Borrowing Guidelines

While the primary purpose of Lucy Scribner Library is to provide service to the students, faculty, and staff of Skidmore College, the library is open to the public and guests are welcome to make use of print materials while on site. Books, audio-visual materials, and some audio-visual equipment circulate to qualified borrowers; materials in Special Collections and Reference, periodicals, and microfilms/forms do not circulate.   See below for more information about loan periods, fines, fees, and renewals

Undergraduates
Book Loan Period 56 Days
Number of Checkouts Allowed 100
Number of Book Renewals 2
Borrow DVDs/VHS/CDs Yes – 5 titles/5 days
Borrow Reserve Items Yes – various loan periods
Borrow Popular Collection Items Yes – 2 weeks
Borrow Children’s Literature Items Yes – 3 weeks
Borrow Museum Pass Yes – 1 week

Fine and Fees

Books $.25/day per item (maximum of $15.00 per item)
3-hour Reserves $2/hour per item (maximum of $25 per item)
1 and 3 Day Reserves $2/day per item (maximum of $25 per item)
Recalled Items $2/day per item (maximum of $25 per item)
Videos (DVDs & VHS) and Audio Materials (CDs, LPs, & Cassettes) $1/day per item (maximum of $15 per item)

Lost and Missing Materials

Overdue items not returned within 75 days (21 days for DVDs and videos) of their due date will be considered lost and the borrower charged accordingly. As per current policy, all items marked lost will incur a fee totaling the replacement cost as well as a $10 lost item processing fee. Should the items subsequently be returned to the Library, a maximum fine of $25.00 will be imposed and a refund of the difference authorized.

Note: Replacement fees are in addition to fines.


Reserve Materials and Recalled Books
When fines on reserve materials and recalled books reach $25 those items will be considered lost.

The failure to return library materials in a timely way when those materials are needed by others members of the Skidmore community may be treated as an academic integrity infraction.


Missing Items
A formal search request may be initiated for any item neither on the shelves nor charged out. Once a Search Request form (available at the Circulation Desk) is completed, Circulation staff will conduct an intensive search for the item for one week.

The patron will be contacted at the end of that week as to the status of the item (lost or found), and if the item is not found, students/faculty/staff can request the item via Interlibrary Loan.

Faculty
Book Loan Period 1 Year
Number of Checkouts Allowed 100
Number of Book Renewals 1
Borrow DVDs/VHS Yes – 5 titles/5 days
Borrow CDs Yes – 1 Year
Borrow Reserve Items Yes – various loan periods
Borrow Popular Collection Items Yes – 2 weeks
Borrow Children’s Literature Items Yes – 3 weeks
Borrow Museum Pass Yes – 1 week

Lost and Missing Materials

Overdue items not returned within 75 days (21 days for DVDs and videos) of their due date will be considered lost and the borrower charged accordingly. As per current policy, all items marked lost will incur a fee totaling the replacement cost as well as a $10 lost item processing fee. Should the items subsequently be returned to the Library, a maximum fine of $25.00 will be imposed and a refund of the difference authorized.

Note: Replacement fees are in addition to fines.


Reserve Materials and Recalled Books
When fines on reserve materials and recalled books reach $25 those items will be considered lost.

The failure to return library materials in a timely way when those materials are needed by others members of the Skidmore community may be treated as an academic integrity infraction.


Missing Items
A formal search request may be initiated for any item neither on the shelves nor charged out. Once a Search Request form (available at the Circulation Desk) is completed, Circulation staff will conduct an intensive search for the item for one week.

The patron will be contacted at the end of that week as to the status of the item (lost or found), and if the item is not found, students/faculty/staff can request the item via Interlibrary Loan.

