Circulation Policy

All current Northern Vermont University students, faculty, staff and guest borrowers in good standing may borrow items from NVU Libraries. Faculty and staff members in good standing from other Vermont academic institutions also may borrow items from NVU Libraries as part of a Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries reciprocal borrowing agreement. Northern Vermont University students, faculty, and staff have priority for materials and services.

All patrons must present their borrower’s card to check out material. 

 

Loan periods and and item limits

Northern Vermont University Community Members

  • Books and Audiobooks: 45 day loan period, up to 15 items charged at a time
  • Reserve Room Materials: Indicated by instructor

Guest Borrowers

  • Books and Audiobooks: 28 day loan period, up to 15 items charged at a time

All Borrowers

  • New Books: 28 day loan period, up to 15 items charged at a time
  • Music and DVDs: 14-day loan period, up to 5 items charged at a time
  • Periodicals: Library use only

Vermont Studio Students (VTSS)

  • All applicable items: 14-day loan period, up to 5 items charged at a time

 

Technology policies

Laptop Loan Policy (NVU-Lyndon)

Equipment

  • Each laptop comes with a charger & AC adapter and bag.

General rules

  • Laptops are loaned to current NVU-Lyndon faculty, students, and staff who can present a valid library card and who have a library account in good standing.
  • Laptops are not available to guest borrowers, alumni or members of other VSC colleges.
  • Laptops are reserved for current students, faculty, and staff working on class projects, delivering presentations, or any other relevant class or work related project.

Borrowing

  • The loan period is three (3) calendar days, including the day on which the laptop is checked out. Renewals are contingent upon the availability of laptops. The loan period for a renewed laptop is 24 hours. The borrower must present a valid Northern Vermont University ID card whenever checking out a laptop.
  • The borrower’s library account must be in good standing (there must be no overdue notices and pending fines).
  • The borrower must read and sign the loan agreement each time they borrow a laptop.
    Borrowers may only check out one laptop at a time.
  • It is not possible to place a hold on or reserve a laptop; they are checked out on a first-come, first-served basis. The library cannot guarantee that a laptop will be available at any given time.
  • Library staff will check the laptop to ensure proper working order before it is discharged. The borrower’s agreement will remain on the file until the laptop has been checked for any damage.
  • If the borrower experiences any problems with the laptop, they should return it immediately to the circulation desk. They should not attempt to repair the device.
    Laptops should be returned to a member of library staff or a library student worker at the circulation desk, not via the drop-box.

Use of Laptops

  • All data, files and bookmarks will be deleted from the laptop when it is returned to the library. The borrower should save their data elsewhere beforehand.
    If the laptop is damaged beyond repair, lost or stolen, the borrower must notify library staff at the earliest opportunity.
  • The overdue fine is $10.00 per day or any part of a day. A laptop will be considered lost after two days of being overdue. If the laptop is damaged beyond repair, lost or stolen, you will be charged the replacement charge is $850. Other replacement charges include $60 for charger and AC adapter (1 item / 2 pieces). If repairs are necessary due to damage caused while the laptop is in your possession, you will be charged the cost of repairs plus a processing fee.
  • In addition to the terms and conditions of this policy, the borrower’s use of the laptop is subject to the Vermont State Colleges policy on use of computing and telecommunications.

Revised: December 21, 2015

iPad Loan Policy (NVU-Lyndon)

Equipment

  • Each iPad comes with a cover, power cord and bag. Some, but not all, have a keyboard.
  • Each iPad is equipped with wifi. Each iPad comes with sample apps, bookmarks, and files.

General rules

  • iPads are loaned to current NVU-Lyndon faculty, students, and staff who can present a valid library card and who have a library account in good standing. iPads are not available to guest borrowers, alumni, or members of other VSC colleges.

