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Library FAQ

How do I get a library card?

The library does not issue library cards.  However, you must present proof of identity such as your TU ID card or a driver’s license at checkout.

How long can I check out books and DVDs?

All students and community users may check out books, DVDs, and other media for two weeks. You may also renew materials up to two times. Students can check out 10 items at a time and community members can check out 5 items at a time.

If I need a book that is already checked out can I place a hold on that item?

Yes, check the details of this service at the circulation desk.

How much do you charge for overdue fines?

All students and community users are charged $.10/day for overdue books and $.25/day for overdue DVDs and media.

Do you have laptops or camcorders for checkout?

Currently enrolled students and faculty can check out cameras, Kindles, audio recorders, and camcorders. At this time only faculty can check out laptops and the iPad.

I pay a technology fee to the university so why do I have to pay for copies over the semester limit?

The technology fee goes toward networks, computer parts, IT staffing, and other things, not just paper. Thomas University encourages faculty and students, as guardians of the environment, to reduce paper usage as much as possible.

Can I take a ProctorU test in the library?

The library’s two computer labs are designed to accommodate multiple users in an open environment.  This setup does not conform to certain requirements established by ProctorU.  It is the student’s responsibility to locate appropriate accommodations for test taking.

Why can’t I use the Mac Lab located in the back of the library when it is not is use?

Although the Mac Lab and Classroom 8 are located within the library proper, these rooms are actually administered by other campus departments.  The Mac Lab is outfitted with special equipment for use by music and film students and is available to those students only.

Why can’t I eat in the library?

The library strives to maintain a professional and studious atmosphere for all users. For cleanliness and distraction purposes we humbly ask that food is eaten at the Hawk’s Nest inside the Campus Center. Beverages with lids are allowed in the library.

Can I use the library after I graduate?

Yes, we can change your status from student to community user when you are no longer a student as long as you are still reside in the local service area.  You may still check out library materials and use the library computers.  However, interlibrary loan materials must be requested through your public library.

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