Students, faculty, and staff are automatically granted library borrowing privileges.
The university identification card acts as your library card. Individuals should present
this card to borrow items from The Ames Library. It may be necessary to activate the
card the first time you use services at the library.
Circulating items, such as books and audio-visual materials, may be borrowed at the
Library Service Desk. Items obtained via Interlibrary Loan are also checked out at this desk.
Items are considered overdue one day after the due date. The Ames Library does not
charge fines for overdue material.
Items that are 28 days overdue are considered Lost.
Students are automatically blocked in the Voyager system for locally-owned items that
are more than 28 days overdue. Questions regarding this policy can be directed to
the Library Services Desk manager.
Media equipment, including laptops, cannot be checked out again within a 24 hour period.
After an item is overdue for 28 days, it reaches “Lost” status.
STUDENTS are automatically blocked in the system for locally-owned items once fines
FACULTY & STAFF are automatically blocked in the system for locally-owned items once
fines reach $300.
Standard circulation system charges for lost items are as follows:
Book, CD, DVD, Journal, Microflim, and Score
Padlock, Tote Bag, & Umbrella
These standard circulation system charges may be higher or lower depending on the
actual replacement cost. In some instances, with prior approval by a librarian, users
may have the option to purchase a new, legally produced copy of the lost item. Contact
the Library Services Desk manager before attempting to replace an item.
Questions about procedures can be directed to the Library Services Desk Manager (Katy Ritter, x3172.)
Print materials (books and scores) are requestable for 28 days, with 3 renewal periods.
Non-print materials (DVD's and CD's) are requestable for 14 days, with 1 renewal period.
If you have an item that is 21 days overdue, you will be blocked at the owning institution
until you either return the item or pay the replacement cost. An item moves to "lost"
status once it is 35 days overdue and you will receive a notice to pay the replacement