Borrowing Information

Lending library materials is one of the primary functions of the Scarborough Library. Our goals are to ensure that library users find the materials they need in the correct location, and to give knowledgeable and friendly assistance in all public services.

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Community

Your Shepherd University ID (Rambler) card is your library card. You are asked to present it each time you check out materials.

Materials may be returned to the Public Services desk or deposited in the book drop when the building is closed. An additional book drop is located in the Wellness Center on the West Campus. Items must be returned by the due date or renewed. The Library blocks further borrowing by any patron who fails to return materials and takes steps to recover items or to secure replacement costs. Any overdue items or fines will result in the student being unable to register for classes or receive a transcript until the items are returned and the fines are paid.

Loan Periods and Overdue Charges:

Undergraduate Students
Loan Period Type of Material Fine Due
28-day General book collection, Government Documents, bestsellers $.20 per day
10-day Audio visual materials, Curriculum Library, Pamphlets $.20 per day
1-day Loan Periodicals/Journals $1.00 per day
1, 2 and 4 Hour Loans Reserves $.50 per hour
1 Day, 2 Days, 4 Days,
7 Days, 14 Days
Reserves $.50 per day
Recalls Overdue RECALLED items $.50 per day

Graduate Students
Loan Period Type of Material Fine Due
28-day Bestsellers, Government Documents $.20 per day
Through end of current semester General Book Collection $.20 per day
10-day Audio visual materials, Curriculum Library $.20 per day
1-day Loan Periodicals/Journals $1.00 per day
1, 2 and 4 Hour Loans Reserves $.50 per hour
1 Day, 2 Days, 4 Days,
7 Days, 14 Days
Reserves $.50 per day
Recalls Overdue RECALLED items $.50 per day


Courtesy notices are mailed 5 days prior to the due date of a book with a loan period of 28 days.

Items that do not circulate include reference books, rare books and bound periodicals.

Recalled Items

If someone requests a book that you have checked out, you will be asked to return the book before its normal due date. You will be sent a recall notice informing you of the new due date. Overdue recall fines are $.50 per day.

Your Library Borrowing Record

To see a list of the items you have checked out, their due dates, or holds or recalls you've placed, from the Scarborough Library web site, click on Renew My Books Then enter the last 9 digits of your University/Rambler ID and your last name. Click the Login button. Once logged in, click the My Account link to take you to your personal library information.

Holds, Recalls and Fetch Requests

If you need an item that is checked-out, you may ask the Public Services staff to place a hold or recall and the item will be held for you when it is returned. If you would like a staff member to retrieve an item from the shelf for you, you may place a 'fetch' request in the online catalog. You will recieve an email notifying you when the item is available for pick up. It will be held for you at the Public Services desk. In addition to 'fetch' requests, you may also place holds and recalls in the library's online catalog. Follow the instructions below to place holds, recalls, or fetch requests in the library's online catalog:

  1. Click on the title of the item you want to recall, hold, or have fetched.
  2. Click on "Make a Request" to the right of the screen under "Actions".
  3. Enter your login information.
  4. Choose the action you would like to perform: Hold - place a hold on an item that is currenlty charged to another patron; Recall - place a recall on a book that is currently charged to another patron; or Fetch - have a library staff member retrieve an item from the shelf for you
  5. Enter your patron I.D. number.
  6. Click the "Submit" button.

Your Shepherd University ID (Rambler) card is your library card. You are asked to present it each time you check out materials.

Materials may be returned to the Public Services desk or deposited in the book drop when the building is closed. An additional book drop is located in the Wellness Center on the West Campus. Items must be returned by the due date or renewed. The Library blocks further borrowing by any patron who fails to return materials and takes steps to recover items or to secure replacement costs.

Faculty members are not charged overdue fines, but should request renewals for items needed beyond the due date.

Loan Periods:

Loan Period Type of Material
120-day General book collection, Government Documents
28-day Bestsellers
10-day Audio visual materials, Curriculum Library
One Day Loan Periodicals/Journals


Items that do not circulate include reference books, rare books and bound periodicals.

Courtesy notices are sent 5 days prior to the due date of a book with a loan period of at least 28 days.

Recalled Items

If someone requests a book that you have checked out, you will be asked to return the book before its normal due date. You will be sent a recall notice informing you of the new due date. Faculty members are subject to overdue recall fines of .50/day.

Your Library Borrowing Record

To see a list of the items you have checked out, their due dates, or holds or recalls you've placed, from the Scarborough Library web site, click on Renew My Books Then enter the last 9 digits of your University/Rambler ID and your last name. Click the Login button. Once logged in, click the My Account link to take you to your personal library information.

Holds, Recalls and Fetch Requests

If you need an item that is checked-out, you may ask the Public Services staff to place a hold or recall and the item will be held for you when it is returned. If you would like a staff member to retrieve an item from the shelf for you, you may place a 'fetch' request in the online catalog. You will receive an email notifying you when the item is available for pick up. It will be held for you at the Public Services desk. In addition to 'fetch' requests, you may also place holds and recalls in the library's online catalog. Follow the instructions below to place holds, recalls, or fetch requests in the library's online catalog:

  1. Click on the title of the item you want to recall, hold, or have fetched./li>
  2. Click on "Make a Request" to the right of the screen under "Actions".
  3. Enter your login information.
  4. Choose the action you would like to perform: Hold - place a hold on an item that is currenlty charged to another patron; Recall - place a recall on a book that is currently charged to another patron; or Fetch - have a library staff meember retrieve an item from the shelf for you.
  5. Enter your patron I.D. number.
  6. Click the "Submit" button.

