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Circulation Policy
Lending library materials to patrons is one of the main functions of the KJS Library. Students and staff of LSSU may check out an unlimited number of items for a period of five weeks, after which they may request two renewals. High school students and other residents of the community may check out up to 12 items at any one time and are allowed the same five-week loan period and renewal option. LSSU faculty may retain materials for the duration of the semester before renewal is required.

In order to use the automated circulation system, patron barcodes are needed. Students, faculty, and staff who do not have ID cards with barcodes and patrons from the community will be issued a patron card which is kept on file in the library.

Recalls and Holds
All library material is subject to recall after ten days if it is required by another patron. Patrons with recalled items will be notified by phone and/or mail and have up to ten days to return the items.

Patrons may request the recall of an item by completing a card at the Circulation Desk. The library then contacts the person with the item and requests that it be returned within ten days. The person initiating the recall is notified when the item is returned to the library. Recalled materials are held at the Circulation Desk for four days after which they become available for use by other patrons.

Reserve Policy
Instructors may place material on Reserve so that it is readily available to all students in the class. Instructors are responsible for obtaining copyright approval if needed. Government documents may not be placed on reserve. Every effort will be made to either put a duplicate photocopy on reserve or purchase a second copy for the reserve collection. Patrons may check out Reserve materials for the maximum amount of time specified (usually two hours) at any given time. Reserve materials do not leave the library unless indicated by the instructor. Charges for overdue reserves:

$ .25 per hour to a maximum of $5.00 per item.

Holds are placed on student transcripts and registration when fines are left unpaid.

Overdue and Fine Policy
Fines are assessed for materials returned late to the library. The amount of fine varies with the type of material and its particular status (e.g., reserve or circulating materials). Fines accrue from the time the materials are due, whether or not the individual receives an overdue notice, until such time as the materials are returned.

Materials are considered to be overdue the day after they are due. There is no grace period. The first day an item is overdue, the fine is 25 cents. The amount increases by 25 cents per day until a maximum of $5.00 per item is reached. When an overdue item is returned, the fine ceases to accrue, but remains until paid. No one may check out additional materials until all overdue materials are returned and fines are paid. Holds are placed on student transcripts and registration when their total obligation reaches $5.00 and when fines are left unpaid.

NOTE: The library sends overdue notices as a courtesy to users. Users are responsible for renewing/returning items by the due date, even if notices could not be delivered.

Patrons with outstanding charges or overdue materials will lose their library privileges. Students will have a HOLD placed on their records with the Registrar's Office. In concert with the policies of Bayliss Public Library, community users with unpaid fines of $5 or more will have their library privileges revoked. These privileges include: checking out library materials, interlibrary loan services, A-V services, and use of library equipment (computers, copiers, and printers).

Questions regarding overdue charges or bills should be directed to the Circulation Desk Supervisor (C. Roll 635-2817), or the supervising librarian (M. June 635-2862).

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