Circulating items: books, noncurrent magazines, reserve materials, DVDs, calculators, laptops, Chromebooks, and other equipment.
Non-circulating items: reference materials, reserve materials (library use only), and current issue magazines. These items must be used in the library.
The loan period is four weeks for most items, with unlimited renewal as long as no requests exist for the item. Library reserves is the only collection with varying loan periods. Loan periods are determined by the materials' owner.
The number of items borrowed is limited by borrower status. Students and staff may borrow up to 30 items. Community members may borrow up to 15 items.
Materials may be transferred from one campus library to the other. It may take up to three business days for the material to be received.
Requests for materials from the other campus library and renewals may be made online, in person, by phone, or by email. When an item is available for pickup, patrons will be emailed through their college student account. Community borrowers will be contacted via email. Patrons have one week to pick up their materials.
All items may be returned to either campus library. DVDs should not be placed in outdoor book drops.
Members of the college community may borrow items at other participating institutions through the Library’s participation in VIVA’s Cooperative Borrowing Program. This program allows students, faculty, and staff at VIVA institutions to borrow materials on-site from any participating library; items must also be returned at that library. Details can be found on VIVA’s site.
Fines and Fees
Materials from the library collections do not accrue fines. If items are overdue, the library will send a reminder. If items are overdue for more than 90 days they are considered delinquent or lost. If the item is not returned, patrons will be billed for the delinquent/lost items. Patrons will be billed for damaged items. Two additional notices are sent to the patron. Lost items may prevent students from registering for classes, graduating, or receiving college transcripts. The Commonwealth of Virginia may recover fees from an individual's state income tax refund, or other such monies issued by the Commonwealth, such as lottery winnings.
Exceptions: Textbook Bank
Some Textbook Bank items are for use only in the library. Some may be checked out for one-day, three-day, or one-week periods.
Delinquent and Damaged Items
If an item is not returned, the patron will receive a notice that the item is lost and there is a replacement fee. The patron’s library account will be blocked and the patron will be unable to check out library materials until the item is returned or they pay the replacement cost. The cost for the item will be assessed by the library, based on the list price of the book from the library’s vendors.
A service indicator may be placed on a student’s college account after the item has been lost. Unpaid library obligations may prevent patrons from checking out materials, registering for classes or obtaining grade transcripts.
Lost technology will be assessed the replacement cost of the item.
The Library reserves the right to revoke Interlibrary Loan privileges if patrons lose items or return them in damaged condition.
The Library does not accept patron-purchased replacement copies of lost material in lieu of payment of the replacement fee.
Once paid, the lost or damaged title becomes the property of the student.
The Library cannot issue refunds.