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Circulation Service

Circulation Service at the Circulation Desk provides the lending of library materials during all hours of library operation.

Library staff and student staff are available to answer questions and help you to locate, check out and return books and other materials.

This service is offered to students, faculty and staff with a valid SLU ID.

Visitors who would like to consult the library's resources will need to write to library-madrid@slu.edu explaining their reasons for wishing to use the library. Once authorization is granted, the visitor will be given reader privileges and be extended a visitor's pass for a stipulated time period.

Loan Periods for Collection Items

Students
Patron Material Type Loan Periods Number of Renewals Maximum Checkouts
Undergraduate Books (General Collection) 21 days One 10
Graduate Books (General Collection 90 days One 15
All students Textbooks on reserve Two hours One (one hour) Two
Course reserve books Two hours or one to seven days  One Two
Journals Three days (older issues)   Three
Newspapers Used only in library    
Audiovisuals Three days  One  Two

 

No fines will be charged on overdue books from general collection, if returned within seven days after the due date. Patrons returning books after the seven-day grace period will be charged the fine, retroactive to original date due.

Students with overdue materials will have to pay an automatic 5 euros penalty as well as 1.50 euros for each day the item remains out.

Fines should be paid when overdue materials are returned. A hold will be placed on student’s academic record until matter has been cleared up.

The library administration sends out reminders about overdue materials on regular basis, which patrons are asked to honor. The library will conduct a thorough search for overdue items prior to placing holds on grade records or initiating final billing. Failure to receive a notice does not, however, exempt a borrower from responsibility to return materials on time and does not constitute grounds for cancellation of fines or fees.

Students who lose and/or return items in a damaged condition will be asked to pay a replacement or repair fee.

Faculty and Staff
Material Type Loan Periods
Books (General Collection) 120 days* (Faculty)
30 days* (Staff)
Reserve Materials Not available for loans to staff unless enrolled in the class
Journal Seven days (Older issues; three maximum checkouts)
Newspapers  Used only in library
Audiovisuals Three days

* Any and all books on loan are subject to recall after seven days if another user requests them.

Faculty and staff are asked to return materials out on loan on time. Notices are sent out regularly to inform borrowers of overdue items.

Faculty and staff who lose and/or return items in a damaged condition will be asked to pay a replacement or repair fee.

Renewals

Books that:

  • are within 7 days of their due date
  • are not overdue
  • have not been requested by another borrower
  • have not reached the renewal limit

May be reviewed using the Library Catalog.  To renew items, use the following steps.

  • Login to your Library Account.
  • You can review selected items by placing a check in the box next to the item title and clicking on Renew Selected.
  • Or you can click on Renew All to review everything you have checked out.
  • New due dates will be displayed in addition to the word Renewed in italics.
  • Please note, items that other patrons have placed on hold and items with restricted loan periods cannot be renewed; a system message will tell you if renewal is not possible.

SLU Madrid Library patrons may also renew by email, or by bringing materials to the Circulation Desk. If a book has reached its renewal limit, it must be brought to the Circulation Desk to be checked in before it can be renewed again.

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A "hold" is placed on registration, transcript and diplomas for all non-returned library materials and/or unpaid fines.

All outstanding books and fines must be taken care of prior to graduation. Students are encouraged to check their library records by logging into their library accounts at https://libcat.slu.edu/patroninfo/ or by writing to library-madrid@slu.edu.

All fines must be paid at the Circulation Desk or at the Finance Department (Padre Arrupe Hall).