Blackwell Library
Holloway Hall

Circulation: Policies

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General Collection:

25 cents per day per item to a maximum of $7.50. After 30 days, the item will be presumed lost.


Hourly:  $1.00 per hour per item up to a maximum of $10.00.
Daily:  $2.00 per day per item up to a maximum of $20.00. After 30 days, the item will
be presumed lost.


Daily: $10.00 per day up to a maximum of $50.00. After 5 days, the iPad will be presumed lost.
Lost or Damaged: $500.00 replacement fee for iPad, $50 replacement fee for charging cord and/or power adapter.

Lost Materials:

$35.00 replacement cost & $15.00 processing fee.

Note:  Replacement book(s) not accepted in lieu of replacement cost(s).
Lost book payment reimbursements will only be made to patrons who have had active accounts within the previous five years.

Overdue Recalls:

$1.00 per item per day up to a maximum of $30.00.
After 30 days, the item will be presumed lost.

ILL Books:

Overdue fees or material replacement costs charged by the lending library. Both ILL
account and Circulation account may be blocked until fees/costs are paid.

Loans from other USMAI Libraries (PPH):

Fines are determined by the lending library and must be paid directly to them.

Faculty are responsible for: Lost Materials, Overdue Recalls (including those owned by
SU), ILL Books and Loans from other USMAI Libraries.

Patrons receive circulation notices via e-mail: Circulation notices
are automatically delivered via e-mail to all library patrons. Library patrons are responsible
for being aware of library policies and procedures, monitoring when items they borrow are
due back to the library, and reading e-mail messages on a regular basis. Notices are
delivered as a courtesy only.
Failure to receive an email does not release patron from his or her responsibility to return items on time and pay all accrued fines.

Item Loan Periods

Show loan periods for:

Item Type Loan Period for Undergraduate Students Renewals
General Collection Books 28 days 56 days 1 semester 1 semester 1 semester 28 days 28 days 28 days (limit 3 items) 28 days 28 days 28 days 1 semester 28 days 28 days (limit 3 items) 28 days 28 days Unlimited
Leisure Collection Books 28 days 1 Renewal
CDs 7 days 3 Renewals
DVDs, & VHSs 7 days 1 Renewal
Laptops* & Headphones 3 hours Unlimited
iPads/Tablets* 2 weeks No Renewals
*SU Faculty, Staff & Students only.

Mobile Device Policy

The following policies apply to the circulation of mobile devices (including laptops, netbooks, and iPads/tablets), and should be read and thoroughly understood prior to checking out a device.


  • Devices can only be checked out by SU Library primary patrons including current students, faculty & staff.
  • A current Gull Card must be presented each time a device is checked out.
  • The Library reserves the right to refuse service to anyone who abuses equipment or is repeatedly late in returning devices.

Availability & Time Limits:

  • All Laptops/Netbooks, iPads, and iPods cannot be reserved ahead of time and are checked out on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Laptops/Netbooks can be checked out for 3 hours and may be renewed. iPads/Tablets and iPods can be checked out for 2 weeks and may NOT be renewed.
  • Laptops/Netbooks are for use in the library only and cannot be taken out of the building. iPads/Tablets and iPods may be taken out of the building.
  • Devices must be checked in 30 minutes prior to closing or 11:30 p.m., whichever is earlier.

Non-Circulating Materials

The following materials do not circulate outside of Blackwell Library:

  • Accounting Reference Materials
  • A-V Equipment
  • Faculty Scholarship (Faculty Collection)
  • Maryland Collection Materials
  • Masters Degree Theses
  • Microforms
  • Journals/Magazines/Newspapers
  • Rare Books
  • Reference Materials
  • SU Archive Materials
  • Film Press Kits


Public photocopiers are located on the first floor near the Circulation Desk.

  • Black & white copies (.10 per page)

Faculty may ask at the Circulation Desk for their departmental copy card to be used at a
designated photocopier.


Occasionally, materials are recalled. From the date of the recall notice, borrowers have 14
days to return the material. If materials are not returned by the new recall date, special
recall fines will apply (see Fines above).


SU & Direct Borrowing Renewals:

Most SU & Direct Borrowing items may be renewed:

  • through 'My Account' in the library catalog
  • by phone - 410-543-6130
  • at the Circulation Desk

NOTE: SU does not have a renewal limit, but other USMAI libraries may have differing limits on the number of times an item can be renewed.

Interlibrary Loan Renewals:

Renewal requests should be made 5 days before the due date listed on the sticker on
the cover of the ILL item. The lending library determines whether or not to renew the
item. Requests should be made by contacting the Interlibrary Loan Office by:

NOTE: ILL items cannot be renewed in 'My Account' through the library's catalog.


To avoid fines, patrons should return borrowed items by the due date indicated on the date due slip or recall notice. Items can be returned to the book depository at the Circulation Desk or to the outside depository at the front entrance. For your convenience, return receipts are available.