Borrowing & Lending Policies

These policies include those concerning our Circulation, Media & EdLab Resources, and Interlibrary Loan departments.

Borrowing Privileges

  • All currently enrolled University of Scranton students, faculty, administration, and staff have borrowing privileges. A person's Royal ID Card is used to charge out books, to borrow laptops or tablets, and to use reserve items or media materials. Lost Royal Cards must be replaced at the Royal Card office but should also be reported to the Library to prevent unauthorized use.
  • University of Scranton Alumni have borrowing privileges for books, and should register at the Circulation Desk to obtain a Library card. When registering, alumni must provide some sort of photo ID. Alumni may access databases at public terminals (2nd floor) while in the library building. Remote access and Interlibrary Loan privileges are limited to currently enrolled students and University employees.
  • Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library have borrowing privileges for books during their annual membership period. Friends are mailed paper membership cards. Friends may access databases at public terminals (2nd floor) while in the library building. Remote access and Interlibrary Loan privileges are limited to currently enrolled students and University employees.
  • The Library offers reciprocal borrowing of books to students, faculty, administration, and staff of the following schools: College Misericordia, Keystone College, King’s College, Luzerne County Community College, Marywood University, Scranton Prep, and Wilkes University. Borrowers from any of these institutions must register at the Circulation Desk to obtain a Library card. When registering, borrowers must provide ID from their home institution, and if the ID does not include a photo, must also provide some sort of photo ID. Reciprocal borrowing is allowed on the same day as registering for privileges. Reciprocal borrowers may access databases at public terminals (2nd floor) while in the library building.
  • Persons with Lackawanna County Library System cards who also reside in Lackawanna County may apply for borrowing privileges. When applying, borrowers must provide their LCLS card, and must also provide some sort of photo ID. After we verify that the applicant is in good standing with the Lackawanna County Library System, a user card will be mailed to the applicant’s home address. Borrowing is not allowed on the same day as applying for privileges. County borrowers are limited to five (5) books at a time on their account. LCLS borrowers may access databases at public terminals (2nd floor) while in the library building.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality of library circulation and use records:

PENNSYLVANIA STATUTES TITLE 24. EDUCATION CHAPTER 16. LIBRARIES ARTICLE IV

[P.S.] § 4428. Library circulation records

Records related to the circulation of library materials which contain the names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of the State Library or any local library which is established or maintained under any law of the Commonwealth or the library of any university, college or educational institution chartered by the Commonwealth or the library of any public school or branch reading room, deposit station or agency operated in connection therewith, shall be confidential and shall not be made available to anyone except by a court order in a criminal proceeding.

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Fines for Overdue Materials

The fine for overdue books is $.10 per day per item to a maximum of $5.00 per item. The fine for overdue DVDs/CDs is $1.00 per day. The fine for an overdue laptop is $10.00 per hour, and the fine for an overdue tablet is $20 per day. Avoid fines by renewing items or returning them. Borrowers may renew their own materials (except for laptops and tablets) through "My Account" in the Library Catalog or the Library Tab on the My.Scranton portal. Materials may also be renewed by telephone. Book drops for returns are located on the front of the Circulation Desk. An after-hours book drop is located on the left wall of the Monroe Street lobby. Please do not return laptops or tablets via a book drop! All materials must be returned and fines settled prior to graduation.

Hold and Recalls

If a book you need is currently checked out you can:

  • place a hold on the book to have the book set aside for you when it is returned
  • ask a staff member to recall the book, which asks the current borrower to return the book within 10 days
  • borrow a copy of the book from another library using E-Z Borrow or Interlibrary Loan

If a hold is placed on a book you are using, the system will prevent you from renewing the book, and will notify the requester when the book is returned. If a recall is placed on a book you are using, you will be requested to return the book within 10 days. If the book is not returned by the new due date, overdue  fines are charged at a higher rate.

If a book you need is not currently checked out you may also place a hold on it. That means if anyone else tries to borrow the book before you do, they will be blocked.

The library pulls books placed on hold once a day, usually first thing in the morning.  You will receive an e-mail when the book is ready for you to pick up at the Circulation Desk. If you need the book sooner than you receive an e-mail saying that it is ready, you can always retrieve the book from the stacks yourself. If you need help locating any book in the stacks the Circulation Staff is always happy to help. 

Interlibrary Loans

After checking the Weinberg Memorial Library's holdings and finding that the Library does not own desired materials, University faculty, students, and staff may borrow these materials though Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Other Library users must request ILL from their home libraries.

