Borrowing Policies

Books

Loan Periods

  Books Popular Reading & Paperbacks MelCat Books
Undergraduate 6 weeks 4 weeks 3 weeks
Graduate 12 weeks 4 weeks 3 weeks
Faculty/Emeritus 15 weeks 4 weeks 3 weeks
Staff 6 weeks 4 weeks 3 weeks
Community/Alumnus 4 weeks 4 weeks N/A

Renewals

  • GVSU-owned books can be renewed as often as needed, as long as they are not requested by someone else. MeLCat books can be renewed once.
  • Undergraduate renewal periods are 3 weeks. Graduate renewal periods are 4 weeks.

Holds & Recalls

  • Books will be held for 7 days. MeLCat books will be held for 10 days.
  • All checked-out books are subject to recall by another library user. If an item you have checked out is recalled, you will be given a new due date.

Fines

  • Overdue fines for recalled books are $1.00 a day.
  • You will be charged $75.00 for books that are not returned. If the book was borrowed through MeLCat, the fee is $102.00.
  • If you damage a book, you will be charged for repair or replacement, whichever is cheaper.
  • Outstanding fines will prevent you from checking out additional items and may affect your ability to register for classes or graduate.

Non-Circulating Items

Reference materials can only be used in the library.

Audio & Video

Loan Periods

  Audio Video/DVD
Undergraduate 4 weeks 2 weeks
Graduate 4 weeks 2 weeks
Faculty/Emeritus 15 weeks 2 weeks
Staff 4 weeks 2 weeks
Community/Alumnus 3 hours in library 3 hours in library

Renewals

  • Audio materials may be renewed for 2 weeks, up to 2 times. Videos may be renewed once for 1 week.
  • Videos borrowed from MeLCat cannot be renewed.

Holds & Recalls

  • Items will be held for 7 days. MeLCat items will be held for 10 days.
  • All checked-out items are subject to recall by another library user. If an item you have checked out is recalled, you will be given a new due date.

Fines

  • Overdue fines for recalled items are $1.00 a day.
  • You will be charged $75.00 for items that are not returned. If the item was borrowed through MeLCat, the fee is $102.00.
  • If you damage an item, you will be charged for repair or replacement, whichever is cheaper.
  • Outstanding fines will prevent you from checking out additional items and may affect your ability to register for classes or graduate.

Non-Circulating Items

Audio & Video from Frey Learning Center do not circulate.

Laptops & iPads

Current GVSU students, faculty, and staff can check out a laptop or iPad with a photo ID.

Loan Periods

  • Laptops can be checked out for 4 hours and may be taken out of the building.
  • iPads can be checked out for 3 days.

Renewals

  • Laptops and iPads cannot be renewed.

Fines

  • Laptops: $4.00 per hour late.
  • iPads: $10.00 per day late plus a $10 processing fee. If you lock the iPad with a password, it will not be considered returned until the password is deleted.
  • Borrowers will pay all costs associated with damage, loss, or theft of laptops and iPads.
  • Outstanding fines will prevent you from checking out additional items and may affect your ability to register for classes or graduate.

Magazines & Journals

Loan Periods

Bound magazines and journals may be checked out for 4 days.

Curriculum Materials Library magazines have the same loan periods as books.

Renewals

Bound magazines and journals can be renewed twice.

Fines

  • You will be charged $75.00 for bound periodicals that are not returned.
  • If you damage a bound periodical, you will be charged for repair or replacement, whichever is cheaper.
  • Outstanding fines will prevent you from checking out additional items and may affect your ability to register for classes or graduate.

Non-Circulating Items

Unbound magazines and journals are for in-library use only.

Curriculum Materials

Loan Periods

 
  Books & Magazines Educational Media
Undergraduate 6 weeks 4 weeks
Graduate 12 weeks 4 weeks
Faculty/Emeritus 15 weeks 15 weeks
Staff 6 weeks 4 weeks
Community/Alumnus 4 weeks 3 hours in library

Renewals

  • All CML materials can be renewed twice.
  • For Books and magazines, Undergraduate renewal periods are 3 weeks. Graduate renewal periods are 4 weeks.
  • Educational Media renewals are for 2 weeks.

Fines

  • If you damage or lose an item, you will be charged for repair or replacement, whichever is cheaper. The minimum charge is $75.00.
  • Outstanding fines will prevent you from checking out additional items and may affect your ability to register for classes or graduate.

Page last modified March 10, 2014