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Lightner Library Circulation Policy: Community Member Borrowing

This policy covers information related to borrowing and lending library materials for Students, Faculty, Staff and Community Borrowers.


A community member who is interested in obtaining borrowing privileges at Lighter Library must:

  • First go to the Student Accounts/Business Office in Ball Hall and pay the annual fee required to borrow materials from Lightner Library:
    • $25/person or
    • $35/couple
  • ​​​​​​​Bring the receipt indicating the annual fee has been paid to the Lightner Library;
  • See a librarian (not a work-study student) to complete the  registration process.*

*Once registered, a community member may come to the library to borrow materials any time the library is open.  A community member will be eligible to borrow materials for one year from the date of his/her registration.

Borrowing Policies

Community member may borrow:

  • Up to five (5) items (Books, DVDs, videos, and CDs) from the Library’s circulating collection

Community member may not check out:

  • Entertainment DVDs
  • Reserve materials
  • Leisure reading books
  • Reference materials and Periodicals may be used in the library but may not be checked out.

Loan Periods

Most books, DVDs, videos, CDs circulate for five (5) weeks, but there are some items that have shorter circulation periods.

A community member will not have access to Lightner’s Interlibrary Loan service, printing or copying.

A community member will be expected to return library materials on time or request a renewal

A community member must return his/her materials immediately if needed by a student or faculty member. Failure to do so will result in loss of borrowing privileges.

Overdue Materials

There are no fines for failing to return an item on time. However replacement costs and processing fees will be charged for items not returned after four (4) weeks.

A community member will receive email notices as follows:

  • Almost overdue notice 3 days before item is due
  • 1st overdue notice 1 week after the due date
  • 2nd overdue notice 2 weeks after the due date
  • 3rd overdue notice 3 weeks after the due date
    • When the 3rd notice is produced, the community member will be blocked from further borrowing until the outstanding item(s) is/are returned
  • 4th overdue notice 4 weeks after due date
    • A bill will be produced that will include the replacement cost plus a $25 processing fee for each item; a copy will be both emailed and mailed to the community member.
    • Once a bill is produced the community member will be responsible for the $25 processing fee even if the item(s) is/are returned.
    • Community member’s registration and borrowing privileges will be cancelled if the item(s) has/have not been returned or all relevant charges have not been paid by two weeks after the bill was sent.

Reference Librarian

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Linda Park
(315) 279-5208