The services and policies explained in this document apply to UNL undergraduate, graduate students, UNL faculty members, UNL staff and Community Members. Community Members in this document are defined as: Members of the UNL Alumni Association, UNL Reciprocal Borrowers, and residents of Nebraska. Anyone may browse the collections; however, a university ID card (NCARD), or Community Member card is needed to check out materials.
The NCARD is your library user card if you are affiliated as a student or employee of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. UNL policy states that all UNL undergraduate and graduate students currently registered for one credit hour or more, UNL faculty members and UNL staff must have a current university picture ID card. ITEMS WILL NOT BE CHARGED OUT WITHOUT PRESENTATION OF A CURRENT NCARD.
The NCARD can be obtained at the ID card office in the City Campus Union. NCARD records are automatically loaded into the library's database. Changes in personal information must be made in Registration and Records (students) or Human Resources (employees).
LIBRARY CARDS FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS
1 year - $50.00
3 month - $25.00 (renewable)
Computer use only (no checkouts allowed) - no charge
All library materials must be checked out before leaving the library. The borrower is financially responsible for each item charged on their card until the items are returned. If your card is lost or stolen, you must report it immediately to any UNL circulation desk. Any materials charged to a lost card that has not been reported will be the responsibility of the individual to whom the card is issued. Cards may only be used by the person to whom they are issued. Materials must be returned in the same condition as when they were checked out. There will be no transfer of overdues or fines from one borrower to another.
Reserve materials must be returned to the circulation desk from which they were checked out. Most other items may be returned to any UNL library or, when the library is closed, to the outside book return bins where provided. Bins at Love, C.Y. Thompson and Architecture Libraries are open 24 hours. ITEMS RETURNED TO THE OUTSIDE BINS AFTER LIBRARY HOURS ARE CONSIDERED THE NEXT WORKING DAY'S BUSINESS. A receipt may be requested at a circulation desk for all items returned to that desk. Please request the receipt prior to our checking materials in. Materials that have been checked out must be returned to a University Library circulation desk or bin. Checked out materials left on tables, bookcases, etc will not be discharged, and late return fines will apply when they are located.
Patrons must exit the library at closing.
AUTHORIZED USERS SERVICE (For Faculty and Corporate Use)
The UNL Libraries uphold the principles set forth in the American Library Association Statement on Professional Ethics that states that circulation records will remain confidential. Contact the Love Library or C.Y. Thompson circulation desks for further information on this policy.
The University Libraries and University Counsel will comply with agents conducting an investigation resulting from invocation of the USA Patriot's Act.
Students may have up to 99 items checked out on their record. Monographs circulate for 28 days to undergraduates with twelve 28-day renewals; 56 days to graduate students and staff with five 56-day renewals. All eight, four and most one week loans are renewable unless a recall has been placed on them. Most bound periodicals circulate 3 days and may be renewed once. Reserve materials cannot be renewed. Loan periods for other material (thesis, bound journals, reserve items, etc.) may vary based on the type of the material and the branch from which it is being charged. Please consult specific branches for loan period information. Not all UNL libraries operate on the same calendar. This may affect loan periods. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING WHEN YOUR BOOKS ARE DUE AND RETURNING OR RENEWING THEM ON TIME. Please consult the staff at a Circulation Desk if you have questions.
Faculty may check out circulating monographs for 140 days with eight 140-day renewals. All eight, four and most one week loans are renewable unless a recall has been placed on them. Faculty are not exempt from recalls. Loan periods for other material (thesis, bound journals, reserve items, etc.) may vary based on the type of the material and the branch from which it is being charged. Please consult specific branches for loan period information. You are responsible for knowing when your books are due and returning or renewing them on time.
Monographs circulate for 56 days to staff with five 56-day renewals. All eight, four and most one week loans are renewable unless a recall has been placed on them. Most bound periodicals circulate 3 days and may be renewed once. Reserve materials cannot be renewed. Loan periods for other material (thesis, bound journals, reserve items, etc.) may vary based on the type of the material and the branch from which it is being charged. Please consult specific branches for loan period information. Not all UNL libraries operate on the same calendar. This may affect loan periods. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING WHEN YOUR BOOKS ARE DUE AND RETURNING OR RENEWING THEM ON TIME. Please consult the staff at a Circulation Desk if you have questions.
