Borrow, Renew, Request


Borrowing From the Library

Students, faculty/staff, and community members may borrow materials from the OWU Libraries with a valid Ohio Wesleyan University ID or specially issued library card. Checkout periods, renewals, and fines/fees are posted below. The library's circulation policy contains detailed information about the loan rules for all types of borrowers.



How many items can I check out?

You can borrow up to a total of 250 items at any one time. However, there are further limits on the number of items you can borrow from other CONSORT libraries, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio so please consult the following table:

Lending Library Max. Number of Checkouts
All (includes items from OWU,
CONSORT, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio)
250
Non-OWU (Includes CONSORT,
OhioLINK, and SearchOhio)
100
OhioLINK 50
SearchOhio 25



How long can I keep items?

You can keep some items longer than others. It depends on the type of item and where it came from.

Item Type Loan Period Renewals
Books - General Collection 5 weeks 3
Books - Browsing Collection 5 weeks 3
GovDocs 5 weeks 3
Course Reserves Check with circulation desk 0
Permanent Reserves Check with circulation desk 0
Laptops 4 hours 0
Media 7 days 3
Media Equipment 2 days 0
Interlibrary Loans Check with ILL Office 0
CONSORT Loans 3 weeks
Seniors: End of term
6
Seniors: 1
CONSORT Media 7 days 3
OhioLINK Loans 3 weeks 6
OhioLINK Media 7 days 3
SearchOhio Books, Audiobooks, Music 3 weeks 3
SearchOhio DVDs 1 week 3



What are the fines/fees for overdue and lost/damaged items?



Overdue Item Fine Maximum Fine
Books $0.50 per item/per day $15
GovDocs $0.50 per item/per day $15
Reserve Material $1 per hour or day (depends on item type) $25
Interlibrary Loans Determined by lending institution NA
Laptops $5 per hour $25
Media (Video, DVD, Bluray) $0.50 per item/per day $15
Media Equipment $5 per day $25
CONSORT Loans $0.50 per item/per day $15
CONSORT Media $0.50 per item/per day $15
OhioLINK Loans $0.50 per item/per day $15
OhioLINK Media $0.50 per item/per day $15
SearchOhio Loans $0.50 per item/per day $25


Lost/Damaged Item Fee Processing Charge
Lost OWU, CONSORT, OhioLINK Material $75 + accumulated overdue fines $35
Lost SearchOhio Material $25 + accumulated overdue fines $35
Lost or Damaged OWU Laptop or Media Equipment Actual cost of item + accumulated overdue fines $35
Damaged Books & Media Cost of repair - or if repair impossible - $75 plus processing fee $35 only if repair impossible




How many items can I check out?

You can borrow up to a total of 250 items at any one time. However, there are further limits on the number of items you can borrow from other CONSORT libraries, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio so please consult the following table:

Lending Library Max. Number of Checkouts
All (includes items from OWU,
CONSORT, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio)
250
Non-OWU (Includes CONSORT,
OhioLINK, and SearchOhio)
200
OhioLINK 200
SearchOhio 25



How long can I keep items?

You can keep some items longer than others. It depends on the type of item and where it came from.

Item Type Loan Period Renewals
Books - General Collection 1 year 1
Books - Browsing Collection 1 year 1
GovDocs 1 year 1
Course Reserves Check with circulation desk 0
Permanent Reserves Check with circulation desk 0
Periodicals 1 day 0
Reference Books With special permission 0
Laptops 4 hours 0
Media 7 days 3
Media Equipment 2 days 0
Interlibrary Loans Check with ILL Office 0
CONSORT Loans End of term 1
CONSORT Media 7 days 3
OhioLINK Loans 6 weeks 6
OhioLINK Media 7 days 3
SearchOhio Books, Audiobooks, Music 3 weeks 3
SearchOhio DVDs 1 week 3



What are the fees for lost or damaged items?



Lost/Damaged Item Fee Processing Charge
Lost Books & Media (OWU, CONSORT, OhioLINK) $75 $35
Lost OWU Periodicals Actual cost of item $35
Lost Interlibrary Loans Determined by lending institution NA
Lost SearchOhio Material $25 $35
Lost OWU Laptop or Media Equipment Actual cost of item $35
Damaged OWU Laptop or Media Equipment Cost of repair - or if repair impossible - $75 plus process fee $35 (if repair impossible)
Damaged Books & Media Cost of repair - or if repair impossible - $75 plus processing fee $35 (if repair impossible)



OWU Community Members include OWU alumni, family of OWU faculty and staff, contracted staff, and Delaware residents.


How many items can I check out?

You can borrow up to a total of 25 items at any one time. However, there are further limits on the number of items you can borrow from other CONSORT libraries, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio so please consult the following table:

Lending Library Max. Number of Checkouts
OWU Materials 25
Non-OWU Materials (includes CONSORT,
OhioLINK, and SearchOhio)
25
OhioLINK* 5
SearchOhio 25

* Delaware residents & contracted staff may not borrow materials from other CONSORT or OhioLINK libraries. Instead, they should establish SearchOhio accounts through their local public libraries.

OWU Community Members also may not borrow OWU Media or OWU Media Equipment.




How long can I keep items?

You can keep some items longer than others. It depends on the type of item and where it came from.

Item Type Loan Period Renewals
Books - General Collection 5 weeks 3
Books - Browsing Collection 5 weeks 3
CONSORT Loans* 3 weeks 6
CONSORT Media* 7 days 3
OhioLINK Loans* 6 weeks 6
OhioLINK Media* 7 days 3
SearchOhio Books, Audiobooks, Music 3 weeks 3
SearchOhio DVDs 1 week 3

* Delaware residents & contracted staff may not borrow materials from other CONSORT or OhioLINK libraries. Instead, they should establish SearchOhio accounts through their local public libraries.

OWU Community Members also may not borrow OWU Media or OWU Media Equipment




What are the fines/fees for overdue and lost/damaged items?



Overdue Item Fine Maximum Fine
Books $0.50 per item/per day $15
GovDocs $0.50 per item/per day $15
Reserve Material $1 per hour or day (depends on item type) $25
CONSORT,
OhioLINK Loans*
$0.50 per item/per day $15
SearchOhio $0.50 per item/per day $25

* Does not apply to residents or contracted staff



Lost/Damaged Item Fee Processing Charge
Lost OWU, CONSORT*, OhioLINK Material* $75 + accumulated overdue fines $35
Lost SearchOhio Material $25 + accumulated overdue fines $35
Damaged Books & Media Cost of repair - or if repair impossible - $75 plus processing fee $35 only if repair impossible

* Does not apply to residents or contracted staff






Renewing Items

You can renew books, media, and government documents you have checked out by logging into your library account with your name and library barcode number.

Your Library Barcode
OWU ID with Library Barcode

See the tables above for information on how many times you may renew the items you have checked out.

Some items, such as periodicals, items from the browsing collection, items on reserve, and items for which other patrons have submitted requests may not be renewed.




Requesting from Other Libraries

If you are a student, faculty, or staff member, you may borrow items from other CONSORT schools - Kenyon College, Denison University, and College of Wooster.

To request an item from another CONSORT school, click the request button for the item you would like to borrow in CONSORT and enter your name and library barcode number.

You may also borrow items from OhioLINK, a consortium of 90 college and university libraries, plus the State Library of Ohio.

If you have trouble finding an item in CONSORT or OhioLINK, you can request materials through Reach, our interlibrary loan service. Please allow extra time for delivery of these items.

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