GCU students can now apply for emergency cash grants made possible by the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (CARES Act). The application and eligibility requirements are available at Virtual instruction and events remain ongoing. Georgian Court will welcome students for Fall 2020 classes–read more about our plans. Always check GCU e-mails and for the most up-to-date information.

Food and Beverage Policy

Only covered containers are allowed. No alcohol, hot entrees, subs, fried or aromatic foods are allowed.

Donation Policy

The library welcomes gifts of appropriate materials or funds for the purchase of information resources. These materials are expected to meet the same standards of quality and relevance to the collection as purchased titles. The Library reserves the right to evaluate, select and dispose of any donation that does not meet our needs or standards. We do not appraise materials. For more questions about donations, contact the Library Director.

Circulation Policy for Students

All current GCU students have library privileges. Your Student ID serves as your library card and is required to check out materials; it may only be used by the student to whom it was issued. Activate your card at the Circulation Desk. You may check out up to 30 items (5 leisure DVD limit) at any given time. Fines are charged for overdue items and will accrue until the item is returned or the maximum is met. Overdue fines for Reserves are $0.50 per hour or $2.00 per day. Interlibrary loan overdue book fines are $1.00 per day. Maximum charge for fines is $20.00.

Student Loan Periods

MaterialsLoan PeriodRenewals
Circulating books ++28 days2
Leisure Audio/visual7 days2
Academic DVD/VHS7 days2
Interlibrary loan book****
Multimedia Equipment7 days0
Laptops3 hours0
  • ++ 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

MaterialFull-time FacultyAdministrators, Staff and Part-time Faculty
Circulating BooksAnnual May Due DateThrough the end of the current session
Juvenile Materials28 days28 days
Unbound Periodicals
(except current edition)
3 days3 days
Non-circulating materials such as reference books, maps, Vital History cassettes, special collections, archives, bound periodicals, newspapers and microforms generally cannot be taken out. Replacement costs and processing fees will be charged for lost or damaged items.

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

MaterialsItem LimitLoan PeriodRenewalsOverdue fines
Circulating books
(excluding IMC Juvenile)
1028 days1$0.10 per day $10.00 max
Audio/visual material1In-library use only0

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

The VALE Reciprocal Borrowing Program, is a cooperative onsite borrowing agreement among 47 participating VALE member colleges and universities. Under the agreement, faculty, staff and students from participating institutions who are in good standing at their home library qualify for onsite borrowing privileges at each other’s libraries. Faculty, staff, graduate students or undergraduate students must obtain a signed “VALE Reciprocal Borrowing Application Form,” from the circulation desk in order to borrow at one of the participating libraries. For more information visit the VALENJ website or contact the Circulation Desk.

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.

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