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To borrow library materials, patrons must go to the Public Services desk located near the main entrance of the library. Shepherd students and employees must present their Shepherd University ID (Rambler) card while other borrowers must present their Scarborough Library card.

Loan Periods and Fine Policies by Patron Type:

Students Faculty Staff Alumni Community Members Scarborough Society Members

Courtesy notices are mailed 5 days prior to the due date of a library item.


Patrons are financially responsible for items checked out on their library account and can pay fines with their Shepherd University ID (Rambler), cash, check or credit card at the Public Services desk.

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.

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, 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.


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.


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. Patrons will receive an email notifying them that the hold library item can be picked up at the Public Services desk.