Borrowing Privileges

Checking Out Items

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

To set up your library account you will need to present your Samford ID at the Circulation Desk located on 1st floor (maps). If you no longer have your Samford ID we ask that you pay $1.00 for a library/copy card. It is not necessary to purchase a card if you still have your Samford ID. You will also need to present a current, valid identification.

Valid forms of identification include:

  • Alabama Driver License
  • Alabama Non-Driver Identification Card

Renewing Items

Sign into your Library Account to request renewals before your due date.

Due Dates and Renewals

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 Retired Samford Faculty and 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

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
MultiMedia 20 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.

Lost or Damaged Items

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 of paid for within 30 days of billing, the bill is referred to the University Bursar's office for collection.

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 avaialble for retired faculty and staff. 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 Library Circulation department by returning the items and paying fines. Payment for materials found and returned within 90 days of payment will be refunded.