Checking out, renewing, and returning

The following information is for current students, staff, and faculty.

If you are not a current student, staff, or faculty, you may be able to access library materials as a Community Borrower or through the TexShare Card program.

  • Circulating physical items may be checked out at the library’s Front Desk. Present your SRSU photo ID to borrow materials.
  • Library materials may be returned to the Front Desk or dropped in the Book Drop on the side of the building adjacent to the University Center.
  • Library materials may be renewed in person at the Front Desk, or online using your My Library Account.
    • Renewals cannot always be granted; Be sure to honor due dates to avoid accruing fines

Fines and fees

Fines and fees vary by format and patron type.

Note that InterLibrary Loan materials are subject to more fines enabled by the lending library.

Unpaid fines of $3 or more halt borrowing privileges until the fine is paid below $3. Before a library user’s record is cleared, full payment must be made at the Front Desk. Three or more overdue books will also halt borrowing privileges. Outstanding obligations will block patrons from registering for classes or obtaining transcripts.

Lost and damaged items

Items overdue for one year or more are considered lost and will be charged to your account as we run our end-of-semester reports. The full replacement price assessed by the Collection Development and Serials Librarian plus a $10 processing fee per item will be applied to your account if the items have not been returned to the library by that time. Once billed, borrowing privileges may be suspended until payment is received.

The library does not accept replacement titles in lieu of payment for lost materials. To maintain the integrity of the library’s collections, we reserve the right to conduct searches for replacement materials and choose titles that meet approved selection policies and procedures.

General Circulating Collection Books (WML 3rd Floor)

Undergraduate Students

  • keep general collection books for up to 4 weeks; one renewal permitted
  • $0.10/day late fee with a $5 maximum late fine accrued per book

Graduate Students

  • keep general collection books for entire semester; no renewal permitted
    • $1.00/day late fee with $10 maximum late fine accrued per book

Faculty and Staff

  • keep general collection books for entire semester; three renewals per book

The library has a growing collection of eBooks available online. eBook access varies by platform. Some eBooks may be downloaded by multiple users at once; some eBooks are “one book, one user,” meaning only one user may access it at a time (like a physical book). Follow instructions by platform to access eBooks on your desktop or to download them to a personal device.

Fines and Fees

There are no fines or fees associated with borrowing of eBooks.

The library houses a large collection of physical media including DVDs, calculators, and Wacom tablets.

Fines and Fees

From $0.10 to $3 per day, depending on the type of media

Faculty may place personal materials on Course Reserve so they are accessible to students in the library as additional course readings. Course Reserves are shelved behind the Circulation Desk. Ask there, or search reserve materials by instructor, course ID, or course name in the library catalog.

Fines and Fees

$0.10 PER HOUR (using a 24-hour clock). Example: If an item due at 9 AM, May 1 is returned at 9 AM, May 2, the fine accrued is $2.40.

Jump to Submit Course Reserves.

There are dozens of board games available for check out. Board games are in-library use only.

The Archives of the Big Bend is housed on the Second Floor of the library. Archival materials related to the Trans-Pecos Region include papers, photographs, theses, business documents, and more. Materials housed in the Archives of the Big Bend do not circulate and may not leave the Archives’ Reading Room. Learn more about the Archives of the Big Bend or view the Archives’ Digital Collections.

Periodicals do not circulate and may not leave the library. The most recent issues of print newspapers from around the region and popular magazines are shelved in the First Floor Periodicals section. Back issues are shelved on the Second Floor. Featured academic print journals are displayed on the Second Floor.

last updated: August 19, 2021