SUBJECT: LIBRARY GENERAL POLICIES
Issued by: Ellen Chamberlain, Director
of the Libraries
USC Beaufort has established its libraries on the North and South campuses for the use of students, faculty, administrative
officers, and staff of the university.
The policies and procedures of the library are developed with emphasis on the
undergraduate student as primary user.
All library patrons are expected to show
consideration of others and cooperate with other library users and staff. A
reasonably quiet environment should be maintained for the benefit of all
persons in the library. Food, smoking, and pets are prohibited. Beverages in
spill-proof containers are allowed. Cell phone users are asked to turn them
off when in the library. Shirts and shoes must be worn. Attempted
unauthorized removal of library material can and will be treated as theft.
Defacing or destruction of property and materials will be considered a serious
offense. Campus Safety will be called to assist when needed.
Any person needing access to an academic
library collection may use materials within the library. Borrowing privileges
are limited primarily to holders of a current and validated university
identification (ID) card. By special arrangement, current paid members of the
USC Alumni Association and valid card holders from member libraries of the
Lowcountry Library Federation (LLF), Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning
(OLLI), students 16 years and older and serious adult scholars in the
two-county service area may borrow library materials.
Books generally circulate for a three-week
period and are due by the last date stamped on the date-due slip in the book.
Faculty and staff may keep books longer
than the three-week period but such books are subject to immediate recall.
Faculty may borrow periodicals, reference books, microforms and other
restricted materials for reference and research for a limited period of one
week. Some rare books in the Beaufort College Collection at North and
the Rare Book Room at South do not circulate.
Circulation files are considered
confidential by South Carolina law. Library staff will not reveal the name of
the person to whom an item is checked out.
Faculty may place required reading items
on closed reserve in both print and electronic formats.
Faculty are responsible for providing the
library with a written list of the print items and for picking them up when the
reserve period has ended.
Book and periodical orders come primarily
from faculty and library staff. However, students and university employees
may suggest book purchases to members of the library staff or the Library Director
who will consider placing an order for the recommended items. The final decision to purchase any library
materials rests with the library. Allocations are library funds.
Public computers are to be used for academic research
purposes only. Electronic information, services, software and networks
provided directly or indirectly by the library shall be accessible, in
accordance with licensing or contractual obligations and in accordance with
existing USCB computing services policies.
U.S. Copyright Law and contractual license agreements govern
the access, use and reproduction of the electronic resources that the library
makes available to its users.
All those who use the library’s public computers must do so
in a legal and ethical manner, demonstrating respect for the rights of other
users and a recognition of the importance of civility and responsibility when
using resources in a shared academic environment.
Priority for use of these
workstations is given to USCB students, faculty, staff, and others engaged in
The library does not control
information available over the Internet and is not responsible for its
content. Patrons should be aware that Internet sites may contain offensive or
controversial material. Parents or legal guardians of minors are responsible
for monitoring the library activities of their children.
Library materials should not be removed
from the collections for the purpose of exhibition outside the library. Any
faculty member desiring to request an exception to this policy should contact
the Library Director.
Exhibit space in the library is reserved
for materials from the library's own collections; however, the library
welcomes the use of its display space by USC Beaufort faculty and staff.
Specific requests should be discussed with the Library Director.
Borrowers must present a current validated USCB picture ID card to check out library materials.
Items may be renewed if presented in
person at the library and if a “hold” for another patron has not been placed
on the item. Telephone renewals are not accepted. Faculty members are expected to return all
books annually, during the spring faculty/staff recall. Those books that are
still needed may be renewed at that time.
The libraries' collections are built and strengthened by purchase requests submitted by faculty members as well as
by members of the library staff.
Each academic department receives a
portion of the annual materials budget allotted by the Faculty Library
Committee. This committee is composed of two representatives from each of the three
divisions. These representatives are selected by their respective
division coordinators; they are responsible for allocating the division’s
funds by department. . At any given time, division representatives may check
the status of their funds with the Library Director or with the subject
The library has established standing
orders with various publishers to receive specific materials as they are
published. Details may be secured from the Library Director.
Faculty, students and staff who have
suggestions or encounter problems with library policies or procedures should
first discuss the problem with the Library Director or with their
representative on the Faculty Library Committee.
If the discussions are not satisfactory,
the procedure may be followed as necessary to the office of the Executive Vice
Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Policy approved by the Faculty Library
Policy approved by the Chancellor’s
Last modified Thursday December 14, 2006