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Welcome to the Walter M. Bortz III Library: Circulation & Reserves

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Circulation Policy


Students and community patrons may check out books for four weeks. Other than McNaughton titles, they may be renewed for two additional four-week periods, provided that another patron has not requested the book. Students engaged in long-term research projects may arrange longer loan periods with a staff member. The book itself should be presented at the circulation desk for renewal. Patrons may also renew by phone by calling 434.223.7227 and reading the book's barcode number to the staff member on duty.

There are no limits on the number of books that faculty, staff, or students can check out. However, patrons are strongly encouraged to return books that they are not using so that the campus community at large can have access to them.

Media items

Films in DVD and VHS format, audio recordings (both tape and CD) are available for checkout to all patrons. Equipment, such as digital, still, and video cameras, and audio recorders, are available for checkout to faculty, staff, and students only. They circulate to students for three days, and to faculty and staff for five days, and may be renewed twice for the appropriate period of time in person or by phone by calling 434.223.6293.

Due to the size and demand on our media collections, we ask that you check out no more than five items at a time. Patrons are strongly encouraged to return items that they are not using so that the campus community at large can have access to them.

Overdue items

There are no fines for overdue books or media items. However, students and community patrons with overdue items are not allowed to check out additional items until the overdues are returned or renewed in person or by phone as described above. Students with overdue items will be allowed to check out materials on course reserve. Patrons will be expected to pay replacement costs on all lost materials.

Students who leave campus at the end of an academic year without returning library items will be billed for replacement costs. These charges may also be billed to student accounts.