LIBRARY

Circulation

Students

Loan Information

ID Required – valid Tech ID card
Checkout Period – 21 days
Maximum Number – 20 items
Maximum Renewals – 3 times (unless it is overdue or a hold is placed on it)

Recall Information

If a hold is placed on an book checked out by a faculty member, a recall can be issued for it.
When a recall is issued, the due date is changed to 21 days and a recall notice is mailed
If the item is not returned by the due date, future checkout privileges may be blocked.

Overdue Fines

Regular Circulating Items – 25¢ per day per item
Recall Items – 50¢ per day per item
Reserve Items – $3.00 per hour per item
Maximum Amount – $90.00 (after 30 days, it is considered a lost item)
Two overdue materials will block privileges.
Lost Items – If item is overdue 30 days, a $90.00 replacement fee is charged to the patron.
Found Items – When a lost item is returned, the fine is changed back to $20.00 overdue fee.

Replacement Costs for Lost Items

Book – $90.00
Reference Book – Evaluated individually due to high replacement cost
Compact Disc (part of book or separate cataloged item) – $90.00
Microform (fiche, film, card) – $225.00
Periodicals: Loose Issue – $50.00, Bound Volume – $200.00
Video – $90.00
Government Documents included in above categories (ex. Docs Ref. Book = $125.00)
Special Collection, Manuscripts and Archives – Evaluated individually due to rare nature

Faculty & Staff

Loan Information

  • ID Required – valid Tech ID card
  • Faculty and staff may authorize an assistant to check out library materials.
  • Checkout Period – Academic Year (Fall, Winter, & Spring) OR Summer Quarter
  • Maximum Number – 50 items
  • Maximum Renewals – 3 times (unless it is overdue or a hold is placed on it)

Recall Information

  • If a hold is placed on an book checked out by a faculty member, a recall can be issued for it.
  • When a recall is issued, the due date is changed to 21 days and a recall notice is mailed
  • If the item is not returned by the due date, future checkout privileges may be blocked.

Overdue Fines

  • No fines on regular circulating materials.
  • Fines will be assessed for overdue InterLibrary Loan or Lost items.
  • Two overdue materials will block privileges.

Replacement Costs for Lost Items

  • Book – $90.00
  • Reference Book – Evaluated individually due to high replacement cost
  • Compact Disc (part of book or separate cataloged item) – $90.00
  • Microform (fiche, film, card) – $225.00
  • Periodicals: Loose Issue – $50.00, Bound Volume – $200.00
  • Video – $90.00
  • Government Documents included in above categories (ex. Docs Ref. Book = $125.00)
  • Special Collection, Manuscripts and Archives – Evaluated individually due to rare nature
Distance Learners

Current Louisiana Tech students and faculty may qualify for postal delivery of materials from the Library’s current collection if they meet one of the following criteria…

  • Live outside of Lincoln Parish and do not attend or teach any class on the Ruston campus
  • Have a verified disability that renders them house-bound

It is expected that these materials be returned to the Library by the due date and at the user’s expense.

For assistance with this service, contact Ms. Regina Foster at 257-3555 or reginaf@latech.edu.

Courtesy Card

To borrow materials from Prescott Memorial Library, patrons other than enrolled students and employees of Louisiana Tech University must present a valid Courtesy Card and submit proof of identification.

Courtesy Cards are available free of charge to students and faculty from other institutions with a LALINC card from their home institution.

Courtesy Cards are also available to current Tech Alumni Foundation members, retired Tech faculty, and ICP/GSU students.

Patrons not in one of these categories can obtain a Courtesy Card for $25.00 per year.

Applications for Courtesy Cards are processed during regular weekday hours from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. If an application is filled out on an evening or weekend, the card may be picked up during the next business day.

Loans

  • ID Required – valid Courtesy Card and other ID
  • Checkout Period – 21 days
  • Only items from the local collection can be checked out.
  • Maximum Number – 10 items
  • Maximum Renewals – 2 times (unless it is overdue or a hold is placed on it)

Holds & Recalls

  • A Courtesy Card holder may neither place a hold on material which has been borrowed by someone else, nor request its recall. Material borrowed by a Courtesy Card holder, however, is subject to recall.

Overdue Fines

  • Regular Circulating Items – 25¢ per day per item
  • Recall Items – 50¢ per day per item
  • Maximum Amount – $90.00 (after 30 days, it is considered a lost item)
  • One overdue item will block privileges.
  • Lost Items – If item is overdue 30 days, a $90.00 replacement fee is charged to the patron.
  • Found Items – When a lost item is returned, the fine is changed back to $20.00 overdue fee.

Replacement Costs for Lost Items:

  • Book – $90.00
  • Compact Disc (part of book or separate cataloged item) – $90.00
  • Video – $90.00
LALINC Card

The Louisiana Academic Library Information Network Consortium (LALINC) provides participating libraries with a program which will enable students and faculty from one university to check out materials from another university’s library.

Current Tech students and faculty need to fill out a LALINC Reciprocal Borrowing Card Application and return it to the Circulation Desk located on the main floor of the library. A valid Tech I.D. must be presented at the time the form is submitted. Cards are processed during regular weekday hours from 8:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m., but we ask that you allow about a day before returning to the Circulation Desk to pick up your card.

Only Tech students and faculty with a good loan history are given the privilege of having a LALINC card. Patrons receiving LALINC cards will be given a chart of participating libraries, a LALINC Reciprocal Borrowing brochure, and must follow the borrowing policies of each individual library.

NOTE: Printed copies of these materials are available at the Circulation Desk located on the main floor of the library. Contact Laura Ogden at laura@latech.edu, or call 318-257-3555 if you have any questions.

Course Reserves

Library Reserves Access

The Reserves Shelves are found at the Circulation Desk, on the main floor of the Library. A valid Tech I.D. is needed in order to check-out an item on Reserve.

The circulation period varies on these items. The late fee is $3.00 per hour, per item. Most reserve materials can only be used within the Library.

Electronic Reserves Access

Electronic Reserves are found on the University Moodle system which provides easy online access to articles, class notes, and other materials which meet copyright guidelines and have been submitted by faculty members.

To access these Reserves, go to Tech’s Moodle Login and choose a specific course from the list of courses. The Reserve documents are available in the same place in which you find other course documents.

NOTE: You must have Acrobat Reader or other PDF Reader installed in order to view these files.

Faculty can access the Reserves Form by clicking on the blue link. Additionally, faculty members may contact Mr. Bob Woody at 318-257-3555 or email woody@latech.edu if they have specific questions regarding reserves. All faculty members are encouraged to consult a Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance if unfamiliar with copyright protections and the “fair use” exemptions from copyright restrictions.

Periodicals

Periodical materials should remain in the Library so that they are available to Library users at all times. However, the following exceptions are acceptable for short term checkout . . .

  • Bound periodicals may be checked out for three (3) days by faculty and graduate students through regular checkout procedures at the Circulation Desk.
  • Unbound periodicals may be checked out by faculty according to the following specifications:
    • A maximum of five (5) loose periodicals may be checked out for up to two (2) hours.
    • Initial checkout is performed at the 3rd floor Information Desk, Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.
    • Final checkout is required at Circulation Desk on the main floor before leaving Library.
  • Return all checked out periodicals (bound and unbound) to the Circulation Desk on the main floor.
  • Faculty may send a student assistant to check out material if documentation is on file and the student has a valid ID. The permission form is available online.