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Library Policies

    CIRCULATION GUIDE

MATERIAL TYPE

LOAN PERIOD

 RENEWALS 

General Books, Annual Reports, CD ROMS

4 weeks

2 renewals

Leisure Reading Books

4 weeks

No renewals

Periodicals -- Bound

7 days

1 renewal

Periodicals -- Unbound

3 days

No renewals

Government Documents

4 weeks

2 renewals

Micro Media

1 week

1 renewal

Videos/DVDs

3 days

1 renewal

SAC/SGA DVD's

3 days

1 renewal

Reference Materials

Do not circulate

Special Collections and Archives

Do not circulate

Music Scores

4 weeks

2 renewals

Spoken Recordings

4 weeks

No renewals

Maps

7 days

2 renewals

Reserve Materials

 2 hours (Library Only)  

1, 3, or 7 day

No renewals

Music Recordings

(Faculty & GTAs may borrow for 4 weeks -1 renewal) 

1 day

No renewals

Compact Discs (Music)

(Faculty & GTAs may borrow for 3 days -1 renewal)

1 day

No renewals

Textbook Collection

2 hours (Library Only)

No renewals

Holds

Holds are used to allow patrons to reserve a library item. Holds placed on an item that is currently checked out will not affect that item's due date. Patrons may not place holds on Reserve materials or DVDs.

There are two types of holds:

1. 24-Hour Hold: This type of hold can be used to request that the library reserve materials that are currently checked in. To request a 24-hour hold on an item, please call the Circulation Desk at (316)978-3582.

2. 7-Day Hold: This type of hold may be used to place a patron in the queue for an item that is currently checked out. Students, faculty and staff may request a 7-day hold through the online catalog regardless of whether or not the requested material is currently checked in.

To place a hold on an item or request it for pickup at the Circulation Desk, please call the Circulation Desk at (316)978-3582.
 

Recalls

Recall policies are used by libraries to help improve access to high demand material. Ablah Library's recall policy allows WSU students, faculty, and staff to place recalls on items that are already checked out. Patrons may not place recalls on Reserve materials or DVDs.

1. When a recall is placed, the patron who has the item is informed by notice that the item has been recalled and that the item now has a new recall due date. Recalled items are generally due 7-12 days after the recall is placed.

2. To encourage the return of recalled items, the fines for late return of recalled items are higher than those for late return of other long-term loan items.

3. A one dollar per day fine is applied to any recalled item returned after the recall due date. This $1.00 per day fine continues until the item is returned, until the maximum recall fine of $40.00 per item is reached, or until lost charges for the recalled item are paid. Recall fines are added to any other fines or lost charges on the patron's record. There is no grace period on recalled items.

4. Most faculty, staff, and students receive recall notices by campus email. Community users receive recall notices by U.S. Mail.

5. To be sure that you receive recall notices in a timely manner, be sure to check your email account frequently. If you receive printed notices, keep your mailing address updated at the library. The library is not responsible for undelivered or lost recall notices.

 

How to Avoid Recall Fines

 

  1. Be aware that materials may be recalled at any time, even when classes are not in session.

  2. Once an item has been recalled, the original due date is void. The borrower must return the item by the date specified on the recall notice.

  3. Recalled items cannot be renewed. The borrower who is relinquishing the item, however, has the right to recall it for his/her future use. When the item is returned, the library will notify the requestor of its availability.

  4. Recall fines are not cancelled because the borrower was out of town. Borrowers should:

  1. Return Library materials before leaving for break, vacation, sabbatical or University business.

  2. Arrange with someone who has access to your Library books to handle Library-related mail in your absence and return any recalled items.

  3. Check email messages and keep mailing addresses current.

  4. Return recalled items to the Library by the date specified.

Renewals

Items eligible for renewal according to the Circulation policy may be renewed several ways.

Online
In Person
By Telephone
By Surface Mail or E-Mail

ONLINE BOOK RENEWAL

1. Go to the WSU Libraries Online Catalog.
2. Click on the yellow "My Account" button on the top of the page.
3. Type in your MyWSU number in the box provided (Community Users must select the 16-digit Shocker Card number option from the dropdown menu).
4. Tab down to or click the next box and type your last name.
5. Click on the "Login" button. Your library record should appear.
6. Scroll down to the "Charged Items" section. There should be a list of the books you have checked out.
7. Underneath the heading "Renew?" click on the box next to each item you want to renew. A check mark will appear in the box.
8. When you are finished selecting your items, click on the "Renew Items" button below the list.

Once the renewal is complete, scroll down to the "Charged Items" section to see the new due date. Check under the heading "Renewal Status" to verify that your items have been renewed. You may write the new due date on the date due slip inside the book if you wish.  If the renewal failed, it will state "Not Renewed." Please call the Circulation Desk at (316)978-3582 if this occurs or if you have any questions about renewing your books.

IN-PERSON RENEWALS

1. The patron must bring a valid WSU library card to the Circulation Desk. (You do not need to bring the items.).
2. Items may be renewed if they are not on hold and if the patron has not not exceeded his or her renewal limit..
3. Eligible items will be renewed for the appropriate renewal period (usually one month).

 

TELEPHONE RENEWALS

Telephone renewals are available for general circulating books and bound periodicals (not available for Reserve items or Leisure Reading Collection books).

1. Call (316) 978-3582. This number will be answered by a staff member or by voice mail..
2. Have your books and a pencil handy.
3. Indicate that you wish to renew your books.
4. State your name and the last 8 digits of your Shocker Card number or your myWSU ID number. If you are using voice mail, please also state your home phone number..
5. Give the library identification number for each book..
6. The staff member will give you the new due date. (If using voice mail, a staff member will call you back with the new due date.) If an item submitted is ineligible for renewal, patrons will be responsible for any overdue or recall charges that accrue.
 

MAIL OR E-MAIL RENEWALS

1. Provide your name, Shocker Card number or myWSU ID number, and phone number.
2. The return and new due date will be based on the renewal request's time stamp or postmark.
3. If an item submitted is ineligible for renewal, patrons will be responsible for any overdue or recall charges that accrue.
4. E-Mail requests to: librarystaff@wichita.edu
5. Mail requests to:

Wichita State University

Ablah Library

Circulation Desk

1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0068


PLEASE NOTE:

  • Books placed on hold or recall by another patron may not be renewed.
  • Books that have already been renewed twice may not be renewed.
  • Single-issue periodicals may not be renewed.
Wichita State University Libraries, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0068 | Phone: (316) 978-3481 |