Staff
Book Loan Period 56 Days
Number of Checkouts Allowed 100
Number of Book Renewals 2
Borrow DVDs/VHS/CDs Yes – 5 titles/5 days
Borrow Reserve Items Yes – various loan periods
Borrow Popular Collection Items Yes – 2 weeks
Borrow Children’s Literature Items Yes – 3 weeks
Borrow Museum Pass Yes – 1 week

Lost and Missing Materials

Overdue items not returned within 75 days (21 days for DVDs and videos) of their due date will be considered lost and the borrower charged accordingly. As per current policy, all items marked lost will incur a fee totaling the replacement cost as well as a $10 lost item processing fee. Should the items subsequently be returned to the Library, a maximum fine of $25.00 will be imposed and a refund of the difference authorized.

Note: Replacement fees are in addition to fines.


Reserve Materials and Recalled Books
When fines on reserve materials and recalled books reach $25 those items will be considered lost.

The failure to return library materials in a timely way when those materials are needed by others members of the Skidmore community may be treated as an academic integrity infraction.


Missing Items
A formal search request may be initiated for any item neither on the shelves nor charged out. Once a Search Request form (available at the Circulation Desk) is completed, Circulation staff will conduct an intensive search for the item for one week.

The patron will be contacted at the end of that week as to the status of the item (lost or found), and if the item is not found, students/faculty/staff can request the item via Interlibrary Loan.

Non-Matriculated Students
Book Loan Period 42 Days
Number of Checkouts Allowed 100
Number of Book Renewals 2
Borrow DVDs/VHS/CDs Yes – 5 titles/5 days
Borrow Reserve Items Yes – various loan periods
Borrow Popular Collection Items Yes – 2 weeks
Borrow Children’s Literature Items Yes – 3 weeks
Borrow Museum Pass No
Alumni

Alumni picture ID from Card Office required

Book Loan Period 21 Days
Number of Checkouts Allowed 10
Number of Book Renewals 2
Borrow DVDs/VHS Yes – 5 titles/5 days
Borrow CDs Yes – 5 Days
Borrow Popular Collection Items Yes – 2 weeks
Borrow Children’s Literature Items Yes – 3 weeks/1 renewal
Borrow Museum Pass Yes – 1 week
Retired Faculty

Retired Faculty picture ID from Card Office required

Book Loan Period 1 Year
Number of Checkouts Allowed 100
Number of Book Renewals 1
Borrow DVDs/VHS/CDs Yes – 5 titles/5 days
Borrow Popular Collection Items Yes – 2 weeks
Borrow Children’s Literature Items Yes – 3 weeks
Borrow Museum Pass Yes – 1 week

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Retiree Library Collection

The Retiree Library Collection consists of materials – books (fiction and non-fiction), feature films, documentaries – that provide relevant information to our Skidmore community of retired employees. The collection was started with funding from an award from the American Council on Education and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The 2012 award recognized Skidmore College’s innovative practices in supporting faculty retirement. All items purchased with the award are integrated into the library’s main collection and are shelved according to format and subject matter. Browse the collection using the Retiree Library Collection page, or search using the library catalog with the phrase “retiree library.”

Borrowing Materials

Retirees are encouraged to borrow materials found in the Library’s Catalog (see specific policies below). Titles that may be of particular interest to Skidmore retirees can also be found using our Retiree Library Collection. Interlibrary Loan remain open to retired faculty only. Our Course Reserves system will be available to faculty or staff retirees who either matriculate or officially audit a class.   You can find more information about loan policies on our borrowing guidelines page.

Retired Staff

Retiree picture ID from Card Office required

Book Loan Period 42 Days
Number of Checkouts Allowed 10
Number of Book Renewals 2
Borrow DVDs/VHS Yes – 5 titles/5 days
Borrow CDs Yes – 5 Days
Borrow Popular Collection Items Yes – 2 weeks
Borrow Children’s Literature Items Yes – 3 weeks/1 renewal
Borrow Museum Pass Yes – 1 week

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Retiree Library Collection

The Retiree Library Collection consists of materials – books (fiction and non-fiction), feature films, documentaries – that provide relevant information to our Skidmore community of retired employees. The collection was started with funding from an award from the American Council on Education and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The 2012 award recognized Skidmore College’s innovative practices in supporting faculty retirement. All items purchased with the award are integrated into the library’s main collection and are shelved according to format and subject matter. Browse the collection using the Retiree Library Collection page, or search using the library catalog with the phrase “retiree library.”

