Borrowing and Renewals

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The library's temporary location at Gries Hall will not have publicly browsable collections. During the renovation, requests for materials must be made in advance. NMU affiliated patrons can start by logging into your Library Account, searching for a particular item, then click on the "Request" link within the "Get It" section of the item description. Fill in any information that may be pertinent to your request and click "Send Request". The video below walks through making a material request.

Requests will typically be fulfilled within 1 business day, and a confirmation email will be sent out once your item is ready to be picked-up from the Public Service Desk, on the first floor.

Students, faculty, and staff need a current NMU ID card to borrow materials. 

Community Borrowers may make request for materials through this request form. 

Last Updated: Feb 09, 2024 | Topics: Borrowing & Renewals

General Items:

 Students & StaffFaculty, Graduate Assistants, NMU RetireesCommunity Borrower Cardholders
Books & Government Documents1 semester1 semester5 weeks
Media14 days14 days14 days
Journals & MagazinesNot eligible for checkout1 weekNot eligible for checkout
Reserve MaterialVariesVariesNot eligible for checkout
Locker1 semester1 semesterNot eligible for checkout
Rooms2 hours2 hoursNot eligible for checkout

Equipment Items:

 Students & StaffFaculty, Graduate Assistants, NMU RetireesCommunity Borrower Cardholders
Laptop Chargers24 hours24 hoursNot eligible for checkout
Phone Chargers24 hours24 hoursNot eligible for checkout
Camera & Tripods7 days7 daysNot eligible for checkout
Graphing Calculators24 hours24 hoursNot eligible for checkout
Flash Drives7 days7 daysNot eligible for checkout
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2024 | Topics: Borrowing & Renewals

Renewals

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

Learn about MeLCat & Interlibrary Loan renewals.

Last Updated: Dec 06, 2023 | Topics: Borrowing & Renewals

Renewing NMU material

Login to your library account. You may click Select All or click the appropriate checkboxes. Click Renew.

Overdue item renewals may be requested:

Renewals should be requested on or after the item's due date. Items on hold or recalled cannot be renewed. Equipment, lockers, conference rooms, and reserve items cannot be renewed.

Renewing MeLCat items

Renewing Interlibrary Loan items

Last Updated: Dec 06, 2023 | Topics: Borrowing & Renewals

There is no limit to the number of NMU-owned material that can be checked out to you.

MeLCat and Interlibrary Loan maximum request information

Last Updated: Jul 03, 2019 | Topics: Borrowing & Renewals

General Items:

 Students & StaffFaculty, Graduate Assistants, NMU RetireesCommunity Borrower Cardholders
Books & Government Documents1 semester1 semester5 weeks
Media14 days14 days14 days
Journals & MagazinesNot eligible for checkout1 weekNot eligible for checkout
Reserve MaterialVariesVariesNot eligible for checkout
Locker1 semester1 semesterNot eligible for checkout
Rooms2 hours2 hoursNot eligible for checkout

Equipment Items:

 Students & StaffFaculty, Graduate Assistants, NMU RetireesCommunity Borrower Cardholders
Laptop Chargers24 hours24 hoursNot eligible for checkout
Phone Chargers24 hours24 hoursNot eligible for checkout
Camera & Tripods7 days7 daysNot eligible for checkout
Graphing Calculators24 hours24 hoursNot eligible for checkout
Flash Drives7 days7 daysNot eligible for checkout
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2024 | Topics: Borrowing & Renewals

Overdue Fines

Books & MediaNo late fines
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
Recalled ItemsFines are doubled for recalled items

If you would like to appeal a fine, please fill out the fine appeal form.

Last Updated: Jun 19, 2024 | Topics: Borrowing & Renewals

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 chargedReplacement cost becomes nonrefundable
Books, Government Document, Media, Journal/Magazine, Equipment & Reserve Items30 days overdue10 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.

Last Updated: Dec 06, 2023 | Topics: Borrowing & Renewals

Holds and Recalls

Holds can be placed on any item with the exception of lockers, equipment and reserve items. In the library catalog, search for the desired item. Click "Request" in the "Get It" section. Remember to log into your account to access this option.

If the item is currently checked out to another patron, a hold will reserve it for you once the item is returned. If the item is available, Circulation staff will place it on the hold shelf for your convenience. You will receive an email notification when the item is available on the hold shelf. It will remain on the hold shelf for 10 days. 

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.

Last Updated: Dec 06, 2023 | Topics: Borrowing & Renewals

Community Borrower Card

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

Last Updated: Jul 03, 2019 | Topics: Borrowing & Renewals

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.

Last Updated: Aug 06, 2019 | Topics: Borrowing & Renewals

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.

Last Updated: Aug 09, 2019 | Topics: Borrowing & Renewals
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