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Policies

Circulation Policy

The purpose of the Circulation Policy is to state the rules and guidelines regarding the use and borrowing of materials from the OSUIT Library. Circulation guidelines and loan periods are intended to help make materials and services available to as many Library users as possible.

Students

Loan Policy

  • It is preferred that students have a current ID to check out library materials
  • The current loan period for books, media and periodicals is two weeks. Reference material, material on reserve, and newspapers may not be checked out at any time, unless permission is given by the Library Director
  • A patron is limited to a maximum of ten (10) items at any one time
  • Renewals are allowed, but no renewals on HOLD materials
  • If needed material is checked out, a student can place a hold on that item. The Library will contact the student once that material has been returned

 

Overdue Fines

  • Overdue fines are .25¢ per business day
  • Overdue fines begin accumulating on the first business day following the due date
  • Overdue fines are not to exceed the cost of the book
  • A courtesy notice is emailed to the student a day prior to the due date. The first overdue notice is emailed and sent through regular mail when materials are one week overdue. A second overdue notice is emailed and sent through regular mail 2 weeks after the original due date. A third and final notice is sent three weeks after the original due date. If the material has not been returned thirty days after the original due date, the material will be charged to the student’s bursar account, along with a $5.00 processing fee per item

 

Damaged Items

  • A student who returns damaged item(s) will be assessed the cost of the item(s), any accrued fines, plus a $5.00 processing fee. When damages are paid the student is welcome to take the item(s). Any damages not paid for by the end of the semester will result in a hold being placed on the student's record
  • Holds placed on a student's record will prevent the student from enrolling in future semesters, receiving grades, transcripts and/or diplomas. Holds will remain in effect until all items have been returned and/or monies due have been paid

 

Lost/Missing Items

  • An item will be determined Lost/Missing if not returned within four weeks of the original due date. The student will be assessed the cost of the item(s) and fines accrued
  • The library director will periodically run a fines and fees report which will be sent to the bursar. After the charge is moved to the student's account at the bursar, it should be removed from Alma
  • After an item is determined LOST, the record should be suppressed in Alma
  • Copies replaced by the Library may not be an exact duplicate of the original item
  • Students wishing to replace an item may do so only with the approval of the Library Director
  • No refunds will be given, after 1 year from the original due date
  • Any Lost/Missing items not paid for by the end of the semester will result in a hold being placed on the student's record

*The library should check for overdue materials on a weekly basis to ensure no items were returned without being checked in.

Faculty and Staff

Loan Policy

  • Faculty and staff may borrow material until the end of the current trimester
  • If material is needed longer than three months, Faculty may request that the material be housed in their department, upon approval by the Library Director. Prior to separating from OSUIT, that material will need to be returned to the Library
  • Faculty and staff may check out reference books and current periodicals with permission of the Library Director. Periodicals can be routed upon request

 

Overdue Fines

  • Employees are not charged overdue fines or fees

 

Damaged Items

  • An employee who returns damaged item(s) will be assessed the cost of the item(s), plus a $5.00 processing fee. When damages are paid the employee is welcome to take the item(s)