Borrowing Materials

Retirees are encouraged to borrow materials found in the Library’s Catalog (see specific policies below). Titles that may be of particular interest to Skidmore retirees can also be found using our Retiree Library Collection. Interlibrary Loan remain open to retired faculty only. Our Course Reserves system will be available to faculty or staff retirees who either matriculate or officially audit a class.   You can find more information about loan policies on our borrowing guidelines page.

Spouse
Skidmore Spouse ID from Card Office required

Book Loan Period 21 Days
Number of Checkouts Allowed 10
Number of Book Renewals 2
Borrow DVDs/VHS No
Borrow CDs Yes – 5 Days
Borrow Popular Collection Items Yes – 1 Title/2 weeks
Borrow Children’s Literature Items Yes – 3 weeks/1 renewal
Borrow Museum Pass Yes – 1 week
Friends of the Library

Students must be in the 9th grade or above and have a valid Saratoga county high school ID; all others must be at least 18 years old. Membership fees are non-refundable.

Book Loan Period 21 Days
Number of Checkouts Allowed 10
Number of Book Renewals 2
Borrow DVDs/VHS No
Borrow CDs Yes – 5 Days
Borrow Popular Collection Items Yes – 1 Title/2 weeks
Borrow Children’s Literature Items Yes – 3 weeks/1 renewal
Borrow Museum Pass No

Cost of Membership

(fee is non-refundable)

High school students: $25/yr
Residents of Saratoga County: $50/yr
Residents of New York State: $75/yr
All others: $100/yr
Empire State Faculty and Staff
Valid faculty/staff ID required to process Courtesy card.

Book Loan Period 21 Days
Number of Checkouts Allowed 10
Number of Book Renewals 2
Borrow DVDs/VHS No
Borrow CDs Yes – 5 Days
Borrow Popular Collection Items Yes – 1 Title/2 weeks
Borrow Children’s Literature Items Yes – 3 weeks/1 renewal
Borrow Museum Pass No
Yaddo Scholars
Letter of introduction from Yaddo required to process Courtesy card.

Book Loan Period 21 Days
Number of Checkouts Allowed 10
Number of Book Renewals 2
Borrow DVDs/VHS No
Borrow CDs Yes – 5 Days
Borrow Popular Collection Items Yes – 1 Title/2 weeks
Borrow Children’s Literature Items Yes – 3 weeks/1 renewal
Borrow Museum Pass No
Direct Access Program
Faculty/Staff/Students/AP Students of participating academic institutions with a DAP card. Librarians/library staff with DAP card from DAP participating libraries.

Book Loan Period 21 Days
Number of Checkouts Allowed 10
Number of Book Renewals 2
Borrow DVDs/VHS No
Borrow CDs Yes – 5 Days
Borrow Popular Collection Items Yes – 1 Title/2 weeks
Borrow Children’s Literature Items Yes – 3 weeks/1 renewal
Borrow Museum Pass No
Recalls, Holds & Renewals

Items may be recalled if they are needed for course reserve or if they are needed by another patron. Items recalled for course reserve are due immediately no matter how long they have been in circulation. When another patron initiates a recall, the current borrower is guaranteed three weeks with the book or CD before it needs to be returned.

If you need an item which is already checked out to another patron:

You may initiate a hold or a recall through the Library’s Catalog. Once you locate the item record, use the “Place a Hold” option in the “Actions” menu located to the right of the item record. You will be prompted to enter your Skidmore username and password, and once logged in, you will be taken to a page that will let you either “Place a Hold on a Checked Out Item” or “Recall from Patron.” If you select the recall option, the library will notify you when the item is returned. If the item needed is part of a set, request that particular volume or part.
(The current borrower is guaranteed three weeks with a book or CD before the item must be returned.)

