How Do I Check Out Library Material?
Your HootLoot ID serves as your library card. Full-time faculty, adjuncts and staff may borrow library materials from any of the CSCU libraries. All library patrons must present a current, valid University identification when checking out material and agree to abide by all applicable policies.
Southern Connecticut State University library patrons who have lost their ID can obtain a replacement by going to the Wintergreen Building, Room 109. For additional information see the Card Office website.
Library Circulation Policies for CSCU (Connecticut State Colleges & Universities)
Circulation of Library Materials
How Do I Get Items from the Other CSU Libraries?
The following collections do not circulate:
Additionally, the following collections do not circulate to faculty and staff:
The library has 1 scanner on the ground floor of the library. You can scan items to e-mail or save to a drive.
Return of Library Material
Library material can be returned to the Circulation Desk or the book drop located outside of Buley Library. Material borrowed from any of the CSCU libraries may also be returned to Buley Library and will be returned through the courier service. Interlibrary Loan material should always be returned to the Circulation Desk.
Faculty and Staff are responsible for renewing or returning all material by the due date stamped in each item. Notices are e-mailed to your Southern email as a courtesy. Facts to remember about overdue material:
Destruction of Library Materials
Any person who damages any library material may be subject to loss of library privileges and may be referred for disciplinary action. The library patron will be responsible for the replacement cost for the damaged materials plus a $25.00 processing fee.
You can renew books and media twice unless the item has been requested by another library patron. Material may be renewed several ways:
Library patrons who renew their material via the Web must go to "Access Your Library Record." You now will need to have your University ID and password. Make sure that the material was actually renewed. Material cannot be renewed if a hold has been placed on the item or there are too many renewals. The screen should display the word "RENEWED" and also provide a new due date. Please contact the Check Out Desk if there are any questions.
All material checked out is subject to recall after two weeks when requested by another library patron. Reserve materials can be recalled immediately. Failure to return recalled material will result in an overdue fine of 50 cents per day, per item.
If you need library material from any of the libraries in the CSCU system currently checked out, you can place a "hold" on the item through the catalog. Your hold request will generate a recall notice that will be sent out to the library patron. Once the library material is returned to the library, you will receive an email notification of its arrival. The item will be held at the Buley Library Circulation Desk for 10 working days. After 10 days, the material will be returned to our stacks or the CSCU library.
Books on Hold at the Circulation Desk
All material on hold will held for 24 hours.
HOW DO I GET A BOOK, JOURNAL OR DISSERTATION FROM ILL?
For books and media, check the SouthernSearch Library Catalog to determine if Buley or one of the other CSCU libraries own.
If the item(s) are not owned by any library in the CSCU Library System use Interlibrary Loan to request the item.
GO TO: ILL REQUEST and follow the instructions.
HOW DO I GET A JOURNAL ARTICLE FROM ILL?
First check the journal finder to determine if the article is available in full-text online.
If you're in a database (Ex. Academic Search Premier) look to see if a PDF or HTML file is available. This indicates that the journal is full-text.
If not available in full-text go to ILL request.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY ILL REQUEST FILLED?
Book Requests, from Connecticut libraries, will normally be shipped within 5-10 business days. Books coming from other states may take two weeks or longer to arrive. Check the ILLIad System to see the status of your request. All books/dissertation material will be kept at the Check Out Desk for pickup. The library will return all items after 10 business days. Please contact our library if you have any additional questions.
Journal Article Requests will be delivered electronically to your desktop and often are available within 24-48 hours. All journal articles can be kept by you.
The Interlibrary Loan Department will process only five requests per patron per day during the busy periods.
WHO CAN USE THE ILL SERVICES?
Interlibrary Loan Services are limited to SCSU faculty, students, and staff. Other library patrons should use their public or university library to request materials.
HOW DO I GET MATERIAL FROM THE OTHER CSCU LIBRARIES?
In the catalog, use the "REQUEST IT" function to order library items.
The catalog will ask you for your Campus Network Username and Password. This is what you use to log into the campus computers or Blackboard.