John Paul II Library - Franciscan University of Steubenville
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Circulation Policies
 
- How do I check out a book?
- Can I renew a book?
- Do I have to come to the library to renew a book?
- Can I place a book on hold?
- Can I check out journals and magazines?
- What's a reserve book?
- How do I check a reserve book out?
- What if I keep my library materials out past the due date?
- How can I get a book or an article which is not owned by the John Paul II Library?
- Do I have to come to the library to return a book?
 
 
How do I check out a book?
Bring the book you want to check out and your university ID card to the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the library. Your university ID card is always necessary for checking out books. The loan period is 21 days. Students can borrow a maximum of 30 books at any one time.
 
Can I renew a book?
Yes, you can renew a book if no one else has requested it. A book from Franciscan or OhioLINK can be renewed up to four times.
 
Do I have to come to the library to renew a book?
No, you can renew a book on line at the JPII Library website, or by calling the circulation desk at 283-6366.
 
Can I place a book on hold?
You can place a 'hold' on up to 10 books at any one time, if they are not on the library shelves. When the book is returned to the library, you will be notified by mail or telephone. The book will be kept on the hold shelf for 5 days. If the book is on the library shelves, you will not be able to place a hold and you must come to the library to check it out.
 
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Can I check out journals and magazines?
You cannot  check out bound or current journals and magazines.
 
What's a reserve book?
Professors put 'on reserve' those books that related to a course they are teaching. They are not in general circulation. Reserve books may be used in the library only or may taken out overnight, depending on the arrangement.   Reserve books are kept on the shelves behind the Circulation Desk.
 
How do I check a reserve book out?
Ask the staff person at the Circulation Desk for the book you want. You will need your university ID card. If it is an hourly book, the staff person will tell you at what time the book is due. If it is an 'overnight' book, you may borrow it after 4:00 pm and return it no later than 10:00 am the following morning. Overdue fines for reserve books are $1.00 per hour.
 
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What if I keep my library materials out past the due date?
You wouldn't do that. But if you did, you would be charged 50 cents per day per book and $1.00 per hour for reserve materials. Please remember that overdue fines begin accruing on the due date, even though you may not receive an overdue notice for a few days.
 
How can I get a book or an article which is not owned by the John Paul II Library?
If a book is not at the John Paul II Library, you can check the OhioLINK catalog. Articles are available through the library's Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL) free of charge.
 
Do I have to come to the library to return a book?
Materials from the John Paul II library can be returned by using the "book return bin" located in the lobby of Egan Hall any day of the week. Materials will be picked up at regularly scheduled times throughout the day. Overdue or requested materials should be brought directly to the Library.
 
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