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Policies

Code of Conduct
Access to the Mercyhurst Libraries information materials, computers, network, and building resources is a privilege granted to Mercyhurst University students, faculty, and staff. The Libraries also welcomes authorized, affiliated users and guests whose needs for access reflect the educational and research mission of the university and whose usage does not interfere with access by Mercyhurst students, faculty, and staff.
  • All persons must abide by the policies of the Mercyhurst Libraries and Mercyhurst University.
  • All individuals should be prepared to present identification at any time.
  • All individuals are expected to be considerate of others needs in their use of resources and in their behavior.
 
To provide a secure environment conducive to productive scholarship, library staff or Mercyhurst Police & Safety staff are authorized to:
  • Request current identification of any person in the library.
  • Question any person if it appears that any Mercyhurst Library or Mercyhurst University policies are being disregarded and to call for assistance if necessary.
  • Limit or revoke library privileges any time its policies are being disregarded.
 
This policy applies to all users, whether or not they are affiliated with the university. All individuals are responsible for their own actions and are accountable for their conduct.
Circulation of Library Materials
 
Borrowing Privileges
Mercyhurst University students, faculty, staff, administration, trustees and the Sisters of Mercy are eligible to borrow up to two (2) materials from the Hammermill and Ridge Libraries. In addition, limited borrowing privileges are extended to Mercyhurst University alumni, faculty and students from other area colleges and universities, and Mercyhurst Prep juniors and seniors (2 items at any one time). Occasionally, with the Director's permission, courtesy cards are issued to people not directly affiliated with the University.
Information on Current Faculty Borrowing Procedures and Policies can be found here.
Identification
Students, faculty, and staff of Mercyhurst University must present a valid Mercyhurst University ID or other form of photo identification to check out materials or obtain information about one's account. All other authorized users (Mercyhurst University alumni, faculty and students from other area colleges and universities, and Mercyhurst Prep juniors and seniors and retirees of the University) must present a green library card. To obtain a green Mercyhurst Library Card please visit the Circulation Desk at the library. Issuance of a green guest library card is subject to verification of identification and status by the Circulation Desk Supervisor or Library Director. Only these individuals may issue a green guest library card.
Responsibility
Each patron assumes responsibility for all materials checked out on his/her library account. Full payment of charges on a patron account will result in clearing patron accounts. Partial payments will be accepted but will not clear an account for issuance of a diploma or transcript. Patrons assume liability for any damages, theft, or loss that may occur while items are checked out to their account.
 
Loan Rules
Item Type Students Faculty/Staff/Administration Alumni/Other Colleges/Prep
Books, Curriculum Library, & Music Scores 28 Days 60 Days 28 Days
Videos & DVD's 7 Days 7 Days 2 hrs (library use only)
Music CD's 7 Days 60 Days 2 hrs (library use only)
 
Reserve materials circulate for 2 hours, 2 days, or 7 days. The loan period is decided by the instructor.
Any item, with the exception of reserve materials, may be renewed once. A library patron can renew items at the circulation desk, by phone (x2234), or through Your Account. Materials may not be renewed if another patron has placed a hold on them.
Reference materials and periodicals DO NOT CIRCULATE.
 
Placing Holds
If a desired item is currently on loan, a hold may be placed to reserve that item when it is returned. To place a hold electronically, click the "Place Hold" button when viewing the record for the item in our online catalog. A notice is sent when the requested item is available.
Notices
Patrons will be notified 3 days prior to an item's due date, and again the day before it is due. Patrons with overdue items will receive notices when they are 1, 7, 14, and 21 days overdue. If the materials are not returned after the third notice, the patron is billed for the charges outlined below.
Fees and Fines
Overdue fines accrue at the rate of $.20/day for a book, or $1.00/day for videocassettes and DVDs. When a book or compact disc is 28 days overdue, it is considered lost. For lost or damaged library materials, the patron is charged for replacement along with a $10.00 non-negotiable overdue fine and a $25.00 processing fee. A patron has ninety (90) days from the date of the Invoice to return an item(s) for credit of the replacement cost(s) and processing fees (the $10.00 fine remains on account).
Cell Phone Policy
Use of cellular telephones and other personal communication devices within the Mercyhurst Libraries is restricted to the main lobby. Personal communication devices should be turned off or set to silent mode upon entering the building.
Code of Conduct for the Use of Information Technology
Click here for the complete IT Code of Conduct.
Food and Beverage Policy
This food and drink policy has been devised to protect the libraries collections, equipment, and facilities.
  • 1. Food is permitted only in the 24/7 Study Room and Cafe Area. Food is defined as any edible food EXCEPT gum, cough drops or throat lozenges.
  • 2. If you must carry food with you (that you intend to consume somewhere other than the library) it must remain in your backpack or other closed bag.
  • 3. Beverages are permitted in lidded containers. Aluminum soda cans are not acceptable.
  • 4. No food OR drink are allowed in the library computer labs. This includes L-100, L-306 and L-325. Food AND drink must be kept away from the computers in Weber Hall and the Reference area as well.
  • 5. No food OR drink are allowed in the Sister Mary Lawrence Franklin Archival Center or when viewing materials from the archives or Special Collections anywhere in the library. This includes master's theses.
  • 6. Library patrons must clean up after themselves and use appropriate waste baskets and/or recycling bins.
Tobacco Policy
No tobacco products OF ANY TYPE may be used in Hammermill Library. This includes smokeless tobacco. "Spit receptacles" must be disposed of outside the building.
Copyright Information
Click here for the Mercyhurst Libraries Copyright Policies.