COMMUNITY MEMBER CARD HOLDERS
Monographs circulate for 28 days with one 28-day renewal. A limit of twenty items is strictly enforced. Bound and unbound periodicals cannot be checked out. Loan periods for other material (thesis, bound journals, reserve items, etc.) may vary based on the type of the material and the branch from which it is being charged. Please consult specific branches for loan period information. Not all UNL libraries operate on the same calendar. This may affect loan periods. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING WHEN YOUR BOOKS ARE DUE AND RETURNING OR RENEWING THEM ON TIME. Please consult the staff at the Circulation Desk if you have questions.
Follow this link for questions regarding off campus access: http://libraries.unl.edu/starting#accessing
HOW TO RENEW A LOAN
You may extend the use of most materials by choosing one of the following options. Please remember to have your NCARD or Library card available.
OVERDUE MATERIALS ARE SUBJECT TO FINES. IF FINES APPLY, THEY WILL BE CHARGED TO YOUR RECORD.
- Request renewal of your material(s) at the circulation desk of any UNL library. You are not required to have the material(s) with you for this service. Please stay until the transaction is completed, the new due dates are verified, and any fees/fines are paid.
- Telephone the circulation desk of any UNL library. Ask to renew the item(s) on your record. Patrons are encouraged to stay on the phone until the transaction is completed; due dates are verified and any fees/fines are communicated.
- Bring the overdue notice to any UNL circulation desk and request renewal of the item(s) listed. Please stay until the new due dates are verified, and any fees/fines are paid.
- Mail the overdue notice(s) to the circulation desk of any UNL library. On the overdue notice, write "RENEW". Users should log in to My Library to check on any fees/fines and the new date.
- Renew using My Library at the UNL Libraries web site. Renewals may not be allowed if there are blocks on your record, i.e., books already overdue, too much money owed, patron record expired, etc. Please direct questions about this service to the circulation desk at Love or any of the branches.
- If you receive an electronic overdue notice via e-mail return the message with a request to renew, or use any of the above options.
Once items have been renewed the maximum number of times, or the status has gone to MISSING, the items must be returned to ascertain their physical condition and be left in the library for 24 hours prior to being checked out again. This policy applies to all patrons.
FACULTY RENEWALS / MISSING
You will be able to see which items you currently have checked out and any fines you may have accrued, as well as other information, by accessing the libraries home page at the libraries.unl.edu, and choosing My Library.
Library users on one UNL campus may request materials from libraries on the other UNL campus, Storage, Schmid Law Library or the LDRF. If the requested materials are available for circulation and show a status of "AVAILABLE", "ASK AT CIRC", or "REQUEST ITEM", the materials can generally be delivered in two to seven working days. Requests can be made online at https://cors0802.unl.edu/illiad/logon.html, then click on "ILLIAD" under Get Materials.
UNL Libraries usually have only one copy of each title to support the information needs of the entire UNL community. Therefore, UNL Libraries reserve the right to RECALL any items requested by someone else after 14 days. Materials needed for Reserves by the Libraries may be recalled at any time. RECALLED ITEMS MAY NOT BE RENEWED. Faculty are not exempt from recall requests.
Electronic access to place a recall is available via WebBridge. Paper forms are also available.
Please note: 1) The form must be completely filled out in order for it to be processed. 2) Recalls cannot be placed on reserve materials or periodicals. 3) Books can only be recalled if a due date appears in the status box on the UNL Catalog of Libraries Holdings.
Items that are checked out can be requested through inter-library loan. Note on the form that our copy is checked out.
TO RESPOND TO A RECALL
When you receive a recall notice for an item needed by another patron, return the item by the date indicated on the notice. Failure to respond will result in an overdue fine being charged and a suspension of borrowing privileges until the item is returned. UNRETURNED RECALLS ACCRUE AN OVERDUE FINE OF $1.00 PER DAY TO A MAXIMUM OF $10.00.
If you need the item back after the second borrower has finished with it, you may recall the item.
If an item is neither on the shelf nor checked out, you may wish to have the library staff search for it. To request a search, consult the staff at the circulation desk of any UNL library. You will be notified when the item is found. Items on search can be requested via inter-library loan. Note that our copy is not on the shelf.
