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Borrowing (Faculty / Staff)

The overall Circulation policies for the MSU Libraries follow below. 

Locating materials -- Murray State University faculty are welcome to contact their subject librarians at any time for assistance in locating materials in the library.  Materials can be pulled from the collection and held at theCirculation Desk for your pick-up later.

Reference/Periodicals -- Ask your subject librarian about the option to borrow reference materials and periodicals for brief periods.  Some Reference items may be checked out to faculty only, with the permission of a reference librarian, usually for one week’s period.  Single issues of a periodical may, with permission, be checked out overnight to faculty only. 

Ask your subject librarian for assistance with any of the above.

Circulation Policies

Items that can be borrowed (Valid MSU ID card required):

  • Circulation Collection
    • Books & maps available on Waterfield Library's Lower Level
    • Items are checked out at the Circulation Desk on the Main Level

  • Media Collection
    • Video tapes, audio tapes, CD's, CD-ROM's, DVD's, etc. available in the Media Room on Waterfield Library's Main Level
    • Media items are checked out at the Circulation Desk
    • Media items are checked out for 21 days to all users

  • Course Reserve materials
    • Items on reserve (hard copy)  by instructors available at the Circulation Desk
    • Items may be checked out for a limited time

  • Laptop Computers, for use in the library only

  • eReader Policies
    • eBook Reader User Agreement Form

    • eBook Readers will be housed behind the Circulation Desk.  Currently, they will be used for eBook reading and testing; eReserves will not be provided on eBook Readers.
    • MSU students, staff, and faculty may check-out eBook Readers.  They will not be available for the general public, complimentary users, or special programs.  Only one eReader may be checked out at a time.
    • eBook Readers are available for checkout and return between 7am – 4pm, Monday-Friday.
    • eBook Readers will be checked for damage at check-in BEFORE discharging.  ALL patrons will be held accountable for replacing (at cost + processing fee) lost/damaged/unreturned eBook Readers and accessories.
    • eBook Readers MUST be returned to a member of the Circulation staff between 7am-4pm, Monday-Friday.  eBook Readers should not be returned through a book drop.  Any damages resulting from return through a book drop will result in repair/replacement costs. 
    • The loan period for Kindles, nooks, and Sony’s will be 2 weeks, with no renewals. 
    • The loan period for iPads will be 7 days, with no renewals.  Reservations for eBook Readers are allowed; recall notices are not.  Overdue fines will not be charged for late returns; however, if the eBook Reader or accessories are not returned or are returned damaged, the borrower will be billed replacement and processing fees for the device/accessories, and will lose borrowing privileges until fees are paid in full. Additionally, MSU students will have a hold placed on their myGate account restricting registration and transcript requests.
    • The patron at checkout will receive a bundle including the eBook Readers and associated charging cables, protective cases, a user agreement, instructional materials or user manuals, and any other appropriate materials.
    • All eBook Readers will be de-authorized from the MSU Libraries’ accounts at check-out.  Any content added by the patron will be removed from the eBook Readers by Circulation staff when the eBook Readers is returned. 

  • iPod
    • iPods will be housed behind the Circulation Desk. Currently, they will be used for class-associated listening assignments only.
    • Faculty are encouraged to place their listening assignments on reserve with the Circulation Desk as early in the semester as possible; late additions to listening assignments may take several days to be synced into all iPods.
    • Content on the iPods must be added from a physical CD; online streaming audio options are available through the Naxos, American Song, and Jazz database playlist options. Faculty are required to leave a physical copy of the listening assignment on reserve with the Circulation Desk, in the event all iPods are checked out or new assignments are given.
    • MSU students, staff, and faculty may check-out iPods. They will not be available for the general public, complimentary users, or special programs.
    • iPods will be available for checkout at any time Waterfield Library is open.
    • The loan period will be 3 days, with no renewals. Holds are allowed; recall notices are not. Overdue fines will not be charged, but LOST status can be applied and holds put on the patrons’ accounts for unreturned devices.
    • At checkout the patron will receive a bundle including the iPod and associated charging cables, protective cases, a user agreement, instructional materials or user manuals, and any other appropriate materials. Patrons will be able to purchase earbuds from the Circulation Desk for use with the iPods.
    • All iPods will be de-authorized from the MSU Libraries’ accounts at check-out. Any content added by the patron will be removed from the iPod by Circulation staff when the iPod is returned.
    • iPods will be checked for damage at check-in BEFORE discharging. ALL patrons will be held accountable for replacing (at cost + processing fee) lost/damaged/unreturned iPods.
    • A designated location for returning iPods will be identified by the start of the Fall 2010 semester.

Circulation Limits:
Undergraduate: up to 50 books for 28 days
Graduate: up to 50 books for 60 days
Faculty/Staff: up to 100 books for 120 days  (see information on Reference/Periodicals above)
Media items circulate for 21 days. 

A valid University ID must be presented, along with the items, at the Circulation Desk located in the main floor lobby of Waterfield Library.  This includes reference materials, with permission of a librarian. 

 

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