Borrowing & Circulation
Books in the general collection are available for loan for 30 days. The fine for overdue books is 50 cents per day.
Books in the juvenile/young adult collection are available for loan for 30 days. The fine for these overdue books is 50 cents per day.
CDs and DVDs are available for loan for 30 days. The fine for these items is 50 cents per day.
iPads may be used outside the library and are available for loan for seven (7) days. The fine for overdue iPads is $10 per day (Max fine $50.00).
Laptops Computers and Accessories
In Carlson Library, you may borrow a laptop until the end of the day inside the library. There is no fine unless the item becomes lost.
At Suhr Library at Venango College, you may borrow a laptop and its accessories for use outside of the library for one (1) day. The fine on overdue equipment is $25 per day.
Our most recent periodicals (those not yet ten years old) are available to borrow for one (1) day. The fine on these overdue periodicals is $1 per day.
Periodicals that are 10 years old - or older - are available to borrow for seven (7) days. The fine on these overdue periodicals also is $1 per day.
Items placed on reserve by professors for class use have various loan periods. The fine on reserve materials is $1 per day.
If there is no "hold" on the material, it may be renewed for a second borrowing period (excluding iPads). Prior to the due date, materials may be renewed in-person, online, or by telephone. Overdue materials must be presented at the circulation desk for renewal consideration.
Did you know that you can use our Website to renew the loan period for items checked out from Clarion University Libraries?
- At the Libraries homepage click on the Library Catalog link in the green "Research" box. At the library catalog search screen, click on the Renew Books link located in the upper right corner of the screen. You will be asked for your
patron ID number.
- Students: Your patron ID number is 9 + your Clarion ID number. Get help determining your Clarion ID number.
- Employees: Your patron ID number is a nine digit number consisting of a series of leading zeros followed by your employee ID number (from your pay stub). Use enough preceding zeros to create a nine-digit number.
- At the Libraries homepage click on the Library Catalog link in the green "Research" box. At the library catalog search screen, click on the Renew Books link located in the upper right corner of the screen. You will be asked for your patron ID number.
FINES AND FEES
The maximum amount of fines charged against any overdue item (with the exception of iPads, laptop computers, reserves, and periodicals) is $24.50.
Lost Item Replacement Fees
An item is declared "lost" when it is forty-nine (49) days overdue. The library system automatically charges the patron twenty dollars ($20) as a Lost Item Processing Fee to help over the costs associated with ordering and processing (shipping, cataloging, bar-coding, labeling, etc.). This charge is in addition to the replacement cost of the material.
The Libraries also charges the patron for the replacement cost of a lost item. If the item is no longer available, the charge for an approved title (similar in nature) is used. Library staff determine the replacement cost using recognized library vendors. If the material is no longer listed for purchase in current or out-of-print sources, the collection development librarian - or Dean of Libraries - is consulted to determine if the original purchase price, estimated price for comparable replacement, or average market price for similar materials is most appropriate.
The following prices are suggested minimum costs based on publishing industry averages:
• General academic book - $75
• Specialized book in category such as art or sciences - $100
• Juvenile book - $20
• General Video or DVD - $20
• Special Video or DVD set - $100
• Music CD - $20
Items Returned After Lost Item Fee Is Paid
On occasion, patrons return materials that have been declared "lost" and have been billed and paid for replacement. The Library has the option of whether or not to accept the returned item and refund the replacement fee depending upon:
- condition of the item, and
- if the library has already replaced the item.
Materials must generally be returned within four months of the original charge date in order to receive credit for the Lost Item Replacement Fee. Library staff may credit the patron's account for the Lost Item Replacement Fee and the Lost Item Processing Fee but not accrued fines.
InterLibrary Loan (ILL) Fees and Fines
See the InterLibrary Loan Policy for fines and fees associated with items borrowed from other libraries.
Circulation, and Related, Policies