Bound periodicals cannot be searched.
OVERDUE FINES* AND OTHER CHARGES
Fine inquiries can be made at any circulation desk, by phone, or by accessing MY LIBRARY at the UNL Libraries web site. Patrons are responsible for payment of all fines at they time they are levied. Overdue notices are mailed (via e-mail or regular mail) on a regular basis. OVERDUE NOTICES ARE A COURTESY. PATRONS ARE NOT EXEMPT FROM FINES SHOULD NOTICES NOT BE RECEIVED EITHER BY REGULAR MAIL OR ELECTRONICALLY. REGISTRATION HOLDS MUST BE PAID IN FULL.
*UNL faculty and staff are exempt from daily overdue fines.
4-hour loans (headphones/ethernet cords): $5.00 for each hour (or portion of an hour).
NO GRACE PERIOD
One day loan: $1.50 per item per day overdue.
NO GRACE PERIOD
Three day loan: $1.00 per item per day overdue.
NO GRACE PERIOD
One week loan: $1.00 per item per day
NO GRACE PERIOD
Four, six, and eight week loans: $.25 per item per day
NO GRACE PERIOD
Maximum fine: $10.00.
After a period of 42 days overdue, patrons will be billed for the replacement cost of the item. If the item is returned after being billed, the fine will be adjusted to $10.00.
2 hour loan: $1.00 each hour the library is open
NO GRACE PERIOD
1 day loan: $3.00 each day the library is open
NO GRACE PERIOD
3 and 7 day loan: $1.00 each day the library is open
NO GRACE PERIOD
Laptops: $5 for each hour (or portion of an hour)
NO GRACE PERIOD
Love study rooms (2 hour loan): $25.00
NO GRACE PERIOD
Maximum fine: $25.00.
Unreturned Recalls: $1.00 each day the library is open
NO GRACE PERIOD
Maximum fine: $10.00.
Fee Charged for Replacement Community User Card
Government Documents Replacement Costs
• Up to and including 8 pages/maps $10.00
• Up to 20 pages/maps $25.00
• 21 + pages $50.00
• CD $60.00
Processing and Billing Fees
• Books/Documents $15.00
• Bound Periodicals $15.00
• Theses $15.00
• Unbound Current Periodicals $15.00
• DVD $15.00
Microformat Portable Reader
• Daily fine $5.00
NO GRACE PERIOD
Maximum fine $25.00
Binding Fee (When applicable) $10.00
Item(s) with 10 or fewer missing pages will be assessed a $6.00 processing fee and $.40 per page replacement charge; item(s) with more than 10 missing pages must be replaced with a new copy. Information regarding replacement cost on other formats such as records, compact discs, and videotapes may be obtained at the Circulation Desk at Love Library.
Standard replacement cost:
The standard replacement cost for print materials is $125.00 plus billing and/or processing fees of up to $15.00. Replacement costs for other types of materials and digital media vary.
The UNL Libraries reserve the right to revise the charges on out of print or more expensive items. The Libraries provide the option of purchasing a replacement item in unused or new condition, or an unused or new edition item acceptable to the appropriate subject specialist or library staff member.
Patron records are blocked when fines/fees reach $2.00. At that point, fines/fees should be paid in full. Payments can be made by cash, check or NCard. Fines and other charges may be paid at Love and C.Y. Thompson Libraries any time the libraries are open or at any other UNL Library during business hours, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Checks should be written to UNL Libraries and sent to the following address:
104 Love Library
13th and R St.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln NE 68588-4102
INSUFFICIENT FUND CHECKS will be assessed a $30.00 fee per check.
TELEPHONE NUMBERS/HOURS UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Phone numbers and building hours are available at libraries.unl.edu
Emeriti faculty are eligible for all privileges they received as regular faculty. Questions should be directed to the Circulation Desk at Love Library.
SERVICES FOR DISABLED PATRONS
The University Libraries provide a number of services for disabled patrons. For a description of these services please consult the library guide entitled "Library Services for Disabled Patrons" on the libraries' home page. Electronic book retrieval is available online on the UNL Libraries web site. Click on "Services" at libraries.unl.edu
C.Y. Thompson Library's handicapped accessible entrance is on the west side of the building. Handicapped parking is on the east side of the building. Those with limited mobility wanting access to the building through the east service entrance may use the wall phone located inside the east service entrance to request assistance.
