Due to the current Global Pandemic of COVID-19 and the rising Delta variant, Shaw University Libraries and the James E. Cheek Learning Resources Center will institute restrictions or temporary policies to comply with health and safety standards.
Please see our Libraries COVID-19 Response LibGuide for more information about our temporary policies, which supersede any policies listed on this page as applicable.
Some items in the Library collection are not permitted to be checked out and are for in-library use only:
For some special types of materials, the loan periods are the same for all borrowers:
For all other types of items, the loan periods are as follows:
|Type of Borrower||Length of Loan Period|
If your item is due soon and you need it longer, you may extend the checkout period by renewing it according to the following policies:
|Type of Borrower||Maximum # of Items Checked Out at Once|
Overdue books will accrue fines at a rate of $0.25 per day. If a book is overdue for 4 weeks, it will be deemed lost and the borrower will be charged a replacement fee of at least $100 plus a processing fee. The cost of the item will be waived if the item is then returned.
Overdue audiovisual materials will accrue fines at a rate of $1.00 per day. If an audiovisual item is overdue for 2 weeks, it will be deemed lost and the borrower will be charged a replacement fee of at least $100 plus a processing fee. The cost of the item will be waived if the item is then returned.
Overdue Course Reserves, which check out on an hourly basis, will accrue fines at a rate of $0.50 per hour. If a Course Reserve item is overdue for 24 hours, it will be deemed lost and the borrower will be charged a replacement fee of at least $100 plus a processing fee. The cost of the item will be waived if the item is then returned.
Fines and fees for items not specified above may vary depending on type.
These policies were created to provide faculty, staff and students with a quiet and pleasant study environment and help preserve the University's collection, equipment, and library furnishings for all users.
The library is not responsible for personal items found or left in its spaces, including theft or damage to property that is not owned by the institution. We encourage you to keep items with you at all times, and to report missing items as soon as possible.
Items left in the James E. Cheek Learning Resources Center, or turned into our staff at any service desk, that are of value or have personal information (such as Credit Cards, Personal Information Cards, cell phones, wallets, etc.) will be taken to the Campus Security Building for safe keeping.
Items of lower value or risk, such as pencils, jackets, chargers, etc., will be held in the lost and found area of the Circulation Desk until the end of each semester. After semester ends, items will be donated, discarded, or otherwise moved to Campus Security and will not be held in Library spaces.
To obtain materials that Shaw University Libraries does not own, there are a few options available to you:
For details and request forms, see the Other Lending Resources guide.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Any persons using library equipment are liable for any infringement, and will be reported as necessary.
Plagiarism is a violation of the Shaw University Student Code of Conduct, and will be reported as deemed necessary
For more information on these policies and the statements herein, please see our Copyright and Plagiarism LibGuide.
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