Circulation Policy

     

Current City University of Seattle faculty, staff, and enrolled students (hereafter referred to as patrons) are eligible to borrow materials from the City University of Seattle Vi Tasler Library & Learning Resource Center (hereafter referred to as CityU Library). Patrons in the U.S. and Canada may borrow physical materials from the CityU Library. Patrons outside the U.S. and Canada may access the library’s print collection via e-delivery in compliance with U.S. Copyright law.

City University of Seattle Alumni are welcome to use our library's physical materials and online resources, including article databases, on-site at the CityU Library in Seattle, Washington.

Members of the public are welcome to use our library’s physical materials and select online resources at the on-site public access computer at the CityU Library in Seattle, Washington.

Patrons are responsible for:

  • All materials checked out in their name;
  • Knowing and adhering to due dates;
  • Maintaining current contact information in the My.CityU portal, including email and mailing address;
  • Renewing materials as needed;
  • Returning materials on time and in good condition to the Seattle campus.

     

Circulation Period

Materials in the CityU Library circulate for the following time periods:
  • Print and audiovisual materials circulate for 6 weeks;
  • Curriculum materials circulate for 6 weeks;
  • E-books circulate for variable time periods, depending on the vendor;
  • Interlibrary loan materials circulate for a time period that is determined by the lending library;
  • Materials placed on course reserve circulate for a time period that is determined by the instructor;
  • Print periodicals and reference materials do not circulate.

     

Returning Items

Patrons are responsible for returning library materials to the Seattle campus. Items may be returned in person during normal library business hours, or by mail at the patron’s expense, to the address below. There is no book drop available at the Seattle campus to return books to when the library is closed:

City University of Seattle Library & LRC
521 Wall Street, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98121

     

Renewing Items

Print and audiovisual materials may be renewed one time if no one is waiting for the item (see Holds). Materials can be renewed through the Ask a Librarian, by phone, in person, or through the library website. Course reserves may not be renewed. Materials borrowed through interlibrary loan may be renewed at the discretion of the lending library and renewal requests should be made at least 5 days prior to the due date.

     

Holds

If a patron needs an item that is checked out, s/he may place a hold on the item. Hold requests may be submitted through Ask a Librarian, by phone, or in person.

If an item has been placed on hold by another patron, the original due date is still in effect.

     

Overdue Items

Library materials are overdue if not returned by the due date. Overdue notices are sent as a courtesy 2 weeks after an item’s due date. Patrons are responsible for returning or replacing materials whether or not an overdue notice has been received. The Library does not charge daily fines for overdue materials.

     

Lost or Damaged Items

A Library Materials Invoice is sent 4 weeks after an item’s due date, listing the replacement cost for the item. An item is considered lost if it has not been returned by the time an invoice is sent.

Upon receipt of an invoice a patron must do one of the following:

  • Return the item;
  • Furnish the library with a new copy of the exact item that was lost;
  • Furnish the library with a substitute, accepted by the collection development librarian as equivalent to the lost item;
  • Pay the default replacement cost for the item.

Materials are to be returned in the same condition they left the library, except for normal wear and tear. If an item is damaged, a patron may either furnish a replacement copy that is accepted by the collection development librarian as equivalent, or pay the default replacement cost for the item.

If you elect to furnish the library with a new copy of a lost item or a copy of an accepted substitute item, the library will not refund your purchase price if you later locate the original item.

The library reserves the right not to accept the return or replacement of an item that is one year or more past its original due date.

     

Default Replacement Costs

Books - $50
Curriculum - $100
Audiovisual materials - $100
Interlibrary loan materials - $80

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges:

When a Library Materials Invoice is issued, borrowing privileges are suspended until the item is returned, a suitable replacement copy has been provided, or the invoice is paid in full. In the event of an outstanding balance for library materials, City University of Seattle will hold school transcripts or diplomas, or refuse to accept registration for future classes. In the event of repeated disregard of due dates, borrowing privileges may be suspended for an extended period of time.

Payment for invoices should be marked “For Library Materials” and be sent to the following address:

City University of Seattle
Business Office (Library Materials)
521 Wall Street, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98121

     

Confidentiality of Library Records

Circulation records are confidential. Confidentiality extends to information sought or received, and materials consulted, borrowed, and acquired. Library staff will not disclose who has borrowed an item or which items have been borrowed outside except for library administration purposes, or unless required to do so by court order.

     

Additional Services

Students taking courses outside the United States may be provided with local library services through arrangements made by the local academic program. When borrowing materials through these local libraries, the circulation policy of the local library supersedes City University of Seattle’s circulation policy and procedures.

For example see: Canadian Services, VSM Library in Slovakia.

     



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