As part of the commitment to lifelong learning, Sacred Heart University Alumni may use the resources of the Sacred Heart University Library.
The following borrowing privileges are extended to our guests:
Non-affiliated persons wishing a Guest Borrower Card will be charged $40.00 per year, per person.
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.
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.
The computers in the library are for use only by SHU students, faculty, staff, and those affiliated with the university.
Library guests may access the SHU Guest Wi-Fi with their personal laptops.
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.
Sacred Heart University Library accepts gifts of books and other materials that support the research and teaching mission of the University. Gift materials will be evaluated in accordance with criteria consistent with the Library Collection Development Policy. This evaluation is based upon: adding depth and/or breadth to the existing collection, relevance and timeliness of content, and physical condition. In rare cases, gifts in need of preservation or special treatment may be accepted.
The initial contact person for gifts is the Resources Development Librarian or her/his designee. The potential donor will be informed of the gift policy and given a copy, if requested. Upon delivery of the gifts an acknowledgement letter will be sent to the donor.
Upon receipt, gifts become the property of the Library and will be reviewed by appropriate library personnel. Gifts that are in poor condition, duplicate existing holdings, or fall outside the scope of the Library Collection Development Policy may be immediately disposed of through discard or donation.
Once gifts are accepted, the Library is responsible for determining the location, cataloging treatment, retention, and other considerations relating to the use and retention of these materials. Large or on-going gifts may have a bookplate attached to each item if the donor requests and the library personnel are agreement.
In accordance with United States tax regulations, the Library is not permitted to make appraisals of gifts. For IRS reporting purposes, it is the responsibility of the donor to arrange for an independent appraisal by a qualified professional prior to the donation and to keep records of the individual items donated and the value attached to each. If the appraised value exceeds $5,000, the University’s Office of Institutional Advancement will be notified and will report the gift to the Internal Revenue Service.
The Resources Development Librarian will maintain yearly statistics of the number and types of gifts received and retained. This information will be reported to Institutional Advancement at the end of each fiscal year.
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 Library 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 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.
Students can use the four iMacs or twelve Windows PCs on the first floor for two hours. 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 leaving 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.
In accordance with the University policy, the Library is a tobacco-free zone, including all smoking, electronic cigarettes, and chewing tobacco.
|Book Loan Period||Renewals||How Many||Media Loan Period||Renewals||Interlibrary Loan|
|Undergrads||35 days||1||Unlimited||7 days||1||Yes|
|Graduates||70 days||1||Unlimited||7 days||1||Yes|
|Faculty||70 days||4||Unlimited||7 days||1||Yes|
|Staff||70 days||1||Unlimited||7 days||1||Yes|
|N.D. High||28 days||No||3||No||No||No|
Circulation policies are designed to provide equal access to the Library's collection for all borrowers. Fines are charged 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.
It is the responsibility of the patron to know all these policies. Failure to know the policies will not result in waiver of fines and/or fees.