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Circulation Policies

For ISU Students, Faculty, Staff, and Non-ISU Affiliates

Circulation Desk (812) 237.2541

Who May Borrow?

ISU students, faculty, and staff may borrow library materials by presenting their current school IDs.

Residents of Indiana and residents of the twenty Illinois counties participating in the Southeastern Illinois Waiver Program (Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Franklin, Hamilton, Jasper, Lawrence, Moultrie, Richland, Shelby, Vermillion, Wabash, Wayne and White), who are 18 years or older, may borrow library materials from the University Library by presenting a valid driver's license at the checkout desk. A guest borrower's card will be issued at no charge.

Local high school students may borrow materials upon presenting to the checkout desk a letter of authorization from a teacher, principal or librarian from their school. The borrower's card issued will be valid for the current semester.

Checkout Periods/Renewals

Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students

ISU Faculty and Staff

Indiana Residents, High School Students

**Items that have been recalled cannot be renewed.

Our Loan Period table has more detail about user groups and loan periods.

Renew items online, by calling (812) 237-2541, or visiting the library.


Extended loans and renewals are subject to recall after 3 weeks when requested by another library user. However, items needed for Reserve are subject to immediate recall.

Returning Items

Library Fines and Fees

Items long-overdue will be considered lost and automatically billed to your account. The interval before a bill is generated varies by type of item, meaning some types of material will be billed sooner than other types. Long-overdue items billed as "lost" will be assessed a default replacement charge. This is typically $75 for books and $40 for media. However, replacement fees are higher for more expensive items. Additionally, a non-refundable $10.00 processing fee is charged for each billed item.

Please remember that Browsing Media items (such as DVDs and CDs) only check out for 7 days are not renewable. Plan accordingly to avoid charges.

In most cases, when the item is subsequently returned the replacement charge is removed. Charges for billed items returned after one year will not be removed or refunded. Processing fees are not refundable.

If you think the library has made an error or if you have a special situation that made it difficult for you to return or renew materials on time, you may file an appeal. Charges may be upheld, reduced or cancelled. Appeals must be filed within 90 days of billing.

Users will be billed replacement charges and processing fees for items that have been damaged while in their care.

Library invoices must be paid at the Controllers Office. Users should retain all receipts.

Reserve Checkout/Renewals

Items placed on Reserve may be borrowed for 2 hours, 4 hours, 1 day, 3 days, or 7 days, dependent upon limits established by the instructor. Course-assigned readings are available only to ISU students.

Other Circulation Services

Searching for Missing Items:

Users may request a special search for an item not found on the shelf, or in pre-shelving. When the item is located, the user will be notified by e-mail/phone of its availability. Searches can be requested by clickinghere.


Users may request a book on loan to another patron. Notification of recall is issued immediately, but the initial 3 weeks due date will not be shortened. Recalls can be requested by clickinghere.

Rush Processing Requests:

For items "On Order" or "In Process" users may fill out a form by clicking here. Users are notified by email when the items are available for use. Please allow 7 working days for received items.

Graduate Carrels:

Graduate carrels are available for research. Patrons may fill out a form by clicking here.

Interlibrary Loan:

Interlibrary Loan services are available to current students, staff and faculty. If you require materials not held at the Cunningham Memorial Library and do not belong to the above category, please check for Interlibrary Loan services at your local public library. For further information, please contact the Interlibrary Loan office at 237-2566.

Library Hours:

For library hours call (812) 237-2375, or click here.

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