Policies

Library Quiet Policy

To accommodate the needs for both individual and collaborative study, the library has different expectations about the level of noise in different parts of the library.  The service desks and Starbucks Cafe are located on the 1st floor and we cannot expect that these areas remain silent.  We understand that group study may occur on the lower level as well. 

So while we expect that there may be low-toned noise on the 1st and lower levels, the 2nd floor of the library has been designated as a quiet study floor. These rules assume that students, staff, faculty, and guests will take responsibility for abiding by the quiet policy.  The library staff may speak to you about these policies, not to be the "noise police," but to remind you of our shared responsibility to each other. Students and faculty do have the right to remind library staff of the policy as well.  Above all, be respectful of your peers and their need for a comfortable and study-conducive space.

Cell phones are permitted in the library, but we request that you set cell phone ringers to silent or vibrate only. Cell phone conversations are not allowed on the 2nd floor.  Short and low-toned conversations may be held on the 1st and lower levels, but we may ask that you take it outside if it is disruptive to others.

Tobacco-free zone

The Library is a tobacco-free zone including all smoking (University policy), electronic cigarettes, and chewing tobacco.

Student Library Computer Use Policy (Guests: see below)

Students can use the eight iMacs or eight Windows PCs on the first floor for two hours, especially during high-use periods.  If a student leaves a workstation for more than 10 minutes, the student will be logged off the workstation (possibly losing work on a document) and personal items will be temporarily moved to a safe location.  Students may not "reserve" a workstation for personal use by leave backpacks, book bags, trash, or other personal items next to a workstation.  Students who need more than two hours on a computer should use the computer labs.

Circulation Policy

  • Undergraduates: 35 day loan period, 1 renewal, subject to recalls.
  • Graduates: 70 day loan period, 1 renewal, subject to recalls.
  • Faculty/Staff: 70 day loan period, 1 renewal, subject to recalls.
  • Alumni: 28 day loan period, no renewals, up to 5 books at one time, subject to recalls.
  • High School Guests: 28 day loan period, no renewals, up to 3 books at one time, subject to recalls. Authorized high schools only: Lauralton Hall, Notre Dame.
  • Guests: 14 day loan period, no renewals, 3 books at a time, subject to recalls.

Fines/Fees for Late/Lost Items

Principle

Circulation policies are designed to provide equal access to the Library's collection for all borrowers. Fines are levied to promote the prompt return of materials to allow others access. Replacement costs are applied to purchase a replacement item, at the current price. Processing fees are charged to cover the cost of library personnel time and supplies in preparing the material for the shelf.

Charges:

There will be a 25 cent per item, per day, overdue fine applied on books from the circulating collections.

Four (4) weeks after the overdue period has begun, the item/s will be considered lost and a replacement bill will be issued.

There will be a $1.00 per item, per day, overdue fine applied on videos.

Three (3) weeks after the overdue period has begun, the video/s will be considered lost and a replacement bill will be issued.

There will be a $1.00 per HOUR (or any part thereof) fine applied to Reserve materials not returned after the specified time of usage (either hourly or overnight).

There will be a $1.00 per item, per day, overdue fine applied to books that have been recalled. Four (4) weeks after the recall notice has been sent, the item/s will be considered lost and a replacement bill will be issued.

There will be a $2.00 per item, per day, overdue fine applied to videos that have been recalled. Three (3) weeks after the recall notice has been sent, the video/s will be considered lost and a replacement bill will be issued.

