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Borrowing & Renewals

  • What items are available for checkout?

    General Items

      Students & Staff Faculty, Graduate Assistants, NMU Retirees Community Borrower Cardholders
    Books and Government Documents  5 weeks 1 semester 5 weeks
    Media 7 days 7 days 7 days
    Journals/Magazines Not eligible for checkout 1 week Not eligible for checkout
    Reserve Material Varies Varies Not eligible for checkout
    ASNMU Bike Share 3 days 3 days Not eligible for checkout
    Board Games 3 days 3 days Not eligible for checkout
    Locker 1 semester 1 semester Not eligible for checkout
    Conference Room 2 hours 2 hours Not eligible for checkout

    Equipment Items

    Laptop Chargers 24 hours 24 hours Not eligible for checkout
    Phone Chargers 24 hours 24 hours Not eligible for checkout
    Camera & Tripods 7 days 7 days Not eligible for checkout
    Graphing Calculators 24 hours 24 hours Not eligible for checkout
    Flash Drives 7 days 7 days Not eligible for checkout

     

  • How long can I have items checked out?

    General Items

      Students & Staff Faculty, Graduate Assistants, NMU Retirees Community Borrower Cardholders
    Books and Government Documents  5 weeks 1 semester 5 weeks
    Media 7 days 7 days 7 days
    Journals/Magazines Not eligible for checkout 1 week Not eligible for checkout
    Reserve Material Varies Varies Not eligible for checkout
    ASNMU Bike Share 3 days 3 days Not eligible for checkout
    Board games 3 days 3 days Not eligible for checkout
    Locker 1 semester 1 semester Not eligible for checkout
    Conference Room 2 hours 2 hours Not eligible for checkout

    Equipment Items

    Laptop Chargers 24 hours 24 hours Not eligible for checkout
    Phone Chargers 24 hours 24 hours Not eligible for checkout
    Camera & Tripods 7 days 7 days Not eligible for checkout
    Graphing Calculators 24 hours 24 hours Not eligible for checkout
    Flash Drives 7 days 7 days Not eligible for checkout

     

  • Is there a cost for renting a locker?

    Lockers may be checked out at no charge for a full semester by NMU faculty, staff, and students. 

    See the Locker Rental Policy for details.

  • What are the overdue fines?

    Overdue Fines

    Books & Media $0.15 per day, Maximum $15 per item
    Equipment, Lockers, Conference Rooms, Reserve Items

    $0.60 per hour or $10 per day, Maximum $100 per item
    $25 for replacement locker or conference room key

    ASNMU Bike Share $3 per day
    Recalled Items Fines are doubled for recalled items

    Faculty, staff, graduate assistants, and retirees are exempt from overdue fines. 

  • Can I check out books from other libraries?

    If we don’t have the item you need, you can request physical and electronic resources from other libraries using our MeLCat and Interlibrary Loan services.

  • How can I renew my materials?

    Renewing NMU material

    Login to your account in the library catalog. You may click “Select All” or click the appropriate checkboxes. Select “Request Renewal.”

    Overdue item renewals may be requested:

    Items on hold or recalled cannot be renewed. Equipment, bikes, lockers, conference rooms, and reserve items cannot be renewed.

    Renewing MeLCat items

    Renewing Interlibrary Loan items

  • What items can be renewed and for how long?

    Renewals

    • Books, government documents, and media can be renewed indefinitely unless the item is on hold or recalled.
    • Equipment, bikes, lockers, conference rooms, and reserve items cannot be renewed.

    Learn about MeLCat & Interlibrary Loan renewals.

  • How do I place a hold or recall on an item?

    Holds and Recalls

    Holds can be placed on any item with the exception of bikes, lockers, equipment and reserve items. Holds will reserve an item for you as soon as the item is returned. Holds can be placed on items by viewing them in the catalog and selecting “Make a Request.”

    A recall will reset the due date for the item to five days from the date the recall was placed. Items are eligible for recall two weeks after the original check-out date or a renewal date. Fines for late recall items are double the typical rate. Recalls can only be placed by library staff.

  • What happens when an item is very overdue?

    Depending on the type of item, after a set number of days, we consider the item lost and charge you the replacement cost of the item and a non-refundable $15 processing fee. The date you are charged is known as the billing date. There is a grace period before all charges become non-refundable. If the item is returned within the grace period, the replacement cost will be refunded and late fees will be assessed; however, the processing fee will not be refunded.

     

      Item considered "Lost" and account charged Replacement cost becomes nonrefundable
    Books, Government Document, Media, Journal/Magazine, ASNMU Bike Share  50 days overdue 30 days after billing date
    Equipment & Reserve Item 30 days overdue 10 days after billing date

     

    If the item is returned after the replacement cost refund deadline, the item is considered a gift to the library. You may request a letter acknowledging your gift at the time you return the item. Fines and processing fees are non-refundable.

    If you wish to appeal charges, you must do so by submitting a Billing and Fine Appeal form within 15 days of the billing date. You will receive a response within 2 weeks.

    The Lydia M. Olson Library reserves the right to suspend a patron’s borrowing privileges. Registration, diplomas, and transcripts will be held until all materials are returned and/or all fines are paid.

  • Can I check out items if I am not an NMU student, faculty, staff or retiree?

    Community Borrower Card

    Community Borrower cardholders can borrow from our library collection with some exceptions. Please see details of the Community Borrower Card program.

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