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About the Library: Circulation

Library Circulation Policies

Categories of Borrowers

UW-Parkside students, faculty, and staff (including emeritus faculty and staff) may borrow UW-Parkside Library materials according to the chart under Loan Periods. Individuals must present their activated RangerCard to the desk attendant when checking out materials.

Students, faculty and staff from other University of Wisconsin campuses may borrow UW-Parkside Library materials according to the chart under Loan Periods. Individuals must use their valid UW ID cards at time of check-out.

There are several categories of users who may qualify as Community Borrowers:

Community Borrowers ID Required Fee and Terms
Wisconsin resident 18 or older Photo ID $15 ($10 for seniors); card is valid for one year from date of issue; ; $15/year for renewal
Local high- or middle-school student School ID and guardian's consent $15; card is valid for one year from date of issue; $15/year for renewal
Non-Wisconsin resident 18 or older Photo ID $30; card is valid for one year from date of issue; $15/year for renewal
Carthage College and Gateway Technical College students, faculty, and staff School ID None; card will be valid for the current semester and may be renewed as long as they are currently enrolled/employed at the respective colleges
UW-Parkside alumni Photo ID and proof of enrollment None; card valid for one year from date of issue

 

Loan Periods

Loan periods vary, depending on the type of material and the category of user. Some materials do not circulate, and some materials are housed behind the check-out desk and must be requested.

 

Type of material and loan periods

UWP

Students

UWP

Faculty/Staff

Community

Borrowers

Books (General Stacks)

28 days, 3 renewals

Semester, 3 renewals

28 days, 3 renewals

Books (Reference)

No loan

No loan

No loan

CDs

14 days, 1 renewal

14 days, 1 renewal

14 days, 1 renewal

Charging Cables

4 hour No loan No loan

DVDs and VHSs

14 days, 1 renewal

14 days, 1 renewal

14 days, 1 renewal

Headphones

4 hours

No loan

No loan

Journals & magazines

28 days                28 days

No loan

Laptops

8 hours

No loan

No loan

Microforms

No loan

3 days

No loan

Newspapers

No loan

3 days

No loan

Reserve materials

2hr;1,3,7 day

2hr;1,3,7 day

No loan

Video Games

14 days, 1 renewal

14 days, 1 renewal

No loan

A borrower is responsible for all materials checked out with his/her card. Borrowers should make the check-out desk staff aware of any damage to an item before checking out. Borrowers are expected to return or renew borrowed items by the due date. A borrower’s responsibility does not end until materials have been returned to and discharged by the library.

Renewals and Holds

UWP Faculty, staff and students may use the Your Library Account feature on the library home page to find out what items they have checked out, when they are due, and to renew materials. Items can also be renewed in person or by phone (262-595-2238), provided that no one else has requested the item. There is no renewal on Closed Stacks items, reserve materials, laptops, or AV materials.

Holds may be placed on materials that are in use. When the item is returned, the requesting individual will be notified by e-mail and will have seven days to pick the item up at the check-out desk.

Items Missing from the Shelves

If an individual has trouble locating an item in the library, s/he may go to the check-out desk and ask to fill out a search card. The library staff will search for the item. If/when the item is found, the requester will be notified by e-mail, and the item will be placed on hold at the check-out desk for 7 days. If the item is not found, it will be declared lost and a replacement decision will be made by the library liaison.

Returning Library Materials

During hours the library is open, return materials to one of the book drop slots located at the check-out desk. Always return reserve materials to the check-out desk. The borrower is responsible for the condition of other library materials deposited in the book drop.

UWP Library Fines and Fees

An item is overdue when it has not been returned within the specified loan period. For the convenience of borrowers, e-mail notices are sent when items become overdue. Failure to receive a notice does not alter the borrower’s responsibility for an item. Individuals with outstanding fines or fees at any UW System library will have their borrowing privileges suspended; students may also have “holds” placed on their university records.

Overdue fines are charged for materials that circulate for fewer than 28 days. The fine for overdue two- and four-hour material is $1.00/hour the library is open. The fine for overdue 1-day, 3-day, and 7-day reserve material is $1.00/day the library is open. All other material with loan periods of fewer than 28 days is fined $1.00/day per item for each day the library is open.

Lost items are those that have been overdue for more than six weeks. Lost item fees include the cost of replacement, or if out of print, $60.00 plus a non-refundable $15.00 processing fee. These charges apply to each item lost. If a lost item is returned before payment is made, only the $15.00 processing fee is assessed. If a lost item has been paid for and is later found and returned within one year of payment, the borrower is reimbursed the cost of the item but not the processing fee. After one year, no fees are refunded.

Fines may be paid at the front desk in the library with cash, check or money order. Fines will only be accepted on weekends and 7:30am–4pm on weekdays. Credit cards are not accepted in the library. It is possible for larger payments to be made with a credit card through the Cashier's Office or online via SOLAR. Please contact the library Circulation Office (262-595-2260) or the Cashier's office (262-595-2258) for details in making this sort of transaction.

Theft and/or Mutilation of UWP Library Materials

The UW-Parkside Library has a security system that is set off when someone exits without checking out library materials. When the security system is set off, individuals are asked to open any bags for inspection. Unauthorized possession of library material may result in loss of borrowing privileges. Individuals should be aware that unauthorized possession of library materials violates Wisconsin State Statutes and may also result in prosecution. Persons who mutilate library materials are billed for the items damaged and may lose borrowing privileges. The minimum charge for mutilated items is the current cost of replacement or $75.00 if the item is out of print.

Using Other Library Collections

UWP faculty, staff, and students may visit other UW libraries and borrow materials using their activated RangerCards. They may also request materials online from other UW libraries. The borrower should pick up and return requested items at the UW-Parkside Library check-out desk. In general, books are loaned for 28 days and AV materials for 14 days.

UWP faculty, staff and students are eligible to borrow materials from Carthage College’s Hedberg Library and Gateway Techical College because of a reciprocal borrowing agreement. The UWP borrower must provide a valid RangerCard when checking out materials.

UWP faculty, staff and students may use Interlibrary Loan to request materials from libraries outside of the UW System. All patrons are encouraged to exhaust resources available at UW-Parkside and through UW System Borrowing before requesting material through ILL.

Borrowing Laptops

The UW-Parkside Library has a limited number of PC and Mac laptops available for check-out to UW-Parkside students. Students must complete a responsibility agreement form, accepting responsibility for any loss or damage to the laptop and for costs associated with repair or replacement. Students may not reserve laptops ahead of time. Students may borrow laptops for up to eight hours; they must be returned one hour before the library closes.

Borrowers returning laptops late will be assessed fines at the rate of $5.00/hour, with a maximum total fine of $100.00. Borrowers who have borrowed laptops that have become lost or stolen will be assessed the cost of the laptop and accessories.

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