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Circulation Policies & Procedures
Check out is limited to current WIU students, WIU faculty and WIU staff. To borrow materials from the Curriculum Library, patrons must show a WIU Photo ID.
The automated circulation system will check out items for two weeks. If needed, patrons are allowed a maximum of one renewal, of two weeks, per item.
Materials may be returned to the drop in the hallway outside of the Curriculum Library or the drop in the Circulation desk inside the Curriculum Library.
There are three ways available to renew books:
- Renew books borrowed from the Curriculum Library by calling the circulation desk at (309) 298-3035. To renew by phone, patrons must have the item(s) with them, as they will be asked for the barcode number of the material(s).
- Bring books to the circulation desk to get them renewed.
- Renew books directly in WestCat (using the MyAccount feature) from a public workstation in the library or by remote access through the Internet.
Curriculum Library policy allows a maximum of one renewal per item. After one renewal the material(s) must be returned to the Curriculum Library to avoid the possibility of sanction.
Overdues and Fines
At the time the book is overdue a reminder notice is sent to the borrower, and if the item is not returned 2 weeks from the date the book was due, a second notice is generated. If material still has not been returned and a third notice is produced (i.e. 21 days from the due date), a $10.00 non-refundable fine is assessed to the student's university account. After an item is overdue for 5 weeks the computer changes the status of the book to Assumed Lost and a fourth notice and letter are sent. Students receive an additional charge of $75.00 or the cost of the book (whichever is greater). This extra charge is refunded (cancelled) if the item is returned.
The purpose of fines is simply to ensure that books are returned. Fines which are charged to student accounts are paid into the University's Income Fund and do not benefit the library directly.
Questions concerning overdues and fines should be addressed to Ryan Buller in the Access Services Office on the main level of the Main Library at RF-Buller@wiu.edu or 309-298-2759 during regular office hours.