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Circulation Policies

Cal Poly/CSU users

 

Group Privileges Books Good Reads DVD & Video Bound Journals Course Reserves
Faculty, Staff, Emeritus, Visiting Scholars Free full access 90 days 3 weeks 90 days 3 weeks Hourly
Undergraduate Students Free full access 6 weeks 3 weeks 6 weeks 3 weeks Hourly
Graduate Students Free full access 90 days 3 weeks 90 days 3 weeks Hourly
Other CSU Borrowing 6 weeks 3 weeks 6 weeks 3 weeks Hourly
  • Graduating students’ privileges expire three months after the graduation day of that current quarter.
  • Other CSU faculty or students must present current ID card.

Affiliated users

Cal Poly Alumni; Cal Poly Users’ (Faculty/Staff/Students) significant others and children; Cuesta Students and Faculty; Mustang Parent; Library Volunteers; State Agencies

Group Membership Privileges Books Good Reads DVD & Video Bound Journals
Cal Poly Alumni Free Borrowing 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks
Cal Poly Spouse/Child Free Borrowing 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks
Cuesta Faculty/Student Free Borrowing 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks
Mustang Parent Partner/Patron Free Borrowing 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks
Library Volunteer Free Borrowing 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks
Visiting/Research Scholar Free Borrowing 90 days 3 weeks 90 days 3 weeks
State Agency Employee Free Borrowing 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks

Cal Poly Alumni

  • Present Cal Poly Alumni card.

Cuesta Student/Faculty

  • Present current Cuesta ID or proof of enrollment/employment.

Mustang Parent

  • Present current membership card with donor level of “partner” or “patron.”

Visiting scholar/Research scholars in residence

  • Present proof of attachment to a department at Cal Poly.

State Agency Employee

  • Present proof of employment at California State agency.

 

General public

Community Members

Group Membership Privileges Books Good Reads DVD & Video Bound Journals
Community User $60/account holder

$30/Senior (60+) account holder

$10/additional family member cards

Borrowing 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks
SLO County Teacher $30 Borrowing 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks
SLO County High School Student $10 Borrowing 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks
Corporate Card $250/corporation

$10/corporation member

Borrowing 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks

Community members

  • Membership is open to all individuals and/or corporate entities.
  • Provide picture ID and proof of San Luis Obispo County residency.
  • More information for community members.
Renewals and Recalls

How to renew materials

  • Most library materials will renew automatically one (1) time. If materials cannot be renewed, a Courtesy Notice to return will be issued.
  • When a notice to return is issued, materials must be returned to the library. They can be re-checked out if still needed.
  • Items will not be renewed for patrons with fines, recalled books, or if the item(s) have been requested by another patron.
  • Items cannot be renewed by phone or email to the library.
  • When viewing your library account, the “renew” option will only appear if materials are eligible to be renewed.

Recalls

  • All library materials are subject to recall by the library.
  • If an item is needed for Course Reserves use, it will be recalled.
  • A recall notice is emailed with the new due date for the book.
  • If the book is not returned by the new due date listed on the notice, library privileges may be suspended and recall charges of $1.00/day will accrue. This charge is in addition to the maximum fines listed for book type and there is no maximum limit to these charges.
Fines and lost materials

How to pay a fine

  • Fines may be paid by check at the circulation desk.
  • Fines may be paid by cash or check at the State Cashier (Administration Building, Room 131E). To remove your academic hold immediately, return your paid receipt to the library’s circulation desk.

Fine amounts

Material Fine
Library materials (for affiliated/public users) $0.20 per day per item ($15.00 per item maximum)
Course Reserves hourly/daily loans $1.00 per hour per item ($50.00 per item maximum)
Items recalled $1.00 per day per item (no maximum limit)

Overdue fine policies

  • When library materials are checked out, a Loan Receipt email is sent indicating due date.
  • Most library materials will renew automatically one (1) time. If materials cannot be renewed, a Courtesy Notice to return will be issued.
  • Charges and fines are cumulative. They are not erased at the end of a quarter or academic year. Once your account shows charges of $10.00 or more, you will be required to pay the entire amount before you may renew or check out any materials. All charges are due and payable upon occurrence. You may view your library account at any time to verify charges and due dates of materials you have checked out.
  • Academic holds are placed on student accounts when library charges are $10 or more. All charges must be paid in order to release this hold. Failure to pay these charges will suspend borrowing privileges and may delay registration.

Lost and damaged materials

Patrons are billed for lost or damaged library materials. A notice is emailed and library privileges are suspended until library charges are cleared. In addition, an academic hold is placed on the records of current and former Cal Poly students. The suspension and/or hold remain in effect until all library charges are cleared.

A patron billed for a lost or damaged item has two choices to clear his/her record.

  1. Pay the replacement fee as billed.
  2. Go to the circulation desk and request to purchase a replacement.
    • Library staff will submit a request to the applicable college librarian.
    • If approved, when you purchase the replacement and pay the $15 processing fee, the hold will be cleared from your account.

Note: Under the California Education Code, it is a misdemeanor to tear, cut, deface, or willfully detain any library materials.

Notification

All circulation and interlibrary loan notifications will be handled via email. Make sure that your email information is current in the Cal Poly Portal.

You can also login to your library account to check due dates and view fines.

Request and suggest materials

Requesting materials

  • Locate the item in OneSearch.
  • Login to your library account.
  • Click on “request”.
  • You will receive an email notification when the item is available.

Suggest materials for the library collection

To make a recommendation, use the Materials Request form which will go to our Information Resources and Resource Sharing department.

How materials are selected

Staff members research suggestions and consult with the relevant college librarian before placing orders. Information Resources and Resource Sharing also determines whether suggested materials conform to existing collecting policies and guidelines for that discipline.

Want more information?

If you have questions, you can contact your College Librarian.

Request through Interlibrary Loan
  • Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request items not available at Kennedy Library or through CSU+.

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