SUBJECT: LIBRARY CIRCULATION POLICY
Issued by: Ellen Chamberlain, Director
of the Libraries
With the USCB libraries’ computer-based
circulation system, a valid USCB picture ID card is required for all borrowing.
Students, faculty, and library patrons may obtain these cards in the office of
the Registrar on the North Campus and in the IT office in the Library Building
on the South Campus. Cards must then be activated at the North or South library circulation
desk. One card is provided free of charge to students, faculty, and
staff; community patrons and students and faculty from other institutions will
be charged $10.00 for a card. Replacement cards, due to
loss, mutilation, or theft of the original, will be issued to all library
patrons, including USCB students, for a fee of $10.00.
Accepting a USCB library card is entering into a borrowing agreement with the USCB library.
As such, the library user agrees to abide by library rules and regulations and
to accept the penalties for failure to do so. As a cardholder, the user is
responsible for all materials charged by the use of the card. Holders of lost
or stolen cards should notify the library immediately.
A library card is available to:
- All currently enrolled USC Beaufort North and South students
- All currently employed USC faculty and
- All immediate family members, 16 years
and older, of USC faculty and staff
- All visiting scholars upon written
request of their department or prior approval of the Director of the USCB
- All members in good standing of the Osher Institute for Lifelong
- All adult citizens who are residents of Beaufort or Jasper County,
students 16 years and older in the two county public and private
schools, and who hold a valid Beaufort/Jasper County
area library card
- All students currently enrolled at the
Technical College of the Lowcountry; and all TCL faculty and staff
The USCB libraries recognize the library cards of students and faculty from
other campuses in the USC System and those of USC alumni.
There is a three week loan period for all
regularly circulating materials. Loan periods for reserve materials may vary
from “in-library use only” to several days or weeks check-out. Periodicals
and newspapers do not circulate outside the library. Audio CDs circulate on
an overnight basis. Videos usually circulate to faculty/staff only. They may
circulate to students when placed on reserve by faculty for specific courses.
Check-out limits vary for different patron
categories as follows:
- USCB undergraduate/graduate students –
- USCB faculty/staff – no limits
- Osher Institute members – six
items at a time
- All others – three items at a time
A book may be renewed as long as no one
else has requested it or the library has not recalled it.
Overdue books and A-V materials are
charged at the rate of 25 cents a day. There is a three day grace period
before the fine is assessed. If the material is not returned by the end of
the third day, a fine of $1.00 will be assessed on the fourth day.
Faculty are not normally assessed fines
but are expected to return items promptly when finished with them, or
immediately when the items are recalled.
As a courtesy to borrowers, the library
sends notices for overdue items. However, it is the borrower's responsibility
to return the items on time, whether or not the notice is received.
The libraries’ computer-based circulation
system will place a “block” on user’s borrowing privileges for the following
- Patron has items checked out that are
- Patron has unpaid library fines
The library reserves the right to keep
students from re-registering and to turn over any delinquent accounts to a
collection agency for debt collection.
Policy approved by the Faculty Library
Policy approved by the Chancellor’s
Last modified Thursday October 09, 2014