Library Policies - Missouri Baptist University

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Library Policies

Library Code of Conduct

The mission of the library is to provide students, staff, and faculty with the broadest array of information resources in an easy and timely manner, and to create an academic environment conducive to study, access, and research. All users are expected to abide by the guidelines set forth by this policy. The use of the stations, resources, etc., is a service and privilege to all.

  • Users are required to turn their cell phones off, or set it to ‘vibrate.’ If it is necessary to take a call, please take it outside, and keep calls private.
  • Patrons are expected to maintain a quiet atmosphere by refraining from loud conversations in all areas of the learning center. Your fellow learning center users will thank you for being considerate.
  • Computer stations are dedicated to research and academic work. Playing games is not allowed.
  • Distribution of leaflets and other notices/advertisements not related to the library/university activities is prohibited.
  • Failing to adhere to the copyright law and systematically downloading or printing from a source not licensed infringes on the copyright law and will not be tolerated.
  • Students who are disruptive and/or rude to the library staff will be reported promptly to the Vice President for Student Development.
  • Students must show their IDs when asked by the staff. It is a safety procedure if an emergency should occur.
  • Eating/drinking or bringing any kind of food into the library is not allowed. Water bottles/cups with lids may be used in the library.
  • Opening the exit emergency door, except for emergency situations, is a violation, and the individual will be reported immediately to Public Safety.

Violations of any of the above will result in disciplinary action by the Vice President for Student Development.

Library Circulation Policy

A Missouri Baptist University ID card or library card is required to check out library materials, which
includes the general collection and Reserves. Users are responsible for all materials checked out on their
cards.

All MBU faculty, staff, students, alumni and Friends of the Library may borrow materials from the Jung-Kellogg Learning Center.

Only MBU faculty, staff, and students may borrow materials through MOBIUS.

Loan Rules

Material TypeLoan PeriodRenewalsOverdue Fines
MBU Books4 weeksTwice (4 weeks each)$0.05 per day
MBU Audio Visual7 days1 renewal (7 days)$0.50 per day
MOBIUS Books*4 weeksTwice (4 weeks each)None (Replacement and billing
fees apply)
Periodicals7 daysNo renewalsN/A
* Items that have been recalled will be assessed an additional $0.25 in fines per day while overdue

Loan Limits

Patron TypeItem Limit
MBU Student25
MBU Faculty/Staff50
MBU Alumni / Friends of the Library10

Billing for Replacement

If an item has been overdue for more than 28 days, the Learning Center considers it lost, and a bill for
replacement and processing will be sent.

The default replacement charge is $65 per item; however, this charge will be manually adjusted to
reflect the actual replacement cost after the Learning Center staff have determined the current market value.

The processing fee is $15 per item from MBU and $20 per item from MOBIUS.

If the item is returned within a reasonable time after it has been billed, the replacement charge will be
removed. In addition, the processing fee may be reduced.

  • For MOBIUS materials, the $20 fee will remain per MOBIUS policy.
  • For reserve materials, the $15 fee will remain and will serve as the total overdue fine.
  • For all other MBU materials, the fee will be reduced to $5 and will serve as the total overdue fine.
  • Faculty are not fined for overdue materials but are billed for books lost or returned more than 28 days late.
  • Faculty are not fined for overdue materials but are billed for books lost or returned more than 28 days late. Audio/Visual materials are billed on the 15th day past the due date. After the 28-
    day fine period, faculty will be charged the processing fee plus the maximum overdue fine, $15,
    which is retained as a billing fee.
Material TypePatron TypeLoan PeriodRenewal PolicyOverdue Fine PolicyBilled Policy
MBU BooksUndergrad
Graduate
4 weeksTwice (4 weeks each)$0.05 per
day up to
$5.00
2-day grace
period
Billed at 28
days overdue.
Patron is
charged $65 as
default (or cost
of book plus
$15 processing
fee).
MBU BooksFaculty
Staff
120 daysNo Renewals. If items
are still needed by
patron, patron must
bring materials back into
the Library to be
checked in and checked
back out.
No overdue fines.Billed at 28
days overdue.
Patron is
charged $65 as
default (or cost
of book plus
$15 processing
fee).
MBU BooksFriends of the Learning Center
Alumni
4 weeksTwice (4 weeks each)$0.05 per
day up to
$5.00
2-day grace
period
Billed at 28
days overdue.
Patron is
charged $65 as
default (or cost
of book plus
$15 processing
fee).
MOBIUS MaterialsUndergrad
Graduate
Faculty
Staff
4 weeksTwice (4 weeks each)No overdue fines.Billed at 28
days overdue.
Patron is
charged $120.
Audio Visual MaterialsUndergrad
Graduate
Faculty
Staff
Friends of the Learning Center
1 weekOne renewal (7 days)$0.50 per
day up to
$5.00
2-day grace
period
Billed at 28
days overdue.
Patron is
charged $65 as
default (or cost
of book plus
$15 processing
fee).
MBU PeriodicalsFaculty7 daysNo renewals.No overdue fines.
Hourly ReservesUndergrad
Graduate
Varies as
allowed by
instructor.
Checkout period listed on
item.
No renewals.$0.50 per
hour
1-hour grace
period
Fine continues
without max
limit.
Other Reserves (Non-Hourly)Undergrad
Graduate
Varies as
allowed by
instructor.
Checkout period listed on
item.
No renewals.$0.50 per
hour up to
$15
1-hour grace
period
Billed at 28
days overdue.
Patron is
charged $65 as
default (or cost
of book plus
$15 processing
fee).

Reserve Materials

Course Reserves are materials that have been selected by MBU faculty members as supplemental
reading/study material for the current semester’s classes. In order to ensure that every student in a
class has access to these materials, items on Course Reserve only check out for short periods of time.

The professors determine what is placed on reserve and how long the check-out period should be.
Items that are on reserve are marked as such in the Library catalog. The catalog also contains a list of
items on reserve for each class. You can search for reserve lists by class name or number, or by the
name of your instructor.

The Course Reserves are shelved behind the Circulation Desk. A Library staff member will be glad to help
you get the materials that you need. Make sure to bring your student ID when coming to the Library to
use reserve materials. Even if you don’t plan on leaving the Library, items on Reserve cannot leave the
Circulation Desk without being checked out. Many items on Reserve cannot leave the Library unless it
has been stamped accordingly.

Reserve TypeDue BackRenewalsOverdue Fines
2 Hour2 hours from checkoutnone$0.50 per hour
3 Hour3 hours from checkoutnone$0.50 per hour
Overnight1 hour after the Learning Center opens the next daynone$0.50 per hour
3 DayAnytime before closing 2 days laternone$2 per day
7 DayAnytime before closing 1 week laternone$2 per day

Course Reserve Limits

Please note that you may only check out up to 3 hourly reserve items and 3 overnight/multi-day reserve
items at a time.

Fair Use

One of the rights accorded to the owner of the copyright is the right to reproduce or to authorize others to reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords. However, this right is subject to certain limitations found in sections 107 through 118 of the copyright law (title 17, U. S. Code).

One of the more important limitations is the doctrine of “fair use.” The doctrine of fair use has developed through a substantial number of court decisions over the years and has been codified in section 107 of the copyright law.