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The Circulation Desk at Michener Library is staffed by members of the Access Services Department, and is open all hours the Library is open. The staff can be reached by telephone at 970-351-2671.

Services include checking out books and other materials, putting holds on items that are checked out, and ordering materials from other libraries for UNC patrons. The Access Services Department also checks out notebook PCs for use in the library and oversees the Reserve collection (see Reserve Materials for more information).

The Skinner Music Library also maintains a Circulation Desk, providing similar services for their library patrons.

Checkout of Materials

University student, faculty, or staff I.D. cards are used as library cards. Colorado state residents can apply for a borrower's card. Borrowing privileges can be temporarily blocked due to:

  • Numerous overdue charges
  • Numerous lost books or periodicals
  • Return of notices because of improper address in the patron information database
  • Expiration of borrower's card
  • Unpaid fines or lost book by a patron not affiliated with UNC

Renewal of materials can be made by phone at (970) 351-2671 or through the My Account feature on The Source library catalog.

UNC students can check out a notebook PC for 3-hour use within the Library. Notebook PCs are equipped with wireless Internet access, Microsoft Office software, and CD-RW drives. Floppy disk drives and zip disk drives are also available.

Returning Library Material & Book Drop Locations

Both Michener Library and Skinner Music Library have book drops at their Circulation Desks.

Outlying book drops are located at the North entrance of Michener Library and the lower level North entrance to the University Center. Please do not return records to the book drops. The Libraries are not responsible for items left outside the book drops.

Loan Periods

Type of Material

Undergraduate

Graduate

Archival Materials

Do Not Circulate

Do Not Circulate

Books (including K-12 and Youth)
Government Publications
Maps

4 weeks

8 weeks

Interlibrary Loans

Varies by lender

Varies by lender

Notebook PCs

3 hours

3 hours

Periodicals

2 hours

2 hours

Reference Materials

Varies by item

Varies by item

Reserve Readings

Varies by Item

Varies by Item

Videos, DVDs

1 week, 1 renewal

1 week, 1 renewal

Renewals

Materials may be renewed online through the My Account link on the Libraries online catalog, or by contacting the Circulation Desk.

Overdue & Lost Materials, Fines

Fines are charged for overdue library materials. Overdue notices are sent a few days after the due date, and again 14 days later. Fines accumulate from the date materials are due. Failure to receive a notice does not affect charges. Fines for students are added to the student bill. Fines for non-UNC affiliated patrons are handled through the Circulation Desk.

Charges are assessed for each calendar day the item is overdue:

Number of Days Overdue

Charges Assessed

1 - 20 days

50 cents per day

28 days or more

Material is considered lost; a replacement charge of $80 per item is assessed. If the item is returned within one year of due date, a credit of $60.00 will be made. There is a non-refundable $20.00 charge per item to cover late fines and processing costs.

Fines for Special Materials

Charges Assessed

Interlibrary Loan Materials

Fines accrue at a rate of $.50 per item per day. If an Interlibrary Loan item is overdue 28 days or more, it is considered lost and a replacement charge of $100.00 is assessed. If the owning library charges the University Libraries more than $100 for replacement, the extra costs will be passed on to the patron. If the item is returned within one year of the due date, a credit of $75.00 will be issued. There is a non-refundable $25.00 charge per item to cover late fines and processing costs.

Recalled items 1 - 20 days overdue

$1.00 per day. Replacement charge is $80.00 per item. There is a non-refundable $20.00 charge per item to cover late fines and processing costs.

Periodicals

$1.00 per hour. Replacement charge is $80.00 for current periodicals or $400.00 for bound periodicals. There is a non-refundable $35.00 charge per item to cover late fines and processing costs.

Prospector Materials

Fines accrue at a rate of $.50 per item per day. Replacement charge is $100.00. There is a non-refundable $25.00 charge per item to cover late fines and processing costs.

Reserve Material, 2 and 4 hour check-out

$1.00 per hour per item. Replacement charge is $80.00 per item. There is a non-refundable $35.00 charge per item to cover late fines and processing costs.

Reserve Material, 1 or 3 day check-out

$5.00 per day per item. Replacement charge is $80.00 per item. There is a non-refundable $35.00 charge per item to cover late fines and processing costs.

Videos, DVDs

$.50 day per item. Replacement charge is $80.00 per item. There is a non-refundable $20.00 charge per item to cover late fines and processing costs.

Holding, Recalling, or Tracing Materials

Patrons may have an item held or recalled.

  • Use the "Request" button in the online catalog to place a hold on a checked-out item or to page an available item. You will receive an email library notice when the material is available for pickup. For available items, please allow 24 hours for the item to be retrieved. (Community borrowers cannot place holds online; please contact staff at the Circulation Desk to place a hold on an item.)
  • Materials can be recalled from any patron at any time after four weeks check-out. A hold placed from the online catalog will not result in a recall; you must contact staff at the Circulation Desk to place a recall. The patron who checked out the item is notified of the change in due date and that a recall has been placed on the item. Materials not returned by the new due date are considered overdue and fines double the normal rate will be assessed.

Patrons may have an item traced by library personnel.

  • Items missing from the library shelves can be traced by contacting staff at the second floor Collection Services Desk, or at the Circulation Desk on the first floor. Personnel will do a thorough search of the library to try to locate the item. The item can also be requested from another library via Prospector or Interlibrary Loan.