Your Shepherd University ID (Rambler) card is your library card. You are asked to present it each time you check out materials.

Materials may be returned to the Public Services desk or deposited in the book drop when the building is closed. An additional book drop is located in the Wellness Center on the West Campus. Items must be returned by the due date or renewed. The Library blocks further borrowing by any patron who fails to return materials and takes steps to recover items or to secure replacement costs.

Staff members are not charged overdue fines, but should reuqest renewals of items needed beyond the original due date.

Loan Period Type of Material
28-day General book collection, Government Documents, bestsellers
10-day Audio visual materials, Curriculum Library
One Day Loan Periodicals/Journals

Courtesy notices for books with a 28 days loan period are sent to the patron 5 days prior to the due date of the item.

Items that do not circulate include reference books, rare books and bound periodicals.

Recalled Items

If someone requests a book that you have checked out, you will be asked to return the book before its normal due date. You will be sent a recall notice informing you of the new due date. Staff members are subject to overdue recall fines of .50/day.

Your Library Borrowing Record

To see a list of the items you have checked out, their due dates, or holds or recalls you've placed, from the Scarborough Library web site, click on Renew My Books Then enter the last 9 digits of your University/Rambler ID and your last name. Click the Login button. Once logged in, click the My Account link to take you to your personal library information.

Holds, Recalls and Fetch Requests

If you need an item that is checked-out, you may ask the Public Services staff to place a hold or recall and the item will be held for you when it is returned. If you would like a staff member to retrieve an item from the shelf for you, you may place a 'fetch' request in the online catalog. You will receive an email notifying you when the item is available for pick up. It will be held for you at the Public Services desk. In addition to 'fetch' requests, you may also place holds and recalls in the library's online catalog. Follow the instructions below to place holds, recalls, or fetch requests in the library's online catalog:

  1. Click on the title of the item you want to recall, hold, or have fetched./li>
  2. Click on "Make a Request" to the right of the screen under "Actions".
  3. Enter your login information.
  4. Choose the action you would like to perform: Hold - place a hold on an item that is currenlty charged to another patron; Recall - place a recall on a book that is currently charged to another patron; or Fetch - have a library staff meember retrieve an item from the shelf for you.
  5. Enter your patron I.D. number.
  6. Click the "Submit" button.

West Virginia residents over the age of 18, or high school graduates, may apply for borrowing privileges. To do so, resident borrowers must present a West Virginia driver's license, or other proof of state residency, such as a utility bill.

All Shepherd Alumni are eligible for borrowing privileges.

Library cards are issued at the Public Services desk.

Visitors not affiliated with Shepherd University are welcome to use the Library's resources on site.

Materials may be returned to the Public Services desk or deposited in the book drop when the building is closed. An additional book drop is located in the Wellness Center on the West Campus. Items must be returned by the due date or renewed. The Library blocks further borrowing by any patron who fails to return materials and takes steps to recover items or to secure replacement costs.

Fine & Overdue Policy
Loan Period Type of Material Fine Due
28-day General book collection, Government Documents, bestsellers $.20 per day
10-day Audio visual materials, Curriculum Library $.20 per day
One Day Loan Periodicals/Journals $1.00 per day
One and 2 Hour Loans Reserves $.50 per hour
1 Day, 2 Days, 4 Days,
7 Days, 14 Days
Reserves $.50 per day
Recalls Overdue RECALLED items $.50 per day


Courtesy notices for books with a 28 day loan period are sent to the patron 5 days prior to the due date of the item.

Recalled Items

If someone requests a book that you have checked out, you will be asked to return the book before its normal due date. You will be sent a recall notice informing you of the new due date. Overdue recall fines are $.50 per day.

Your Library Borrowing Record

To see a list of the items you have checked out, their due dates, or holds or recalls you've placed, from the Scarborough Library web site, click on Renew My Books Then enter the last 9 digits of your University/Rambler ID and your last name. Click the Login button. Once logged in, click the My Account link to take you to your personal library information.

Holds, Recalls and Fetch Requests

If you need an item that is checked-out, you may ask the Public Services staff to place a hold or recall and the item will be held for you when it is returned. If you would like a staff member to retrieve an item from the shelf for you, you may place a 'fetch' request in the online catalog. You will receive an email notifying you when the item is available for pick up. It will be held for you at the Public Services desk. In addition to 'fetch' requests, you may also place holds and recalls in the library's online catalog. Follow the instructions below to place holds, recalls, or fetch requests in the library's online catalog:

  1. Click on the title of the item you want to recall, hold, or have fetched./li>
  2. Click on "Make a Request" to the right of the screen under "Actions".
  3. Enter your login information.
  4. Choose the action you would like to perform: Hold - place a hold on an item that is currenlty charged to another patron; Recall - place a recall on a book that is currently charged to another patron; or Fetch - have a library staff meember retrieve an item from the shelf for you.
  5. Enter your patron I.D. number.
  6. Click the "Submit" button.


Interlibrary loan privileges are limited to current students, faculty, staff, and members of the Scarborough Society. Other library users should request interlibrary loan services through their public library. For information about joining the Scarborough Society, go to the Scarborough Society webpage.