Please adhere to the following library policies.
Food and Beverage Policy
Circulation Policy for Students
Student Loan Periods
|Circulating books ++||28 days||2|
|Leisure Audio/visual||7 days||2|
|Academic DVD/VHS||7 days||2|
|Interlibrary loan book||**||**|
- ++ Graduate students may check out circulating books (excluding IMC Juvenile and Leisure books) for the full semester.
- ** Interlibrary loan book due dates and renewals are assigned at the discretion of the lending library.
- You may place a hold to be the next borrower if an Item is checked out. A hold can be requested at the Circulation Desk or online through our library catalog. No holds or recalls may be placed on course reserve. Pick up items within seven days after notification.
- If an item is lost or damaged you will be charged a replacement cost and processing fee based on the type of item. Borrowing privileges will be suspended if you owe more than $5.00. Grades and transcripts may be withheld if you have overdue items and/or owe $10 or more. Patrons are responsible for all material borrowed on their card including lost and damaged items, including interlibrary loan items.
Circulation Policy for Faculty/Staff
Your Campus ID serves as your library card and must be presented to borrow materials. The card may only be used by the person to whom it was issued; faculty members may arrange for a secretary or research assistant to use their cards in special circumstances.
Full-time Faculty: 40-item limit
Part-time Faculty, Administrators and Staff: 30-item limit
Faculty/Staff Loan Periods
|Material||Full-time Faculty||Administrators, Staff and Part-time Faculty|
|Circulating Books||Annual May Due Date||Through the end of the current session|
|Juvenile Materials||28 days||28 days|
(except current edition)
|3 days||3 days|
Circulation Policy for Alumni
Your alumni ID card obtained from the Office of Alumni and Donor Engagement (available at 732-987-2232) allows you to acquire a GCU library card at no charge. Valid identification showing your current address must be presented to register or renew your library card. It must be activated at the Circulation Desk before use and must be presented to borrow materials.
The library’s contracts with database vendors do not include remote access for alumni. New Jersey residents may obtain access to electronic resources through their local public library. Alumni can access our databases at the Library. Identify yourself to the librarian at the Reference Desk and you will be logged onto a reference computer if available. Current students have priority use of computers. A moderate amount of printing (5-10 pages) is permitted, however alumni are encouraged to email or save their documents to a jump drive.
Library borrowing privileges expire one year from date of issuance but may be renewed. You will be responsible for any fines for overdue, damaged or lost items. Replacement cards are $5.00. Your card may only be used by the person to whom it was issued. For additional information, please call the Circulation Desk at 732-987-2419.
Alumni Loan Periods
|Materials||Item Limit||Loan Period||Renewals||Overdue fines|
(excluding IMC Juvenile)
|10||28 days||1||$0.10 per day $10.00 max|
|Audio/visual material||1||In-library use only||0|
Faculty Course Reserves Policy
The University Library makes reserve materials available in two formats:
- Traditional reserves in hardcopy available at the Circulation Desk
- Electronic reserves (E-Reserves) that are accessible through the Faculty members’ individual Blackboard courses.
Requests are processed in the order received. Faculty must allow up to 3 days for requests to be processed. At the beginning of the semester, it may take longer to process requests. All items to be placed on Reserve or E-Reserve must be turned in to the library for posting with a complete citation. All print items should be sent on letter-size (8 ½ x 11) paper without underlining, highlighting or notes. In addition to providing a complete citation, materials must adhere to copyright guidelines for the posting of course reserves. To submit a reserve request, click here. A course syllabus should be submitted with all reserve requests.
The library will not be responsible for loss or damage to personal items placed on reserve by Georgian Court University instructors. Instructors who wish to place a student paper or other unpublished work on reserve must include written consent from the author before the work will be posted. All materials will be removed at the end of each semester. Materials used for reserves are not retained by the library.
Vale Reciprocal Borrowing Program Policy
Community Borrowers Policy
People 18 years of age and older who are not current students, faculty, staff, or alumni of Georgian Court University may have limited borrowing privileges for an annual fee of $100.00. Exempt from this fee are Religious Sisters of Mercy not affiliated with Georgian Court University, as well as Catholic clergy, sisters, or deacons living or working within the Trenton Diocese. Annual fees are not refundable. Library cards are valid for one year from the date of issue. You may check out up to five circulating books and renew once. You will be responsible for any fines for overdue, damaged or lost items. There is a $5.00 charge for replacement cards. The library reserves the right to suspend borrowing privileges for any patron who has fines or overdue books.
When librarians review documents submitted for Reserves they will be considering the four factors of Fair Use as provided by Copyright Law (Title 17, Section 107):
- Purpose of the Use
- Nature of the Work
- Amount of the Work
- Effect on the Market for the Original
The library will deny any reserve request it deems to exceed current fair-use standards.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies of other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. GCU has the right to refuse to accept a copying order if it believes fulfillment would involve violation of copyright law.