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What are the Library's circulation policies?

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Patron Groups:

All Middle Georgia State University Libraries recognize the following patrons:

  • MGA Students: Students currently enrolled at Middle Georgia State University
  • Faculty/Staff: Includes current faculty and all staff persons, including administration
  • Community: Anyone with a local address who is not a MGA student or employee.
  • UB Patron: Students from other colleges in the University System of Georgia
  • Alumni: Former students or faculty from Middle Georgia State University.


Library Circulation Policies

The following policies apply to all campuses:

  • Non-circulating items may not be checked out. These items include magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, microfilm, and microfiche.
  • Reserve items may be checked out, but most cannot leave the library.
  • Users other than MGA students/employees must show a valid form of ID in order to be issued a library card.
  • Books are generally checked out for 28 days with two renewals. However, for general circulating books, faculty and staff have a limited extended borrowing period.
  • Patrons returning items that are past the due date will be charged per the table below.
  • Patrons returning damaged items will be responsible for the replacement cost which is the actual cost of the item. Should the Library not be able to determine the estimated cost of a lost or damaged item, the replacement fee will be $50. Outstanding replacement costs will result in a block in the patron’s BANNER record, preventing registration and the ability to obtain transcripts.
  • Audiovisual material can circulate to faculty/staff between MGA campuses as long as the item is not on Reserve.
  • Best Sellers/Lease Plan, Juvenile books, and textbooks can circulate between MGA campuses, but do not circulate to non-MGA affiliated patrons.
  • Fines and fees:
    Macon and Cochran: Fines are paid either in the Library or the Business Office.
    Dublin: Fines are paid only in the Library on the Dublin campus.
    Eastman: Fines are paid on the Cochran campus.
    Warner Robins: Fines are paid in the Business/Administration Office only.


BORROWING POLICY for all Campus Libraries:

The table below reflects the Borrowing Policy at all Campus Libraries

  Fac/Staff Students Community/Alumni Community Teachers (Cochran Only) UB Patrons
Borrowing Limit, General Collection 50 50 5 10 50
Max Number Of Overdue Items Allowed 50 5 3 1 1
Max Number Of Lost Items Allowed 0 10 5 1 0
Max Number Of Claims Returned Allowed 10 5 5 1 0
Max Outstanding Fines Balance N/A $10.00 $10.00 $5.00 0
Max Requests Allowed N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Loan Period, General Collection 180 28 28 28 28
Renewals, General Collection 2 2 2 2 2
Loan Period, Best Sellers (Lease Plan) 28 28 N/A N/A N/A
Renewals, Best Sellers (Lease Plan) 2 2 N/A N/A N/A
Fines Per Day, General Collection 0 .20 .20 .20 0
Fines Per Day, Best Sellers (Lease Plan) 0 .20 .20 N/A N/A
Fines Per Day, General Reserves 0 $1.00 N/A N/A N/A
Fines Per Day, Interlibrary Loan (No Grace Period) 0 $1.00 N/A N/A N/A
Overdue Grace Period (excludes Interlibrary Loan) 6 Days 6 Days 6 Days 6 Days 6 Days

Exception notes:

  • The Macon and Cochran campus libraries allow students to check out CDs. On all campuses, any film in the regular film collection can be checked out by students for in-house use only. Films that have been put on Reserve by faculty for a class may be checked out of the library for a limited time period based on the request of the instructor.
  • The Eastman campus library does not check out any material to community patrons or GIL Express users.
  • MGA Library maintains Cooperative Borrowing Agreements with Mercer University (for faculty only), Wesleyan College, Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC), and Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC). Reciprocal borrowing limits for Wesleyan, CGTC, and OFTC are 3 items (no media); for Mercer the limit is 10 items (no media). Copies of these agreements are on file in the Circulation Office of the Macon campus library.