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De Paul Library Policies: Access to Resources

Become a Borrower

To use the materials and services available in De Paul Library be prepared to present identification as follows:

University of Saint Mary students, faculty, and staff--current USM ID card.

Off-campus users--a library card. A photo ID will be required to purchase the library card at the Circulation Desk.

  • General Public--$25/year
  • Senior Citizens (55 and older)--$10/year
  • Students from other Universities (with valid Student ID)--free, renewable by semester

Circulating Collection

Books are loaned to Saint Mary students for one month, with loans to faculty and staff for the semester. Users not affiliated with the college but holding Saint Mary library cards may borrow books for one month and have them renewed once.

Renewals may be made in person, by phone, or by email.

Periodicals, Reference, and Special Collections items do not circulate. An appointment must be made with the Library Director in order to tour or use Special Collections.
Recall – If a patron needs any item which is already on loan, the library will place a hold on it and notify the original borrower that it has been requested. The item must then be returned to the library by the due date or a fine will be imposed.
Reserves – Faculty may place their own or library materials on reserve at the Circulation Desk for the convenience of their students. Time limits are determined by the faculty member and may vary from in-library use to several days. Reserve materials should be returned directly to the Circulation Desk.
Interlibrary Loan – Students and faculty needing books or periodicals not available in De Paul Library may request them through the Interlibrary Loan Request Form. Off-campus patrons are encouraged to contact their public library or home academic library to arrange for interlibrary loans.

If you have any questions, contact the Circulation Desk at 913-758-6306.

Library Fines

For all materials not returned by the due date:

Saint Mary students will not receive grades, transcripts, or diplomas.

A fine of 25 cents per hour per item up to a maximum of $15 per item is charged for reserve materials returned late.

Three months past the due date, all patrons will be fined the replacement cost of the item plus a $20 processing fee. If the patron finds the item and it is returned in good condition, fines will be rescinded and paid fines will be returned.

Library users with overdue materials or outstanding fines will not be permitted further borrowing until they settle their accounts.