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Circulation and Reserve Services

Checking out books and other materials

To check out library materials you will need to present your Samford I.D. at the Library circulation desk.

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 Staff
Regular Circulating Books
and Printed Scores
28 days
1 renewal
Government Documents 28 days
1 renewal
CDs, Records, Videos
7 days
1 renewal
Reference, Periodicals No checkout
In-Library Use
Varies: 1, 2 or 3 hours
Note: Renewals must be requested in-person
Reserves: Varies: 1, 3 or 7 Days
Note: Renewals must be requested in-person

Renewing materials

The University Library allows renewals according to the table above. Reserves, and other special materials may not be renewed. Interlibrary loan renewal requests must be made through Interlibrary Loan or 726-2983.

Overdues and fines

Samford Staff are charged fines for Interlibrary Loan and Reserve materials only. All other library materials carry no fines for Samford Staff.

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

Overdue Fines
Reserves .25¢ per hour per item; $100.00 maximum per item
Unauthorized Removal Fine: $10.00 per item
Equipment $5.00 per hour per item; $100.00 maximum per item

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.

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 Replacement charges are set by the lending institution.
Other materials Original cost or actual cost of comparable item
plus processing fee.


Reserve items are located at the Main Desk on the First Floor in the University Library. Each professor determines the loan period for his/her items. A professor may place an item on Room Reserve (1, 2 or 3 hour limits), or the professor may choose to allow the item out of the library for 1-, 3-, or 7-day checkouts. Room reserve, without a set hour limit, indicates that the item may be checked out until the library closes but must not be taken out of the building. Reserve Fines are as follows:

Overdue fine: .25¢ per hour; $100.00 maximum per item
Unauthorized Removal Fine: $10.00 per item

Borrowing materials from other libraries

With their Samford student ID, Samford students may borrow materials from the other Birmingham-area libraries with whom Samford University Library has a cooperative borrowing agreement. These libraries are:

  • Bessemer State Tech
  • Birmingham Southern College
  • Covenant Theological Seminary
  • Faulkner University
  • Jefferson State
  • Judson College
  • Lawson State Jr. College
  • Miles College
  • New Orleans Seminary Extension Center
  • Samford Extension Division Tuscaloosa
  • Southeastern Bible College
  • Spring Hill College (Birmingham Extension Center)
  • University of Alabama in Birmingham
  • University of Montevallo

Interlibrary Loan

Materials not available in our collection may also be borrowed from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Requests are made through the ILLiad system. Our library must observe the lending policies of the lending library; we are unable to borrow some materials, and other materials may only be available in certain formats. The first time you log into ILLiad, you are prompted to create a profile. Once created, you may place Interlibrary Loan or Resource Retrieval requests.

Books and articles from journals, either obtained via ILL or located in our library, can be delivered to the departmental office of staff via the Resource Retrieval Service. The Resource Retrieval Service is available only to faculty and staff of Samford University. For more information, please email or call 726-2983.

Contact the circulation department

Telephone: 205 726-2748


Hours hotline: 205 726-4015

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