Borrowing

  • iPads are available for checking out only during “Reference hours”, ie. when a staff member is available to process the checking out. iPads can be returned any time during library opening hours. Please do NOT put iPads in the book drop outside the library.
  • The borrower must present a valid library card whenever checking out an iPad.The borrower’s library account must be in good standing, ie. there must be no overdue notices and pending fines.
  • The borrower must read and sign the loan agreement every time they borrow an iPad. The loan period is three calendar days, including the day on which the iPad is checked out. This period cannot be extended.
  • Any borrower may only check out one iPad at a time.
  • It is not possible to place a hold on an iPad or reserve it in any way; they are checked out on a first-come, first-served basis. The library cannot guarantee that an iPad will be available at any given time.
  • Library staff will check the iPad to ensure proper working order before it is checked out and when it is returned.
  • If the borrower experiences any problems with the iPad, they should return it immediately to the circulation desk. They should not attempt to repair the device.
  • iPads should be returned to a member of library staff or a library student worker at the circulation desk, not via the drop-box.

Use of iPads

  • The borrower can sync the iPad to their own iTunes account, but they will not be able to make purchases on this device. All data, including apps, files and bookmarks, will be deleted from the iPad when it is returned to the library. The borrower should save their data elsewhere beforehand.
  • If the iPad is damaged beyond repair, lost or stolen, the borrower must notify library staff at the earliest opportunity.
  • The overdue fine is $10.00 per day or any part of a day. An iPad will be considered lost after two days of being overdue.
  • If the iPad is damaged beyond repair, lost or stolen, you will be charged the replacement value of the iPad which is $800.00. Additionally, if the power cord or case is damaged beyond repair, lost or stolen, the charges to you for the power cord will be $40.00 and $50.00 for the case. If the equipment bag is lost, stolen or damaged the replacement cost to you will be $15.00 If repairs are necessary due to damage caused while the iPad is in your possession, you will be charged the cost of repairs plus a processing fee.
  • In addition to the terms and conditions of this policy, the borrower’s use of the iPad is subject to the Vermont State Colleges policy on use of computing and telecommunications.

Revised December 21, 2015

Kindle Loan Policy (NVU-Lyndon)

Equipment

  • The library provides each Kindle with a bag, case and power cord.

General rules

  • Kindles are available to current NVU-Lyndon faculty, students, and staff who can present a valid library card and who have a library account in good standing. Kindles are not available to guest borrowers, alumni or members of other VSC colleges.

Borrowing

  • Kindles are checked out on a first-in-line basis. It is not possible to reserve a Kindle for a specific day.
  • Borrowers may place a request for a Kindle via the VSC online catalog.
  • When placing a request via the library website, each borrower may request one Kindle book title. Each title must be must be a “Casual” (fiction or general-interest/non-academic non-fiction) and cost less than $25.00. Requests for a title that does not meet these criteria will be accommodated by alternative means, such as Interlibrary Loan.
  • When a Kindle becomes available, library staff will notify the person at the top of the waiting list by email. Kindles may be collected from the library only during “Reference hours”, ie. when a staff member is available to process the checking out.
  • The borrower must present a valid library card whenever checking out a Kindle.
  • The borrower’s library account must be in good standing, ie. there must be no overdue notices and pending fines.
  • The borrower must read and sign the Kindle loan agreement each time they borrow a Kindle.
  • Any borrower may only check out one Kindle at a time.
  • Library staff will check each Kindle to ensure proper working order before it is checked out and when it is returned.
  • Kindles should be returned to the circulation desk, not via the drop-box.
  • The loan period is 14 days. The loan can be renewed one time for an additional 14 days if no other loan request is pending.

Use of Kindles

 

  • Anything saved to the Kindle by the borrower will be deleted when they return it. The borrower should not attempt to load digital books onto the Kindle.
  • If the Kindle is damaged beyond repair, lost or stolen, the borrower must notify library staff at the earliest opportunity. The borrower should not attempt to repair the device.
  • The overdue fine is $10.00 per day or any part of a day. A Kindle will be considered lost after two days of being overdue.
  • If the Kindle is damaged beyond repair, lost or stolen, the borrower will be charged the replacement value ($150.00 for the Kindle Touch). Additionally, if the power cord or case is damaged beyond repair, lost or stolen, the charges to the borrower will be $15.00 for a power cord and $15.00 for a case. If repairs are necessary due to damage caused while the Kindle is in your possession, the borrower will be charged the cost of repairs plus a processing fee.
  • In addition to the terms and conditions of this policy, the borrower’s use of the iPad is subject to the Policy 502 Computing and Telecommunications Technology Conditions of Use.
PS3 Loan Policy (NVU-Lyndon)

