Circulation Policy

Circulation Policy
The Roberts Library strives to provide an accurate and efficient process for circulating materials. It is also the Library’s goal that all patrons have access to materials in the collections. Students, faculty, staff, and community users may borrow materials for specified loan periods. Some materials may be limited in their circulation specifics.

Eligible Patron Groups

Students: Currently enrolled Dalton State College students who are in good standing with the library.

Faculty/Staff: All current Dalton State College employees.

Community: Local residents age 18 and over and alumni of Dalton State College—anyone with a local address who is not a student or employee of DSC. Must be in good standing with the library.

Universal Borrowers: Currently enrolled University System of Georgia students and employees who are in good standing with the library.

Loan Periods & Limits

Students: Circulating Books (Limit 10)—Circulating Books—3 weeks; Best Sellers—2 weeks, 2 at a time; Periodicals—In Library use only; Course Reserves—Loaned according to faculty requirements; Audiovisuals—In Library use only.

Faculty/Staff: Circulating Books (Limit 25) —1 semester; Best Sellers—2 weeks, 2 at a time; Periodicals—In Library use only - Exceptions can be made for a 24 hour period by the reference librarian on duty; Audiovisuals—3 weeks.

Community: Circulating Books (Limit 4)—2 weeks; Best Sellers—2 weeks, 2 at a time; Periodicals—In Library use only; Audiovisuals—In Library use only.

Universal Borrowers: Circulating books (50 books in total from ALL USG Libraries) – 4 weeks, all other materials are In-Library use only.

Printed reference materials are marked “REF” above their call numbers and do not circulate. Archives, Dalton Room materials, bound periodicals and microform do not circulate. Items placed on “Course Reserve” by a faculty member are labeled as such and housed at the Circulation Desk temporarily. Circulation options for Course Reserves are typically In-Library use only but may be specified differently by Faculty. When a subject is assigned for a large number of students and the Library has limited circulating resources on the topic, the materials may be temporarily placed on Course Reserve for In-Library use only by Library staff.

End of Term Due Dates

Students: All materials are due by their due dates. Blocks will be placed if materials are not returned by the first day of exams.

Faculty/Staff: Materials must be returned by their due dates and no later than the end of the semester. If materials need renewing, please contact the Circulation Coordinator, Laurie Raper at 272.4583.

Community: Community users must return materials by their due date.


Fines accumulate on all circulating materials if they are not returned by or before their due dates. Fines accumulate up to the day prior to the date items are recovered from the Library book drop. Fines remain on patron records until the full amount has been paid. The following fine rates accumulate per item, daily, every day.

Circulating Books: $.25 per day per book. The maximum fine per book is $5.00.

Reserves: $.50 per day per item. The maximum fine per reserve item is $5.00.

Fines may be waived by a Roberts Library staff member for extenuating circumstances, such as the death of an immediate family member, unusual hardship, or error by the Library staff.

Policy Draft Revision April 20, 2005
Originally Approved by the DSC Library Committee, April 2, 2002

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