Rules

  • The patron is ultimately responsible for returning items on time. The patron is given a receipt listing the due date at the time of checkout. Patrons also have access to their own records on the Enterprise catalog system and may check the status of any or all items checked out to their library barcode number. Renewal of items may be performed through the Enterprise system prior to the due date. Overdue notices will be sent to the patron’s email and/or home address. However, sending an overdue notice is a courtesy.
  • Items obtained through InterLibrary Loan (ILL) will be fined in the same manner as material belonging to the Ryan-Matura Library.
  • Blocks will be placed on a patron’s circulation privileges when fines and/or fees exceed $100.00.
  • Replacement bills will be calculated on the current price of the item, plus a $30.00 processing fee, plus the outstanding fine.
  • The maximum fee charged, per item, for the above circumstances will be the four (4) weeks of fines plus the replacement bill for the item. However, the fine will continue to accrue until the item is returned or payment and processing fee is received on a lost item.
  • If an item is no longer in print, we will use Rare Book prices or the price of the newest edition.
  • Patrons are responsible for notifying the library of any changes in address or phone number/s. If notices are returned due to change of address, without notification, circulation privileges will be blocked until updated information is provided.
  • Appeals on fines and/or fees must be made to the Head of Circulation. If the Head of Circulation, or the designee, is not available, an appointment will be made to discuss the issue. Until a final decision is made, circulation privileges may be suspended if the amount reaches or exceeds $100.00. Circulation staff may not waive fines and/or fees.

It is the responsibility of the patron to know all policies. Failure to know policies will not result in waiver of fines and/or fees.

Alumni Policy

Principle

As part of the commitment to lifelong learning, Sacred Heart University Alumni may use the resources of the Sacred Heart University Library.

Policy:

  • Up to five books can be borrowed at one time.
  • Alumni will have a twenty-eight (28) day loan period.
  • Alumni will be charged overdue fines as if they were currently enrolled students. Fines for overdue books will accumulate at $.25 per day.
  • Alumni will not be permitted to borrow media.
  • Alumni will not be permitted to renew the books.
  • Alumni will not have access to the online databases from off campus.
  • Alumni must renew their cards one year from the date of issue.
  • Alumni will not be provided Interlibrary service.

Guest Policy

 The following borrowing privileges are extended to our guests:

  • Up to three books can be borrowed at one time
  • Books can be borrowed for a forteen day period
  • Guest cards must be renewed one year from the date of issue
  • Renewals are not permitted
  • Fines for overdue books will accumulate at $0.25 per day
  • Books are subject to recall policy, in the event that a student or a member of the faculty urgently needs the book.
  • Senior Citizens are provided with a free Guest Borrower Card. Fines and/or fees will not be applied.
  • Priests who are Connecticut residents are provided with a free Guest Borrower Card. This will entitle them to check out three (3) books at a time for a period of fourteen (14) days with no renewal. No video check-out or ILL service is provided. Fines will be applied in the same manner as listed under the fines and fees for late or lost items. 

Non-affiliated persons wishing a Guest Borrower Card will be charged $40.00 per year, per person.  This will entitle them to check out three (3) books at a time for a period of fourteen (14) days with no renewal.  No video check-out or ILL service is provided.  Fines will be applied in the same manner as listed under fines and fees for late or lost items.

Notre Dame High School and St. Vincent’s College students will be issued Guest Borrower Cards at no cost. However, they will require a letter from their respective schools and will be registered in our system for one (1) year. This will entitle them to check our three (3) books at a time for a period of 14 days with no renewal. No video check-out or ILL service is provided. Fines will be applied in the same manner as listed under fines and fees for late or lost items.

The annual fee for guest privileges is $40.00. Bridgeport Residents, Fairfield Residents, Trumbull Residents, Senior Citizen (65+), Clergy, and Social Work Field Instructors are not charged a fee.

Questions can be directed to the Circulation Desk at (203)371-7702.

Computer Use Policy for Guests

The computers in the library are for use by SHU students, faculty, staff, and those affiliated with the university. Their primary purpose is for academic applications, with an emphasis on library-related applications.

Library guests may only use one of the three designated public computers. Guests are required to sign in on the Computer Sign-in Sheet at the reference desk. Guests will sign in when they start to use the computer and may not sign up for future time slots. Guest use of computers is limited to thirty (30) minutes per session, up to a maximum of four (4) sessions per day. If students are waiting to use a computer, guests will be asked to vacate the computer within five minutes.  Guest use of public computers is limited to the hours between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

During times of high use by SHU students, guest access may be limited. Students have priority to use all the computers and will not be asked to move.

An individual guest's library privileges may be terminated at the discretion of a library staff member for violation of policies, disruptive behavior, or any activity deemed detrimental to the library or our primary users.


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