Play Station 3

Your use of the Play Station 3 is subject to the library’s policy on PS3 loans and the Vermont State Colleges policy on use of computing and telecommunications. The terms and conditions of the library’s policy on PS3 loans include:
 

  • The loan period is three calendar days, including the day on which the PS3 is checked out.
  • Provided there is not a hold on the PS3, the console can be renewed only once for the standard borrowing period.
  • The borrower is responsible for returning the PS3 to a member of library staff or a library student worker at the InfoDesk.
  • The overdue fine is $10.00 per day or any part of a day. The PS3 will be considered lost after two days of being overdue.
  • If you experience any problems with the PS3, such as malfunction, damage, loss or theft, report it to the InfoDesk as soon as possible. Do not attempt to repair a broken PS3.
  • If repairs are necessary due to damage caused while the PS3 is in your possession, you will be charged the cost of repairs plus a processing fee.
    If the PS3 is damaged beyond repair, lost or stolen, the replacement charge is $300. Other replacement charges are $10 for a power cord, $20 per controller, $15 for a bag.

 

Lost or damaged items

  • Patrons who lose or damage an item sufficiently to require replacement will be requested to pay the price of the item plus a $10.00 processing charge. Repairable damages will be assessed by the librarian and charged accordingly.

 

Outstanding books and fines

  • A student with Library fines or materials outstanding cannot graduate or receive any official record of coursework. A community borrower cannot check out library materials until his or her record is clear.

 

Course reserves

  • Those books, tapes, articles, etc. whose circulation is limited because they are needed for class work may be borrowed at the circulation desk.
  • The loan period is determined by the instructor of the class.
  • Only one reserve item at a time may be borrowed.
  • Items currently on reserve can be found in the VSC library catalog or through SearchNVU. 
  • Reserve material may be borrowed overnight 1/2 hour before the Library closes. A second item may be borrowed at that time if no one else requests it. They are due back the next day, within the first hour after the Library opens. A substantial fine of up to $1.00 per hour is charged for overdue reserve material.
  • Before the Library closes for a holiday, reserve books may be checked out two hours before closing time and are due back within one hour on the day the library re-opens.

 

Borrowing from other libraries

  • Library members can borrow items from other VSC libraries via the online catalog. Current students, faculty and staff, as well as College retirees, can request items from non-VSC libraries via the Library’s Interlibrary Loan service. Visit the Interlibrary Loan page for more information. 

 

VCAL reciprocal borrowing privileges

All faculty at Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries (VCAL) member institutions are eligible to receive borrowing privileges at the Lyndon State College Library.

  • Verification of affiliation: All candidates for reciprocal borrowing privileges must present a valid institutional ID and documentation from their institution attesting to their faculty status at the time of requesting privileges.
  • Materials subject to reciprocal borrowing: Reciprocal borrowing is limited to a maximum of 10 books from the general circulating collections of the LSC Library. No other materials are covered under this agreement.
  • Loan period: Participants may borrow an item for the loan periods listed above.
  • Renewals: Borrowers may renew an item if it has not been requested by another person.
  • Recalls: All materials borrowed are subject to recall by the LSC Library when requested by a member of the LSC community.
  • Overdue items: Overdue notices will be sent by paper notice. Fines will follow the amounts listed above.
  • Lost items: Items not returned and declared lost will be billed at the same rate as the “Lost or Damaged Items” policy stated above. The home library of the delinquent borrower shall be ultimately held responsible for the payment of lost item fees.

 

Community

  • Members of the surrounding communities may apply for a library card in person at the circulation desk. Community members must present proof of address when applying for a library card.

 

Security system

The library uses an alarm system which sounds when an item that has not been properly checked out, or does not circulate leaves the building. This system enables patrons to move through the doors freely without the inconvenience of having books and packs inspected each time they leave.