If you select “Place a Hold on a Checked Out Item,” when the item is returned, you will be notified.

Please note that the Library does not reveal borrowers’ names to other borrowers. In certain circumstances the Library may act as an intermediary between the current borrower and the patron who needs the material as long as confidentiality of both patrons is protected.


If you have borrowed an item that has been recalled:

Items recalled for course reserve are due immediately no matter how long they have been in circulation.

If the item has been recalled by another patron, you have 48 hours after the recall notice goes out to return the recalled items.

You are guaranteed three weeks with a book before it can be recalled by another patron.

Fines on recalled items are $2/day per item.

The failure to return library materials in a timely way when those materials are needed by others members of the Skidmore community may be treated as an academic integrity infraction.

Note: Borrowers who are not students, faculty or staff may place holds but may not institute recalls.


Renewals

  • Borrowers may renew materials through their patron record, over the phone, in person, or by email.
  • Faculty may renew Skidmore books once per item.
  • Students, staff and other borrowers may renew books twice per item within a single semester.
  • Videos (DVD & VHS) may be renewed twice.
  • Audio materials (CDs, cassettes, LPs) may be renewed twice. Faculty may renew once.
  • Popular Fiction and Non-Fiction books and non-book materials may be renewed once.

Curriculum Library books may only be renewed once by Friends of the Library.

Fines

It is the responsibility of the patron to return items on the date due. The Library charges fines for the late return of books and other library materials to encourage circulation of materials. Reminder notices are sent out by e-mail as a courtesy only. Not receiving a reminder notice or failing to note the due date of a renewed items is not a valid excuse for returning materials late.

Books
$.25/day per item (maximum of $15.00 per item).

Reserve Materials
3 Hour Reserves – $2/hour per item to a maximum of $25.00 per item.
1 and 3 Day Reserves – $2/day per item to a maximum of $25.00 per item.

Reserves allows the equitable use of materials that are in high demand as a result of specific class assignments. Because the materials are limited, it is important to return the items as soon as possible to provide equal access for the entire class. No renewals.

Recalled Items
$2/day per item to a maximum of $25.00 per item.
Items recalled for course reserve are due immediately no matter how long they have been in circulation.
Items which are recalled by another patron must be returned within 48 hours after the notice is mailed.

Videos (DVD & VHS) and audio materials (CDs, LPs & Cassettes)
$1/day per item to a maximum of $15.00 per item.

Damaged Items
If Library materials have been damaged while on loan to a patron, a fee may be charged to cover repair of replacement costs and processing fees.

Please Note
The failure to return library materials in a timely way when those materials are needed by other members of the Skidmore community may be treated as an academic integrity infraction.

Lost and Missing Materials

Overdue items not returned within 75 days (21 days for DVDs and videos) of their due date will be considered lost and the borrower charged accordingly. As per current policy, all items marked lost will incur a fee totaling the replacement cost as well as a $10 lost item processing fee. Should the items subsequently be returned to the Library, a maximum fine of $25.00 will be imposed and a refund of the difference authorized.

Note: Replacement fees are in addition to fines.


Reserve Materials and Recalled Books
When fines on reserve materials and recalled books reach $25 those items will be considered lost.

The failure to return library materials in a timely way when those materials are needed by others members of the Skidmore community may be treated as an academic integrity infraction.


Missing Items
A formal search request may be initiated for any item neither on the shelves nor charged out. Once a Search Request form (available at the Circulation Desk) is completed, Circulation staff will conduct an intensive search for the item for one week.

The patron will be contacted at the end of that week as to the status of the item (lost or found), and if the item is not found, students/faculty/staff can request the item via Interlibrary Loan.

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