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Circulation Services

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, and receive a free library/copy card, you will need to present current, valid identificaiton at the University Library circulation desk.

Valid forms of identification include:

  • an Alabama driver's license, or an Alabama ID card

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
1 renewal
Government Documents 28 days
1 renewal
CDs, Records, Videos
7 days
1 renewal
Reference, PeriodicalsNo checkout

Renewing materials

The University Library allows renewals according to the table above. Renewal requests may be made online, in person, or by calling the Circulation Department Chair at 205-726-2699.

Overdues and fines

Current Samford University Trustees and their spouses are not charged fines for overdue items.

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, Amazon, etc. plus processing fee.
Out of print books Price listed by out-of-print book dealer, or average cost of University Library
titles purchased in the subject area plus processing fee.
Interlibrary Loan Interlibrary loan services are not available for current Samford University Trustees and their spouses. 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 item(s) and paying the replacement costs. 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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