circulation policy

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Realizing the variety in type and duration of information needs, the Turchin circulation policy has remained liberal in order to satisfy as many patrons as possible. The Turchin staff reserves the right to recall any material at any time, as deemed necessary.

Categories of Library Patrons

Tulane Undergraduate Students
All Tulane undergraduate students may check out an unlimited number of circulating books for a period of four weeks each. There are 10 renewal periods. However, renewals will not be placed on materials in which another patron has requested use. The library furthermore reserves the right to recall library material requested by another patron.

Tulane Graduate Students
All Tulane graduate students may check out an unlimited number of circulating books for the semester. There are 10 renewal periods. However, renewals will not be placed on materials in which another patron has requested use. The library furthermore reserves the right to recall library material requested by another patron.

Tulane Faculty
Tulane faculty may check out circulating books for a period of one year. The library reserves the right to recall material. Library journals circulate for a period of one week to Business School Faculty only.

Tulane Staff
Tulane staff may check out circulating books for a period of four weeks each.  There are 10 renewal periods.  However, renewals will not be placed on materials in which another patron has requested use.  The library furthermore reserves the right to recall library material requested by another patron.

Tulane Alumni
Tulane alumni may request an Alumni card, which enables alumni to borrow books from the library.  There is a $50 annual fee for an Alumni card.  The subscriber card will be valid for a
period of 12 months from the date of subscription. Turchin Library Subscribers are permitted to have a maximum of five books checked out at one time, and are entitled to check out circulating books for a period of two weeks. Subscribers are entitled to one 2 week renewal period. However, renewals will not be placed on materials in which another patron has requested use. The library furthermore reserves the right to recall library material requested by another patron. Subscribers do not have access to the licensed electronic databases, or to interlibrary loan services.  To become an official Tulane alumnus, please contact the Tulane Alumni Office at 504-865-5901, or via email at alumni@tulane.edu.  Present the Alumni card at the Howard-Tilton Library Circulation Desk to receive a library card.

Howard-Tilton Subscribers
Anyone may purchase a Subscriber Card, which entitles patrons not affiliated with Tulane to borrow books from the library. Howard-Tilton Subscribers are treated as Tulane Alumni Subscribers. They are permitted to have a maximum of five books checked out at one time, and are entitled to check out circulating books for a period of two weeks. Subscribers are entitled to one 2 week renewal period. However, renewals will not be placed on materials in which another patron has requested use. The library furthermore reserves the right to recall library material requested by another patron. Subscribers do not have access to the licensed electronic databases, or to interlibrary loan services.  There is a $250.00 annual fee for a Subscriber card.  Cards cannot be renewed until all outstanding fines are paid.  Please call the Howard-Tilton Library Circulation Desk at 504-865-5901 for further information.

Circulating Materials
All patron categories are required to follow the following procedure in checking out library material.

The patron must present a valid Tulane ID when checking out material:

  • Tulane Students, Faculty, Staff (Tulane ID card)
  • Tulane Alumni (Alumni card from Tulane Alumni Office)
  • Howard-Tilton Subscribers (Subscriber card)

Renewals
The renewal period is dependent on the category of patron. The material can be renewed in person at the Turchin Library Service Desk or online via the Library Online Catalog.

Fines
The Turchin Library charges fines for overdue course reserve materials, career books & media, lost materials, and recalls not checked in by the due date.

The fine rate for overdue course reserves is $0.60/hour for 2-hour & 4-hour library use only loans and $0.60/day for 1-day, 2-day, and 7-day loans (including career books & media). The maximum fine is $20.00. Fines do not accrue during hours the library is not open. Once the maximum fine has been reached, the item is considered lost and lost material fines apply.

Lost Materials: the customer is responsible for the replacement cost of the book, a standard fee of $49.00, plus a $15.00 processing fee.

In the event the library or a customer places a recall on material and it is not returned within the designated time period, the customer will be charged a $1.00 fine per day until the material is returned.

Charges will be posted to Gibson (Tulane University/Accounts Receivable). Several attempts will be made to contact the customer before posting a fine to Gibson, however, once posted it will not be removed.

Lost Materials
In the event the patron loses an item checked out to him/her, the patron is responsible for the replacement cost of the book, a standard fee of $49.00, plus a $15.00 handling fee.

Destruction of Materials
In the event a library patron defaces or destroys library material, he/she will be responsible for the replacement value of the material plus a $15.00 handling fee. This fee applies whether the material has been checked out, or is being used in the library.

 

Last Updated 8/2/13
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