CIRCULATION POLICIES

The library's holdings take many forms. We have not only books, but also electronic books (e-books), filmstrips, audiotapes, videotapes, DVDs, CDs, maps, posters, journals, magazines, and teaching aid packets. Most of these materials circulate; however some items, such as reference books, items on reserve, journals, and magazines do not circulate (except for faculty/staff).

Patrons who may check out library resources include current students, faculty, staff, alumni, Friends of Hackney Library, and Wilson County International Baccalaureate (IB) students.

Maximum Number of Checked-Out Materials

Registered Barton College students are allowed a maximum of twenty-five items that may be checked out to them at any given time. Other patrons (Alumni, Friends of the Hackney Library, contract employees, etc.) are limited to ten materials. All patrons are limited to no more than six of those items sharing an identical Dewey Decimal call number.

Loan Periods

Library materials circulate for the following time periods:

Printed Materials -- 28 days
Audiovisuals -- 14 days
Reserves and Equipment -- 3 hours (In-Library use only)

Renewals

Patrons are entitled to two renewals on items. However, if a hold has been placed on the item, then a renewal will not be allowed. You many request a renewal by calling the circulation desk, (252) 399-6500. However, overdue items CANNOT be renewed over the phone. Overdue items must be returned to the library to ensure the items have not been lost or damaged.

Holds and Recalls

If a book you need is checked out, you may request at the Circulation Desk that the book be held for you upon its return. If the book has been checked out for at least two weeks, you may ask for it to be recalled. All patrons are eligible to request a hold on materials currently checked out. Only Barton College students, faculty, and staff are eligible for recall privileges.

  • In either case, you will be notified when the book is available, and it will be held for you at the Circulation Desk.
  • Books needed for Reserve take precedence over any other need and may be recalled at any time.
  • Recalled books not returned within 7 days are fined at the rate of $1.00 per day per book.

Overdue Notices

Overdue and billing notices are mailed or e-mailed as a courtesy. NOTE: Failure to receive overdue notices or bills does not absolve the patron from payments. Overdue notices for overdue items are mailed the first weekday after the due date. If items are not returned within two weeks of the first overdue notice, patrons are billed the cost of the item plus a billing charge. After the item is returned, the fine will be reduced to the billing charge. Unpaid student bills may result in blocks on registration, graduation ceremony, and transcripts.

Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Materials

All patrons are responsible for the materials that they borrow and will be fined for lost, stolen, or mutilated items. Patrons will be responsible for paying the replacement cost and billing fee of such items. They may pay the total lost item bill, or replace the item with a copy acceptable to the Collections and Access Services librarian and pay only the billing fee. Lost items are not subject to appeal. Unpaid student bills may result in blocks on registration, graduation ceremony, and transcripts.

Theft or mutilation of library materials by Barton faculty, staff, and students also constitutes a violation of the Barton College Honor Code and will be treated accordingly, in addition to the above penalties.

In the event that a community patron steals or mutilates a magazine or journal or refuses to pay for a lost book, his/her library privileges will be immediately revoked and this behavior will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

Magazines and Journals

Magazines and journals may only be checked out by college faculty and staff. Any other removal of such material from the library will be considered as theft. Mutilation or the tearing out of pages from a magazine will also be considered as theft. When the library identifies a student as having stolen or mutilated a magazine or journal, he/she will be billed for the cost of a single issue of that periodical or if that cannot be determined, $10.00. Unpaid student bills of this nature will result in blocks on registration, graduation ceremony, and transcripts.

In relation to the use of library materials, property, equipment, furnishings, etc., members of the Barton community are bound by the Student Honor Code as stated in the Barton College Course Catalog. Behaviors covered by the Honor Code include but are not limited to the following: stealing or mutilating library materials, damaging or defacing library property, computers and other library equipment, etc.

Replacement Charges

Replacement charges for all materials are based on average cost per item. Patrons will be expected to pay the replacement cost, plus billing fees and/or fines.

Books -- $65 each
Reference -- $100 per book
Audiovisuals -- $150 per item
Periodical/Newspaper -- Cost of $25.00 per item

Payment of Fines or Replacement Charges

Fines and replacement charges may be paid in cash or by check at the Circulation Desk. Checks should be made payable to "Barton College." Checks may also be mailed in with a copy of your bill to:

Circulation Supervisor
Hackney Library
Barton College
Box 5000
Wilson, NC 27893-7000

Suspension of Library Privileges

The library reserves the right to suspend a patron's borrowing privileges. Causes for this action include overdue books, fines, unpaid lost book(s) or other library item(s), and/or failure to respond to recall notices within a timely manner.

Questions about Circulation

Questions regarding your library record or circulation policies and procedures can be directed to the Circulation Supervisor by e-mail: circ@barton.edu, or by calling (252) 399-6500.

Last updated December 17, 2012