Borrowing Privileges

Checking Out Items

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

To set up your library account, and received a free library/copy card, you will need to present current valid identification at the Circulation Desk located on 1st floor (maps), in the University Library.

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

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

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