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The University Libraries (continued)
Library Services and Policies
Inter-Library Service (ILS). Inter-Library Service will obtain materials not owned by the General Libraries for University of Texas at Austin students, faculty members, and staff. ILS is located in PCL 2.402.
Library hours. Library hours for all units are posted in each unit. Most circulation desks close fifteen minutes before the library closes. Shortened schedules are maintained between semesters and during spring break. The libraries are closed on major holidays observed by the University.
Lending rules. To assure the availability of its resources, units of the General Libraries lend materials for a specific period and charge fines for items not returned when they are due. Every borrower must present a valid University of Texas student, faculty, or staff identification card, or a special, courtesy, or proxy borrower card. Borrowers are responsible for maintaining a correct record of their social security number and mailing address with the University, and for obtaining a corrected borrower card in case of error or changed data.
Material is due on the date/time indicated on the date-due slip, or as stated at the time of checkout. Borrowers are responsible for material checked out to them until it is returned to the circulation desk from which it was borrowed. Return receipts are issued on request. The General Libraries is not responsible for notifying borrowers that materials are overdue.
Loan periods. All materials are available for library use, and most are available for home use. Some items are restricted to short-term loan periods from two hours to seven days. General collection loan periods include fourteen days, twenty-eight days, and one semester. Items that have been checked out for a loan period of at least fourteen days and are not in demand may be renewed at most library circulation desks, or through the U-Renew option available on the online catalog (UTCAT) at any public terminal, or by remote access.
A borrower may request that the library recall an item that has been checked out to another borrower for at least fourteen days. Recall requests may be made at any time, but recalled items are not due during intersessions, official University holidays, or spring vacation. Recalled items are due on the date specified on the notice, or immediately if required for reserve use. Failure to return a recalled item may result in suspension of borrowing privileges. When a recalled item is returned, the requester is notified and the item is held for seven days.
Two-hour or overnight items
Two-hour or overnight items (on reserve)
Three-day and library-use items
Three-day and library-use items (on reserve)
Fourteen-day and twenty-eight-day items
Fines are assessed for each day the library is open.
Charges for loss and damage. Borrowers will be charged for lost and damaged items as follows:
Rebinding or repair charge
Library card for non-University borrowers. The University's libraries are open to the public for library use of materials. Adult Texas residents who are not members of the University community may borrow materials for home use by purchasing a Courtesy Borrower Card at the Perry-Castaneda Library Circulation Desk. A photo ID or two other identification cards are required at the time of purchase. Outstanding library charges must be paid before a courtesy card will be issued. The fee is waived for current members of the Ex-Students' Association and for faculty, professional staff, and students of many institutions of higher education. Cards are valid for the period of membership or appointment, not to exceed one year. A card may be renewed on the same basis as originally issued or according to other requirements as noted.
Courtesy borrowers are assessed fines and fees for late, lost, and damaged materials at the same rate as students and are billed by the Circulation Services Department. Unpaid charges may result in suspension of borrowing privileges.
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