Books may be borrowed through PALCI E-Z Borrow, where direct borrowing from over 40 regional academic libraries is available from a single search. Books usually arrive in 3-5 business days, and you receive an e-mail when your book is ready for pick up at the Circulation Desk. Materials are loaned for 12 weeks. The E-Z Borrow login form requires your University Royal Number as your Patron ID. If books are not available through PALCI E-Z Borrow, they may be requested through ILLiad.

The first time you use ILLiad, you will be asked to register as a new user. Once registered you will be prompted to login with your “my scranton” username and password. In the left hand menu under “new request”, choose the type of material you need (article request, book, etc.), and fill in as much information as possible on the form to facilitate processing. Reference Librarians can assist users in locating all necessary information for completing the form. If you have already found an article in a library database, and click on the “ILL request” link, the request form will be filled in for you after you login.

Articles are often available within 24 hours, and you are notified by e-mail when the article is delivered to your ILLiad account. Articles remain available in your ILLiad account for 14 days. Most book requests are filled within 1-2 weeks, depending on the availability of the material. You receive an e-mail when your book is ready for pick up at the Circulation Desk. ILL books are loaned for 30 days, and may be renewed at the discretion of the loaning library.

There are no charges for borrowing books or for article delivery for University of Scranton faculty, students, and staff, but borrowers are financially responsible for items that are damaged or lost while checked out on their account.

Lending of Laptops, Tablets and Digital AV Adapters

University of Scranton students with full borrowing privileges may borrow a laptop computer or tablet at the Circulation Desk. Users with delinquent accounts are not permitted to borrow laptops or tablets. Borrowing is limited to one item per borrower at a time and items are available on a first-come basis. They may not be reserved in advance or recalled from another borrower. A “Tablet & Laptop Loan Agreement and Use Policy” must be read and signed each academic year.

Wireless connections are available on all floors. Headphones must be used for sound files.

Digital AV Adapters may be borrowed from the Circulation Desk by University of Scranton students for use in the Reilly Learning Commons.

LAPTOPS:

  • Laptops must be used only in the library and cannot be removed from the building.
    Except to enter the Pro Deo Room, you may not take a laptop past the security gates.
  • A laptop may be checked out for up to a 3 hour period when the library is open.
  • Laptops that are not returned on time will create fines at the rate of $10 per hour and can result in tablet and laptop borrowing privileges being suspended.
  • Personal software may not be loaded onto the laptop.

TABLETS:

  • A tablet may be checked out for a one-day period. Circulation Desk staff will specify the time by which the tablet must be returned on the due date.
  • Tablets that are not returned on time will create fines at the rate of $20 per day and can result in tablet and laptop borrowing privileges being suspended.
  • Students may use their own accounts to download apps or other digital files.  All student-installed apps will be wiped when the tablet is returned to the Library.

Security Warning:
Borrowers may not leave tablets or laptops unattended. Tablets or laptops left unattended will be confiscated and the borrower’s tablet and laptop borrowing privilege will be suspended for that semester.

Loan Periods

The standard loan period for Weinberg Memorial Library books is 30 days. Unless a hold is pending, a borrower may renew books in person at the Circulation Desk, by telephone (570-941-7524), or via My Account in the Library Catalog or on the My.Scranton Library tab.

The loan period for graduate students, adjunct faculty and staff is the semester term. Faculty loan period is for the academic year.

The loan period for laptop computers is three (3) hours. Laptops may be renewed in person at the Circulation Desk or by telephone (570-941-7524). Renewals are not permitted if another borrower is waiting.

The loan period for tablets is one day. Tablets may be renewed in person at the Circulation Desk or by telephone (570-941-7524). Renewals are not permitted if another borrower is waiting.

Reference books, and current and bound periodicals do not circulate outside the Library building.

"In-Library use only" materials must be returned to the Reference or Circulation Desk before the Library closes.

Media & EdLab Resources Center

Audio Books, DVDs, Music CDs, and VHS tapes may be borrowed by faculty and staff for a period of seven (7) days.

Audio Books and Music CDs may be borrowed by students for a period of five (5) days. DVDs and VHS tapes may be borrowed by students for a period of 48 hours.

EdLab materials may be borrowed for five (5) days.

For more information about the Media & EdLab Resources Policies, please visit our Media & EdLab Resources Policies Page.