SUBJECT: ACCESS AND SERVICES TO
Issued by: Ellen Chamberlain, Director
of the Libraries
The library of the University of South
Carolina Beaufort is mandated by the university’s mission to support the
educational, teaching, research, and administrative needs of faculty,
students, and staff of USCB. The library takes an active role in supporting
the overall mission of USCB by providing access to relevant information
through the development of library collections, their organization and
arrangement for access and use, and the provision of appropriate information
and instructional services. To be most effective in fulfilling its mission,
the library offers an array of basic services funded by the university for
current students, faculty, and staff; other services to this primary clientele
may be offered on a full or partial cost recovery basis.
The library is committed to making its
unique or distinctive collections available to the local, regional, and
national scholarly community as a supplementary source once local resources
have been exhausted. The library provides access for these users through
either onsite consultation or other methods under conditions that do not
jeopardize the effectiveness of its services to its primary clientele. In
addition, the library makes its services and collections available to the
public at large on a limited basis and to the extent feasible.
The library distinguishes
among three basic categories of users for the purpose of apportioning
resources and services: 1) primary clientele, 2) secondary clientele, and 3)
external clientele. The library reserves the right to assign to
institutions and individuals the appropriate category of service or use.
primary clientele consists of current faculty, students, and staff at the
University of South Carolina Beaufort. This category of users is accorded the highest priority for service and
resources at no additional charge.
secondary clientele consists of those closely related to the University, such
as members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI); VIP cardholders; other
USC system students, faculty, and staff; USC alumni and retirees living in the
area; immediate family of USCB faculty and staff; and faculty members and
scholars from other institutions who present a letter of request from their
institution. This category of
users may access library services specifically designated at no additional
users, such as adult residents of Beaufort and Jasper Counties; students, aged
16 and older, enrolled in Beaufort and Jasper County public and private
schools; and students of the Technical College of the Lowcountry, may borrow a
designated number of library books at any one time and may access on-site the
library’s public databases and subscription periodicals. They may copy pages from reference books and periodicals and avail
themselves of general reference services. In order to utilize these resources and services, this category of
users must first purchase a picture ID library card for $10.
patrons are expected to explore the resources of their primary libraries
first, e.g., public, school, and to use the USCB library as a library of last
resort. The library does not act as a substitute for those institutions
or agencies that do not provide adequate core library resources of their own;
it conserves on behalf of USCB students, faculty, and staff those heavily-used
materials that other libraries can reasonably be expected to provide.
Payment of a fee for borrowing privileges will not, for example, entitle
outside patrons to unrestricted access to materials such as reserve books,
journals, and non-book materials that are in heavy demand on campus. On
the other hand, recognizing its role as a local, regional, state, and national
resource, the library provides access whenever possible to the rarer and more
specialized items in USCB’s collections, since these may be available only
at USCB. The status of the library as a state depository for government
publications carries with it specific requirements to provide access and
services to the general public for those materials.
library’s primary clientele has priority in the use of reference and
information services and equipment, particularly at periods of peak use.
Consequently, payment of established charges for library privileges does not
ensure the same level of service for non-USCB patrons. Reference,
instructional, and special circulation services to the outside community can
be extended only when they do not interfere with services to the campus
community. All access and services are subject to restrictions at
periods of high use by primary clientele, or by the need to conserve or
protect library materials or equipment.
Policy approved by the Faculty Library
Policy approved by the Chancellor’s
Last modified Thursday August 24, 2006