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Curry Library Policies

Policies relating to Curry Library services and resources.

Circulation Policy

Circulation Policy for William Jewell College Students/Faculty/Staff
Students, faculty and staff must show a current Jewell ID to check out library materials. Students may not check out materials without their student ID.

Checkout periods

  • Curry Library books: Due for return at the end of the semester for students, due at the end of each May for faculty/staff
  • Interlibrary Loan materials: Loan period is determined by the lending library
  • Course Reserve materialsGenerally 3 Days, or whatever loan period has been determined by the material's faculty.

MOBIUS interlibrary loan items may be renewed twice (either online or at the circulation desk) if there are no holds/requests from other patrons for them. OCLC interlibrary loan renewals may vary at the discretion of the lending library. Please see the circulation desk for questions.

Reserve materials may not be renewed without the approval of the Access Services Librarian.

Authorized Borrowers: The following patrons may also borrow materials from Curry Library. Please see the Access Services and Resource Librarian for lending restrictions and to request lending privileges.

  • Alumni
  • Family of faculty or staff
  • An area minister with permission from the Library Director
  • A College West resident
  • Members of a MOBIUS Consortium reciprocal library. Reciprocal library members may contact the Access Services and Resource Librarian for more information.
  • Community members may request a Courtesy Card for special circumstances. Approval will be at the Library Director’s discretion. 

Patrons without borrowing privileges may use any print materials in the library, but may not check them out. There is no guest access to electronic resources due to mandatory compliance with the library’s product vendor license agreements. 

Stolen or Damaged Materials
The Curry Library’s policy on stolen and damaged materials follows the William Jewell Student Standard of Conduct as stated in the Student Handbook. Specifically, any of the following acts are considered acts of vandalism by Library Services:

  • Tearing or removing pages from print materials
  • Underlining, highlighting or otherwise marking library materials
  • Mutilating or otherwise damaging tapes, cassettes, records, or any other Curry Library material
  • Removing Curry Library materials without authorization (i.e. through the official checkout system)
  • Failing to take proper care of checked out materials, resulting in damage

Any student or employee who commits any of the above is subject to penalties as outlined in the Student Standard of Conduct and Employee Handbook. Non-Jewell patrons will be subject to local vandalism laws.

Lost Materials
Items lost or misplaced by a patron must be reported to library staff as soon as possible. If the item is not located by the item’s due date, replacement costs will be charged.

Billed Items Due to Loss, Damage, or Theft
Patrons will be billed for replacement costs of materials and may lose library privileges until accounts are paid in full.

Patrons may have two options for replacing library materials:

  • Either pay the billed amount on the patron’s library account in accordance with replacement costs as determined by Jewell Library Services or reciprocal billing library; Or,
  • Purchase a new copy of the exact item to submit to Library Services no later than one week after a replacement bill has been received. This option will be made available at the discretion of the library staff with prior arrangement.

Charges for replacement items and fines: Items not returned or replaced will be billed one week after the item due date, unless previous arrangements are made with library services staff in advance. Bills for replacement costs and fines for late items will be submitted to the William Jewell College Business Office. Once charges are submitted to the Business Office they are irreversible.

Students with outstanding library accounts will be unable to register for classes and may have grades, transcripts, and/or diplomas held until their obligations have been met.