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Circulation Policy

Eligible borrowers
Students, faculty, and staff with a valid Husson ID card or community people with a Sawyer Library card may sign materials out of the library.  Community people may apply for a library card at the Circulation Desk.

Responsibilities of borrowers
Borrowers are responsible for all books checked out on their cards.  They must keep track of the due dates for all items.  They are responsible for notifying the Library of any changes in address.

Loan periods
Students and community borrowers may check out books, government documents, and vertical file materials for 3 weeks. Faculty and staff may check out this material for 6 weeks.  All borrowers may check out media material (DVDs, CDs, videos and cassette tapes) for 1 week.  There is no limit to the number of books a patron may check out.  Remember to be considerate of fellow library patrons and check out only the books you need and return them when you are finished.  Loan periods may be extended over holiday, semester and summer breaks.  Periodicals (journals, magazines and newspapers) and reference books do not circulate.

Check out procedure
Bring items and a valid library card to the Circulation Desk where they will be checked out electronically.  The due date will be stamped on a slip in the back of the book(s).

Borrowed material may be renewed if it has not been recalled or placed on hold for another patron.  Renewals may be made in person, by phone or online.  Pick up a handout in the library for online renewal instructions.  The patron's name and/or library card number must be provided in order to renew materials.  Materials are renewed for the same period of time as the original loan.  Materials may be renewed three times before they must be returned.

Patrons may place a hold (reserve) on a book that is checked out so that when the book is returned, they will be notified and given the first opportunity to borrow the book next.  Place holds at the Circulation Desk.  Please provide the title (and copy, if appropriate) of the book.  Books that have a hold on them for another patron cannot be renewed, and must be returned immediately.

Returning books
Books should be returned to the Circulation Desk.  Vertical File material should be returned in the manila envelope that it was placed in when checked out.

Overdue books
No fine is assessed for books, government documents, or vertical file materials that are returned within two weeks of the due date

Lost books
Three weeks after the due date the Business Office will be notified to bill patrons’ accounts the price of each unreturned book, plus a $10.00 processing fee; and $10.00 for each unreturned vertical file folder.  When overdue materials are found and returned, patron accounts will be credited or money refunded.  IMPORTANT:  THE $10.00 PROCESSING FEE WILL NOT BE CREDITED OR RETURNED