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Library policies

Borrowing from Fintel Library

1. What do I need in order to borrow materials?
Not a lot. Just bring your campus ID. While we have a strong preference for your use of your campus ID, we will accept your seven digit student ID number (found on the front of your card), assuming you've memorized it.


2. How long can I keep materials? Are there any limits on what I may borrow? What if I lose or damage something that I've borrowed?   

Terms of Borrowing
Item Type Loan Period Renewals Fines Max Fines
Books - Students, Faculty and Staff 120 Days  1 (°) N/A (⌂) $0.00
DVDs - Students, Faculty and Staff 7 Days N/A $0.00
Markers, Headphones, HDMI cable 3 Hours $0.25/hour $5.00
3 Hour Laptops 3 Hours $1.00/hour $30.00
3 Day Laptops, Cameras, Projectors, Voice Recorders 3 Days $1.00/hour $30.00
Popular Magazines 7 Days N/A $0.00
Periodicals and Newspapers Non-circulating N/A N/A N/A
Books - Guest Borrowers 30 Days 1 $0.25/day $9.75
DVDs - Guest Borrowers 7 Days 1 $1.00/day $9.75
Books - VIVA Borrowers 28 Days 1 $1.00/day $15.00
DVDs - VIVA Borrowers 28 Days TBD $1.00/day $15.00

° These items renew for 30 days.

⌂ Fines for recalled books are $1/day for students, $3/day for VIVA borrowers.

Maximum Number of Items Borrowed
Students 30
Faculty 75
Staff 75
Guest Borrowers (♦)
VIVA (♦) 10 total / 3 DVDs
♦ VIVA and guest borrowers may not check out equipment/devices
Replacement Fees
Books, DVD Drives, Headphones, Voice Recorders, Tripods, and Board Games $55.00
Camcorders and Projectors $250.00
Bicycles $600.00
Laptops and Canon Digital Camera $1,100.00

3. Can I check materials out any time that the library is open?

Yes.  Please see the Library Hours calendar for hours of operation.


4. As a student, if I have fines on my Library record, will it stop me from borrowing materials?
Once your fines execeed $10.00, you will be unable to borrow materials. To understand the rate at which fines accrue, see the table in #2 (above).

5. Can I have someone check materials out on my behalf?

Regardless of borrower status, we cannot check materials out to anyone who isn't present at the time of checkout. We observe this guideline as a means of protecting your Library record from potential misuse. Faculty may adhere to the guidelines of proxy borrowing, please see your department chair for details on how this works.

6. If the book I want is already checked out by someone, how long must I wait for to have access to it?

As long as the person with the book has had it for a minimum of 30 days, a recall can be placed. This means that the person with the book will be notified that the loan period for your requested item has been shortened from 120 (to no fewer than 30) days and that s/he now has 7 days to return it. There is no special button to look for in the catalog. Just click on the “request” button that you’ve always used and the rest will fall in place! You’ll be notified as usual when the book you’ve recalled is ready for pickup.


7. As a member of the Roanoke College Community, am I able to obtain materials from other libraries?
Current students, staff and faculty of Roanoke College may use Interlibrary Loan services offered by Fintel Library. An additional privilege afforded to current Roanoke College faculty, staff, and students with library accounts in good standing is the convenience of borrowing materials from any of over 50 college libraries in the state of Virginia! Whether it's fall break, summer time, or just a long drive that has you in the vicinity of a participating VIVA college or university, be sure to make good use of this benefit. (Keep in mind that to use this service, the host institution will ask you to show that you are currently registered at Roanoke College or that you are active faculty or staff. Using this service is done in accordance with the borrowing policies of the host institution.)