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Borrowing Library Materials
Atlanta University Center students, faculty and staff have reading and borrowing privileges in the Robert W. Woodruff Library. Upon presentation of a valid member institution picture identification card, a Library barcode will be issued to users by the Circulation staff.
The Library's collection exceeds one million items that consist of 370,00 print volumes;
35,000 electronic books; 867,000 microforms; 302,000 government documents;
16,800 theses and dissertations; 54,000 bound periodicals; 1,200 current periodical subscriptions; 21,900 full text journals;
5,800 compact discs; more than 200 databases and over 7,000 cubic feet of archival collection.
BORROWING LIBRARY MATERIALS
All Library users must obtain a Library barcode in order to exercise borrowing privileges. A Library barcode will be issued to users presenting the following types of identification:
- AUC students, faculty, and staff - a valid picture ID card from one of our member institutions.
- AUC alumni - a valid picture ID card issued by the alumni's home institution.
- Visitors - a valid driver' s license or picture ID. Visitors will be issued a Visitor's Badge.
- Materials from the main collections may be checked out for 28 days. Items may be renewed twice if a "hold" has not been placed on the item.
- Course reserve materials may be checked out for two hours and may be requested for an additional two hours if there are no pending requests.
CIRCULATION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Patrons are encouraged to return circulating and reserve materials in a timely manner to ensure equitable access for all library users. Patrons with overdue or lost materials are subject to fines:
- A daily fine of $.50/day will be assessed for regular circulating items. After 30 days of delinquency, the item(s) will be declared lost and the borrower charged a replacement fee.
- Course reserve materials are checked out for two hours. After two hours, the borrower is assessed a fine of $.50 per hour. If the course reserve material is a book, it is considered lost and the borrower is charged a replacement fee.
Library materials must be renewed on or before the due date. Materials cannot be renewed if they have been recalled or placed on hold by another patron, if the borrower has a delinquent Interlibrary Loan item(s), or any other outstanding fees due to the Library. As a courtesy, overdue notices are sent to borrowers after the loan period has expired.
Patrons may renew books online if they are not overdue. A Library barcode is required to complete the transaction. Log on to My Library Account and select the "Renew Items" option from the menu.
Materials that are overdue or have been renewed twice online must be taken to the Library's circulation desk for processing
Circulating materials may be recalled if a faculty member has requested the item for course reserves, or if requested by another borrower and the item has already been renewed once by the current borrower. Students must pay a $50 deposit (Money order only). The deposit is refundable if no fines are incurred. Allow two weeks for mailing.
Place Materials On Hold
Borrowers can place a hold on items charged to other borrowers via the online catalog. Once the item is returned to the Library, requesters will be contacted by Library staff.
Search For Missing Books
If an item cannot be located on the shelf, Library users are encouraged to ask the Circulation staff for assistance. Users may request Circulation staff to conduct an on-demand and periodic search for the missing item.
If not located immediately, Circulation staff will check the stacks at regular intervals and notify the requester of the results via email or telephone. Users are encouraged to place an Interlibrary Loan request for time sensitive items
Place Materials On Course Reserves (Faculty Only)
Course Reserves are supplementary materials that faculty make available to their students in the Library. Examples of course materials include books, journal articles, homework assignments, case studies, etc.
Faculty are requested to submit materials to be placed on Course Reserves to the Library at least two weeks prior to the date that students will need to access them. A "Course Reserves Request Form" must be completed for each course.