bowker Annual: Library and Book Trade Almanac"