| Borrowing Library Materials
Stevenson Library's Circulation Desk is where patrons can check library materials in and out of the library. Reserve materials, laptops computers, CDs and DVDs are also located at the Circulation Desk. The Circulation Desk is on the Main Floor of the Library. Questions and comments about the area can be addressed to Cheryl Reynolds, Circulation Services and Collections Supervisor. For general information call 570-484-2309.
Media equipment ranging from Assistive Technology Devices to an array of laptops and video cameras may also be borrowed from Stevenson Library’s Media Services department. Media Services is located on the Ground Floor of Stevenson Library. Questions and comments about the area can be addressed to Bernadette Heiney. For general information call 570-484-2228.
Clearfield Campus Library
Questions and comments about borrowing library materials from the Clearfield Campus Library can be addressed to Stephanie Kulas, Clearfield Campus Librarian. For general information call 814-786-3411.
The following is a list of FAQ’s that should help you get started when borrowing library materials from Stevenson or the Clearfield Campus Library.
Who May Borrow Materials from the Library?
- Lock Haven University students, faculty and staff
- Retired Lock Haven University faculty and staff with photo identification
- Any resident of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with photo identification and proof of residence
The Lock Haven University Libraries require all borrowers to present acceptable identification.
- Lock Haven University students, faculty and staff must present their university identification card.
- Community patrons and retired faculty and staff must present a community card, issued at one of the two circulation desks. A form of photo identification will be requested before a community card will be issued.
Please report lost cards immediately. You are responsible for all items borrowed on your library account.
Please report all changes of address directly to the Stevenson Library Circulation Desk or the Clearfield Campus Library Circulation Desk.
How Long May I Keep Materials?
The loan period will vary depending on your borrowing status and the item in question. Please consult the LHU Libraries Loan Guidelines for specific details on an item type.
Can I Renew My Checked Out Materials?
Most library material may be renewed at least once. Please consult the LHU Libraries Loan Guidelines to determine the duration and amount of an item’s renewal period.
Most material may be renewed in person or by phone at a service desk or via the Library’s Online Catalog. However, laptops and media equipment must be renewed in person at a service desk.
Overdue items may be renewed unless they have been declared Lost.
Are there Fines for Overdue Materials?
You are responsible for returning or renewing materials on or before the due date. Overdue fines are charged for certain materials that are not returned on the specified due date. Please consult the Library Fines schedule and the Media Services Loan Guidelines. The overdue fine for the 3-hour circulating laptops is $5.00 an hour.
Will I Receive a Reminder Notice if an Item is Overdue?
1. A reminder notice will be sent one day after the item’s due date.
2. One week later, a second notice will be sent.
3. After the second week, a third notice will be sent.
4. If the overdue item is not returned after the third week past the due date, the item will be marked Lost. A notice with a charge for the replacement cost plus a processing fee will be sent. If the replacement cost and fee are not paid, further steps may be taken through the Bursar to place a hold on the student's transcript, deny registration for classes, and/or delay graduation. Civil prosecution may also be pursued.
5. Reminder notices will be sent via email whenever possible.
What Happens if I Lose a Book or Other Library Item?
If an item is marked Lost you are responsible for any replacement costs associated with item.
Books: If the book is in print, the replacement cost will be the full hardback price plus a $10.00 processing fee. If the book is out of print, the cost will be $50.00 plus a $10.00 processing fee.
Reserve Materials: The cost of reserve materials will be figured as above.
Periodicals: The cost of lost periodicals will be the price of the microform necessary to fill in the incomplete volume and a $10.00 processing fee. For single issues, the cost will be the purchase replacement issue and a $ 10.00 processing fee.
Videos and DVDs: The cost of lost videos and DVDs will be the price necessary to replace them plus a $10.00 processing fee. If no longer available, the replacement cost for all videos and DVDs will be their original price plus a $10.00 processing fee.
