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Borrowing

To borrow library materials, Shepherd students and employees must present their Shepherd University ID (Rambler) card. Members of the community who are West Virginia residents aged 18 and above may obtain a free library card at the Public Services desk.

Checking out library materials may be done at the Public Services desk or by using the self-checkout system on your smart phone or at the stations located in front of the Public Services desk and on the third floor . The due date(s) for each item will be emailed to you.

Loan Periods and Fine Policies by Patron Type:

Students Faculty Staff Alumni Community Members Scarborough Society Members

Courtesy notices are emailed 5 days prior to the due date.

Fines

INTERLIBRARY LOANS

A fine of $1.00/day is charged for each overdue interlibrary loan item. Fines accrue per item with no maximum charge.

Once the item has been returned to the library, fines must be paid at the Business Office located in Ikenberry Hall (304)-876-5284 during regular business hours Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m.

Patrons must request a form at the Public Services desk to take to the Business Office indicating the amount due. The Business Office will sign and stamp the form indicating that the fee has been paid. The patron must return the signed form to the Public Services desk, so a desk attendant can update the patron’s library account to ‘paid’.

Acceptable forms of payment include Shepherd University ID (Rambler), cash, check, or credit/debit card.

If the interlibrary loan item is lost or damaged, contact the Interlibrary Loan Coordinator – Patrick Weber (pweber@shepherd.edu) (304)-876-5691 – for the replacement cost, which is determined by the lending library.

GROUP STUDY and CONFERENCE ROOMS

A fine of $1.00/hour is charged for overdue room keys. Fines accrue per item with no maximum charge.

Once the item has been returned to the library, fines must be paid at the Business Office located in Ikenberry Hall (304)-876-5284 during regular business hours Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m.

Patrons must request a form at the Public Services desk to take to the Business Office indicating the amount due. The Business Office will sign and stamp the form indicating that the fee has been paid. The patron must return the signed form to the Public Services desk, so a desk attendant can update the patron’s library account to ‘paid’.

Acceptable forms of payment include Shepherd University ID (Rambler), cash, check, or credit/debit card.

Lost or Damaged Library Materials
Patrons are responsible for the replacement cost of lost or damaged library materials. The replacement charge for all library materials is the current price of the particular item plus an additional $15.00 processing fee. Contact the library (304)876-5421 for the replacement charges which must then be paid at the Business Office located in Ikenberry Hall during regular business hours Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Patrons must request a form at the Public Services desk to take to the Business Office indicating the amount due. The Business Office will sign and stamp the form indicating that the fee has been paid. The patron must return the signed form to the Public Services desk, so a desk attendant can update the patron’s library account to ‘paid’.

Acceptable forms of payment include Shepherd University ID (Rambler), cash, check, or credit/debit card. Contact the Business Office for further information (304)876-5284.

Policy for lost and damaged laptops

Suspension of Library Privileges
Students with overdue items are prohibited from further borrowing. Registration for classes is blocked and transcripts will not be released until all financial obligations are met. Once the student has returned all overdue items and/or paid all outstanding library fines and fees, at the Business Office located in Ikenberry Hall, the library will release all holds. Students should allow one business day for release of a hold after all fines and fees have been paid.

Renewals

To renew items before the due date, patrons may sign in to My Library Account.
To renew items that have reached or exceeded the due date, patrons must contact the Public Services desk during normal operating hours either in person or by phone at 304-876-5421.

Returns

Library items may be returned to the Public Services desk or deposited in the outside book drop when the building is closed.

Hold Requests

Patrons may place a hold on an item that is checked out to another patron. Log into ‘My Account’, search for the item record in WorldCat Discovery, click on the title, then select ‘Place Hold’. For items that are not checked out, you are welcome to retrieve the item yourself, or select the title in the catalog and click on ‘Place Hold’.  A library staff member will  retrieve  the item for you.   You will receive an email notification when the item is available for pick-up at the Public Services desk.