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About

Nelson Memorial Library Policies

The following are some of the most commonly referenced library policies.

Checkout Policies

Patrons Book Audio/Visual Reference Book Rare Book Periodicals Reserve Books
SAGU 
Undergraduate
Students
10 items,
6 weeks
3 items,
3 days
In-library
use only
In-library
​use only
In-library
​use only
1 item,
time varies

SAGU
Graduate
Students

15 items,
6 weeks
3 items,
3 days
In-library
use only
In-library
use only
In-library
use only
1 item,
time varies
SAGU
Doctoral
Students
20 items,
6 weeks

3 items,
3 days

In-library
use only
In-library
use only
In-library
use only
1 item,
time varies
SAGU
Staff
10 items,
6 weeks
3 items,
3 days
In-library
​use only
In-library
​use only
In-library
​use only
1 item,
​time varies
SAGU
Faculty
No limit,
6 weeks
No limit,
3 days
Check-out with
director approval
only
Check-out with
director approval
only
Check-out with
director approval
only
No limit,
time varies
Community
& Reciprocal
​Patrons
3 items,
6 weeks
3 items,
3 days
In-library
​use only
In-library
​use only
In-library
​use only
1 item,
time varies
Guest
Patrons
In-library
​use only
In-library
​use only
In-library
​use only
In-library
​use only
In-library
​use only
In-library
​use only
 

Although Reference materials may not leave the library, librarians are happy to assist Distance Education students in obtaining copies of relevant entries in Reference materials (within the bounds of U.S. copyright law). 

Fines and Fees

SAGU students, staff, community, and reciprocal patrons are liable for any fines and fees accrued. SAGU faculty are exempt from all fines and fees at the library.

Item Type Fines/Fees
Reserve items $0.50 per hour
Lost Items (including Interlibrary Loan items) Cost of replacement

 

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

SAGU students, staff, and faculty may utilize Interlibrary Loan to obtain resources to which SAGU does not already have access. Students are limited to four (4) ILL books at a time; staff and faculty should speak to the ILL librarian to discuss obtaining more than four (4) at a time. There is no limit to the number of simultaneous article requests one may place. Students, staff, and faculty are responsible for returning physical items to the Library in a timely manner (by the posted Due Date) and will be billed for any lost/not returned items and will be blocked from obtaining physical items through ILL in the future.

ILL Limits:

  • eBooks: Due to licensing, the library is unable to obtain whole eBooks through ILL, though we can frequently obtain an individual chapter through ILL.
  • Distance: Students living outside of driving range of the Waxahachie campus are encouraged to work through their local public library to obtain physical books through ILL.
  • Textbooks: Because ILL checkout lengths vary depending on the lending library, the library is unable to guarantee access to textbooks for an entire semester. Therefore, the library does not knowingly request textbooks through ILL.
  • Media: Media materials such as videos, music, or audio books cannot be obtained through ILL. Requests for such material will be discarded.

Checkout lengths/due dates for physical items vary depending on the lending library's policies. Patrons may request a maximum of one (1) extension/renewal per book.

Physical items (books) cannot be sent to Distance Education (DE) students living outside of driving distance from a SAGU campus. Copies/scans of an individual chapter or specific pages from physical books can be sent to DE students, however. DE students are encouraged to work with their local public library to obtain physical items through ILL.

Neither digital nor physical media (such as videos, music, or audio books) may be obtained through ILL. Requests for such materials will be discarded.

ILL books that arrive in the library will be available for pickup for one week after arrival. Any books not picked up in that week will be promptly returned to the owning libraries. If pickup within one week is not possible, please contact the library to discuss the situation; the book may be picked up later at the librarian's discretion.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of copies or other reproduction of copyrighted material. If a user makes a request for, or later uses a copy or reproduction for purposes in excess of fair use, that user may be liable for copyright infringement. We reserve the right to refuse a request if, in our judgment, fulfillment of the order involves violation of copyright law.

Patron Behavior

Courtesy

The standard for all library interactions is to treat each other with courtesy: Use the library, but don't be crazy. 

Food and Drink

Drinks are permitted in the main parts of the library, provided they have lids; drinks are not permitted in the computer labs. In the event of an accidental spill, housekeeping should be notified immediately. Food is permitted in designated areas.

Noise Levels

The library recognizes diverse students require diverse study environments. Therefore, the library is clearly divided into three color-coded zones. Noise levels will be enforced. 

Yellow = Collaborative Zone. Appropriate behavior here includes group work, normal level of conversations, or answering a phone call.

Orange = Quiet Zone. Appropriate behavior here includes individual study, whispering, and keeping phones on silent/vibrate. Phone calls should be answered in a Collaborative Zone.

Blue = Deep Quiet Zone. Appropriate behavior here includes individual study, no talking, and music inaudible to others. Phones should be kept on silent, and calls should be answered in a Collaborative Zone.

Library Membership

Current SAGU students, staff, and faculty are automatically library members. Additionally, the library offers the following memberships:

  • TexShare: Anyone with a TexShare card acquired from another participating TexShare library may become a member of the SAGU library.
  • ACL: Anyone from another participating Association of Christian Librarians library may become a member of the SAGU library.
  • AGTS: Students currently enrolled at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary may become a member of the SAGU library.
  • CFNI: Students currently enrolled at Christ For the Nations International may become a member of the SAGU library.
  • Community: Alumni and anyone living within driving range of SAGU may purchase a library membership for $50.00 per year or $100.00 per three years.