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Circulation Services

For Special Patrons and Students from Other Universities

Special Patrons include members of Birmingham area cooperative agreement libraries; Samford alumni; ministers and staff of any Birmingham area church.

Checking out books and other materials

You may have up to 10 items checked out at any one time.

To set up your library account we ask that you pay $1.00 for a library/copy card. You will also need to present current, valid identification at the University Library circulation desk.

Valid forms of identification include:

Due dates

Loan periods vary by the type of item that you check out. Use the table below to determine the loan period for your items:

Loan Periods for Special Patrons
Regular Circulating Books and Printed Scores28 days
no renewal
Government Documents28 days
no renewal
CDs, Records, Videos
7 days
no renewal
Reference, PeriodicalsNo checkout


Renewing materials

Renewal privileges are not extended to special patrons.


Overdues and fines

Fines for overdue materials will accrue according to the following table:

Overdue Fines
Regular Circulating, GovDocs,
and Juvenile Books
20 cents per day per item; $10.00 maximum per item
MultiMedia20 cents per day per item; $10.00 maximum per item

When materials are returned late and fines have accrued to $10.00 or more, the user is billed. Bills should be paid within 30 days and can be paid at the University Library. In the event that bills are unpaid after 30 days, all Library privileges are suspended and students are barred from registration or graduation at their own university.


Replacing lost or damaged materials

When materials are not returned and become long overdue the user is billed for replacement cost and library privileges are suspended. If materials are not returned or paid for within 30 days of billing, the bill is referred to the University Bursar's office for collection. This action bars students from registration or graduation at their own university.

Replacement costs are as follows:

Replacement Costs
In-print materials Replacement cost as listed in
Ulrich's, Whitaker's, etc. plus processing fee.
Out of print books Price listed by out-of-print book dealer, or average cost of Samford Library
titles purchased in the subject area plus processing fee.
Interlibrary Loan Interlibrary loan services are not available for special patrons. Please contact your local public library for assistance.
Other materials Original cost or actual cost of comparable item
plus processing fee.

Accounts may be cleared at the University Library Circulation department by returning the items and paying the fines. Payment for materials found and returned within 90 days of payment will be refunded.


Contact the circulation department

Telephone: 205 726-2748



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