Please use cellular phones, pagers and other electronic devices responsibly, so as not to disturb other library users. If you must use them, set phones and pagers on non- or low-audible signals and keep conversations brief and quiet. If possible, move to a less populated area of the library. The use of cellular phones is not permitted in the Love South 4th floor study carrels, or the reading room on the east side of Love South 2nd floor.
THEFT AND DAMAGE
Library materials are state property. Theft or vandalism is a criminal offense. The University Libraries will prosecute. UNL students will be referred to the Student Judicial Affairs Office. Community Member Card holders will be contacted by UNL Police. The Libraries will assess a fee for damage such as torn out pages, highlighting, water or pet damage, or placing post-it notes as markers.
FOOD AND DRINK
Beverages are allowed, if they are in rigid containers with firmly attached lids. This excludes paper or styrofoam containers.
Food is discouraged in all areas of the university library system except in the vending area in Love and C.Y. Thompson Library. If you are asked by a staff member to discard food or drink, please do so promptly. Failure to comply with a request by the library staff is a violation of the student conduct code.
Branch policies may vary.
Use of tobacco products is prohibited in all of the University Libraries. If you are asked by a staff member to discard any form of tobacco, please do so promptly. Failure to comply with a request by the library staff is a violation of the student conduct code.
LOST AND FOUND
In keeping with the policy adopted by the UNL Campus Police, staff will accept and attempt to find the owner for items for which a value can be estimated. For the full text of this policy, please look under "Lost and Found Policy" at libraries.unl.edu
The availability of computers with Internet access in the Libraries is constrained by funds and space.
Because funding for public-access computers comes from student technology fees, the UNL Libraries must ensure that University students have priority use. As an institution partially funded with state dollars, the University Libraries also provides limited computer/Internet access as a courtesy to the general public. Internet access is widely available elsewhere in the Lincoln area, including the various branches of the Lincoln City Libraries.
Users are reminded that all computer use must comply with the University of Nebraska's policy on responsible use of computers. That information is available here: http://ianr.busctr.unl.edu/bbc/forms/UNL%20Computer%20Use%20Policy.pdf Violation of this policy can result in revocation of the user's card and possible intervention by university police.
LAPTOP COMPUTERS (unavailable for Community Member card holders)
Laptops are available for loan at the circulation desk of Love Library, Engineering Library, and C.Y. Thompson Library. They are for research purposes ONLY. The loan period is 4 hours. Charges are levied for late returns, damage and loss. For complete information, see "Laptop Policies" under the "Circulation" section.
STUDY ROOMS (Study rooms can only be checked out by currently enrolled UNL students.)
Love Library has 8 study rooms available for groups of 2 to 8 people. Keys may be checked out at the Circulation Desk. The occupancy period is two hours. A charge of $25.00 will be assessed if the key is returned late. There is no grace period. Other charges may apply if a key is lost or a room is damaged.
Study Rooms are also available at C.Y. Thompson and Engineering Libraries.
Groups larger than 10, not using a study room, are prohibited.
Lockers are available for rent at Love Library. Cost is $15.00 per semester, which includes required use of a combination lock provided by the Libraries. Use of the locker is limited to current UNL students, faculty and staff. 1/2 lockers are available for $7.00 per semester.
Food and drink cannot be stored in the lockers. Library materials kept in a locker must be checked out. The library is not responsible for personal belongings left in the locker. Library personnel may check the locker periodically to check for uncharged library items, food and drink.
Rental arrangements can be made at the south circulation desk of Love Library.
RECIPROCAL RETURN SERVICE
All five University of Nebraska campuses offer a service to patrons who check materials out from one campus and wish to return them from another. The item can be dropped off, or if a receipt is preferred, one can be requested from a Circulation staff member when the item is turned in at any circulation desk. Any fees at the home library apply.
STATE WIDE RECIPROCAL BORROWING
Students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln may borrow materials from other higher education institutions in Nebraska. Please follow this link for information: http://www.nebraskalibraries.org/cu/reciprocal.html.