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Student Borrowing Information

A current Saint Mary's College photo identification card appropriately barcoded is required. Students 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 also available to Saint Mary's College students.

Loan Periods

  • Books (undergraduates): 60 days
  • Books (graduate students): May 31, 20xx of the current academic year
  • Audio Visual: 14 days
  • Leisure Reading Collection: 30 days
  • Bound Periodicals: 3 days 
  • Reserve Books: 2 hrs. in the library
  • Unbound Periodicals and Newspapers: To be used in the library only

Note: At the end of the semester, due dates are adjusted (shortened) to correspond with finals week.

Most materials may be renewed online using "My Account" from the online catalog for another loan period unless another person has requested them.

"Courtesy Renewal Reminders" are sent to Graduate Students in April.  Students who are graduating must return library materials before Commencement.  Other materials may be renewed online using "My Account" for another loan period unless the material has been requested.

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. Interlibrary loan services are also available for Saint Mary's College students. All circulating materials, with the exception of Course Reserve materials, are subject to being recalled for use by another patron. A recall may be issued for books after they have been in circulation for a minimum of 7 days. Recalls may be placed from the online catalog through "My Account."

Course reserve materials can be searched in the course reserve catalog 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.

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

Items not returned after 28 days from the due date will be presumed lost. A lost book fee of $60.00 will be automatically assessed to your Student Account. This charge includes a $40.00 book replacement fee* and a $20.00 processing fee.

*Note: At the end of the semester due dates are adjusted (shortened) to correspond with finals week. Materials that have not been returned by the last day of finals are billed immediately as lost items.

All fees must be paid in the Student Accounts office of your home institution. Unpaid library fees may result in patron borrowing privileges being restricted and/or holds on transcripts or diplommas until the matter is resolved. If the material is returned in good condition to the Library within the year after it has been billed, the replacement fee ($40.00) will be 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".