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A Lourdes ID card enables a student to borrow all circulating materials. Books may be checked out for three weeks and renewed up to six times, as long as another user does not request the book. Students may borrow up to FIFTY items at a time. A few days before materials are due, patrons receive an email reminder. Renewals can be done on-line or at the circulation desk.
Graduates of Lourdes may use their alumni card to receive a free library card. Likewise guests in the local community are welcome to use the collection with a guest courtesy card ($10.00) valid for one year at a time. The Sisters of St. Francis (Sylvania) are guests without a fee charged. Lost library cards should be reported to the library to prevent unauthorized use.
The barcode on the Lourdes University ID card is used to request items through the OPAL/OhioLINK catalog. Also, by policy, anyone working at or attending an OPAL/OhioLINK institution may borrow materials from Lourdes University.
Students, staff, guests or alumni who owe fines or overdue items to the library may not check out materials until the issue is cleared.
On the OPAL screen of Lourdes Library, the personal library record of the patron can be displayed through "My Account" giving information of items checked out or requested, overdue items, current fines, etc. Books can be renewed on this same screen if there are no barriers present at the time.
The library personnel will not disclose names of any borrowers nor divulge any information regarding items loaned to individuals. This is in compliance with the principles and policies outlined in the publications prepared by the Ohio Library Association.
Fines for Lourdes library materials returned late are 10 cents per day per item. Charges for Lourdes' items are calculated as follows:
Late fines for OPAL/OhioLINK materials are 50 cents per day per item. Charges for OPAL/OhioLINK items are calculated as follows:
Three group study rooms are available for group work. Two of these rooms have a computer and wall monitor. The wireless mouse for the PC can be obtained at the circulation desk.
Reservations for 2 or more people will be accepted on a week-by-week basis for up to 3 hour periods for group study rooms. Individuals may use the rooms when they are unoccupied. If a group has not occupied the room within 15 minutes of the scheduled time, the reservation will be canceled. Reservations are made by calling the library or signing in at the circulation desk.
As a courtesy to others, please keep in mind that these rooms are not soundproof. Also, circulating books in these rooms may be needed by others.
This is a guideline for acquiring and maintaining materials for the library collection basic for the undergraduate and master’s programs. The goal of the collection should be quality over quantity, which supports the curriculum. Increase in costs of publishing and the demand of information in different formats, shape careful selection in making the best use of financial resources.
The decision of what is appropriate to the library’s size and the management of the collection rests with the library director. Journals, books, and audio-visual are major materials that comprise the collection. The faculty contributes to the vitality of the collection among disciplines defined by academic departments. Faculty members are encouraged to be attentive to students’ requests and suggest new book titles and publications from their professional reading and reviews along with citations from “Choice” and “Library Journal”. Forms for purchase requests are found on the Intranet.
Funds are maintained for use at the discretion of the library director. Consideration is also given when implementing new programs or courses, with an awareness of an additional cost when planning the budget. A significant amount is set-aside in the Fall and the Spring semester for purchase of A-V materials especially instructional videos. It is preferable to have various books on a subject, therefore only single copies will be purchased. Textbooks are not normally purchased (i.e. exceptions for nursing department).
Regular weeding is conducted to keep the collection current and manageable. Upon consultation with or upon recommendation of faculty members, the materials in question will be withdrawn or discarded. Some material, however, even though considered dated is not discarded.
When selecting new titles to purchase, the library should consider local needs versus availability of other copies in the OhioLINK central catalog.
Requests for new journals can be submitted on the form for library purchase request on the Intranet. Re-evaluation of journal subscriptions is an on-going practice and weighed against the availability of articles searchable through the electronic databases. Since the age of technology is providing so much, it has been policy to assess whatever seems easily available in full text on the databases, and thus eliminating duplication of print/hard copy editions.
Donations of books are accepted with the understanding that the library disposes of or adds them to the collection at the librarian’s discretion with no strings attached. The decision to add items follows the guidelines outlined and using the criteria for purchasing.
Printer/copy machine is located in the library across from the circulation desk. The first 20 pages are free, then there is a $.10 /page charge.
Food is not allowed in the library. There are tables outside the library for that use. Drinks in covered containers may be used with coasters provided in the library.
Cell phone usage in the library is prohibited. Set cell phone to silent or vibrate mode when in the library and leave immediately to outside areas of the library to answer.
Elementary, middle school, and small children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult who respects the quiet needed for study and research. Anyone using threatening, disorderly, indecent, offensive or lewd conduct, including the use of the Internet will be asked to leave.
Library computers are primarily for academic research of Lourdes students, faculty and staff. Visitors may be denied access or shall be advised to apply for a guest courtesy card.
Library staff is not responsible for personal items left unattended in the library.
Returning Late or Damaged Laptops
Lourdes University reserves the right to decline usage to any student at any time.
Questions about the laptop lending policy can be directed to Chrissy Knapke (Academic Support Center), Kimberly Yost (Center for Professional Studies), Sr. Sandra Rutkowski (Library), Leah Matteson (Flask Nursing Center), or Marisol Strelow (Center for Nursing Scholarship).
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