CDs: The cost of lost CDs will be the price necessary to replace them plus a $10.00 processing fee. If no longer available, the replacement cost for CDs will be their original price plus a $10.00 processing fee.
Media Equipment and other Miscellaneous Items: If any piece of equipment is lost, stolen, or damaged while checked out, the user will be responsible for the replacement or cost of repairs of the equipment.
What Happens if Something I Borrow is Damaged?
Books and other circulating materials that are damaged will be reviewed individually. All bound library materials will be reviewed by whether or not they can be bound or rebound. If the material is able to be bound, there is a $10.00 binding fee and a $10.00 processing fee. For materials that are unable to be bound, the current replacement cost will be required as well as the $10.00 processing fee.
Single issue periodicals will be charged the purchase replacement issue and a $10.00 processing fee. Bound periodicals will include the full subscription price plus a $10.00 binding fee and a $10.00 processing fee.
Media Equipment: If any media equipment is lost, stolen, or damaged while checked out, the user will be responsible for the replacement or cost of repairs of the equipment.
Other Library Materials: For other library materials not otherwise designated above, the cost will be the replacement cost plus a $10.00 processing fee or a flat fee of $20.00, whichever is greater.
How do I Borrow a Laptop?
Stevenson Library provides 15 Dell Latitude D620 Notebook computers and 5 MacBooks for in-house use only by LHU students. Clearfield Campus Library provides 8 laptops. These laptops are available at the circulation desks and may be borrowed for 3 hour periods. They may be renewed for an additional 3 hours if no one else is waiting for them. Students must fill out a Laptop Agreement form at a circulation desk before borrowing a laptop for the first time. All laptops must be returned within one hour of the Library’s closing. Please see the Circulating Laptop Policy for additional information.
In addition, Media Services provides 16 PC laptops and 3 Macs for 24-hour circulation, with one renewal, by LHU faculty, staff and students. These computers may be reserved in advance by calling the Media Services Desk at 570-484-2228.
What are Reserve Materials?
The Reserve areas are located behind the Circulation Desk on the main floor of Stevenson Library and the Clearfield Campus Library Circulation Desk. They include library materials that faculty members have designated as required reading and have placed in the library to be utilized by the student. Because this material is in constant demand, circulation is restricted. The Reserve areas also have books of general interest that have limited or restricted access. In order to use any materials from these Reserve areas, a valid student identification card is necessary. There are no exceptions to this regulation.
Many reserve materials are available through ERes, the Library’s online electronic reserves system. ERes may only be accessed by students, faculty, and staff of Lock Haven University. Currently, Adobe Acrobat software is required to view documents placed on ERes.
What Should I Do If I Can’t Find a Book in the Library?
If the book you are looking for is not on the shelf, check the Library Catalog to be sure that the status is “Checked In”. If you are not sure where to look for the book, ask for assistance at the Reference Desk on the main floor of Stevenson Library or at the Clearfield Campus Library Circulation Desk. If the book is missing from the shelf and the status is “Checked In”, please report the book as missing by filling out a form at either circulation desk. Circulation staff search repeatedly for missing books and you will be notified if they find the book. The book will be considered for replacement if it can’t be found after repeated searches.
After you have reported a book as missing, you may request it from another library through E-ZBorrow.
How Do I Place a Hold on Library Material that is Checked Out?
If the item that you need is already checked out, you may request it from another library through E-ZBorrow. You may also place a request for a hold in the Library Catalog so that when the book is returned, you will be notified and the book will be held at your campus library’s circulation desk for you.
What Should I Do If I Want a Book that is Held by Another Campus Library?
The Library Catalog includes all library material held by both the Stevenson and the Clearfield Campus Libraries. If you see that an item is owned by another campus library, you may request that it be sent to your campus by clicking on the Request link at the top of the Library Catalog screen. Items will be sent by intercampus delivery to the circulation desk of your campus library. It is your responsibility to pick them up at that service desk.