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Policies: Students

Courtesy

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

Borrowing

SAGU Undergraduate Students
  • Books: 10 items, 6 weeks
  • Audio/Visual: 3 items, 3 days
  • Reference Books: In-library use only
  • Rare Books: In-library use only
  • Periodicals: In-library use only
  • Reserve Books: 1 item, time varies
SAGU Graduate Stuents
  • Books: 15 items, 6 weeks
  • Audio/Visual: 3 items, 3 days
  • Reference Books: In-library use only
  • Rare Books: In-library use only
  • Periodicals: In-library use only
  • Reserve Books: 1 item, time varies
SAGU Doctoral Students
  • Books: 20 items, 6 weeks
  • Audio/Visual: 3 items, 3 days
  • Reference Books: In-library use only
  • Rare Books: In-library use only
  • Periodicals: In-library use only
  • Reserve Books: 1 item, time varies
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 are encouraged to borrow responsibly, returning resources in a timely manner so that other students have a chance to use those resources, too. The library does not charge overdue fines, though a replacement fee (equaling the cost of replacement) will be assessed if library materials are not returned within 30 days of the due date; this fee will be waived if the materials are returned. 

We don't want a library fine to stand between you and research!

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. 

Collaborative Zone
Quiet
Zone
Deep Quiet Zone
Appropriate behavior in the Collaborative Zone includes group work, normal level of conversations, or answering a phone call.
Appropriate behavior in the Quiet Zone includes individual study, whispering, and keeping phones on silent/vibrate. Phone calls should be answered in a Collaborative Zone.
Appropriate behavior in the Deep Quiet Zone 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.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

SAGU students 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. There is no limit to the number of simultaneous article requests one may place. Students 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 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.
  • Digital media: Digital materials such as videos, music, or audiobooks may not be obtained through ILL. Requests for such materials 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 Online/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.

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.

Using Other Libraries

The Nelson Memorial Library participates in two reciprocal borrowing programs, available to all students, staff, and faculty at SAGU: TexShare and the Association of Christian Librarians. 

TexShare: This program allows users to borrow items from almost all Texas libraries free of charge (each library sets their own policy for how many items users may check out). This is especially useful for Online/Distance Education students residing in or near Texas who can easily drive to a nearby university library, for example; the TexShare card enables the student to checkout books from that university library where they normally could not. Users interested in obtaining a TexShare card may visit the library in person on the first floor of the Nelson Memorial Library, or by email at library@sagu.edu or phone at 972.825.4766. 

Association of Christian Librarians (ACL): The ACL Reciprocal Borrowing Program is made up of 59 participating libraries across the continental United States (as of 2/14/2018). Like the TexShare program, the ACL program allows users to borrow materials from other ACL libraries free of charge. You may see the entire list of participating libraries below. Of specific relevance to students residing near SAGU's Waxahachie campus, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and the Paul Quinn College in Dallas participate in this program. SAGU users could check out materials directly from either of these libraries without having to go through our Interlibrary Loan program. Users interested in obtaining an ACL card may visit the library in person on the first floor of the Nelson Memorial Library, or request one by email at library@sagu.edu or phone at 972.825.4766

Food and Drink

Snacks and drinks are permitted in the main parts of the library, provided the drinks have lids. Students are expected to clean up after themselves, leaving their study area free of trash and crumbs for the next student.

Snacks and drinks are not permitted in the computer labs.

Public Library Partnership

Waxahachie's Nicholas P. Sims Library now offers SAGU students access to public library eResources! Simply bring your SAGU ID and a valid driver's license/ID into the Sims Library to apply for a free eLibrary card, which will allow you to access all their databases and use their computers.

This e-Library card grants you access to these great resources (and more!):

  • Overdrive/Libby eBooks (thousands of fiction and nonfiction eBooks)
  • Mango Language Learning
  • Ancestry: Library Edition
  • Salem Histry (1941-1970 Great Events)
  • DAR History of Ellis County, Texas
  • Cypress Resume
  • TumpleBooks Library
  • Childon's Online Auto Repair Database
  • DrivingTests.org

SAGU AIC

The Nelson Memorial Library (Waxahachie campus) is happy to transfer any of our books to the Dorothy Cummings Memorial Library (AIC campus) for SAGU AIC students to check out. Contact Keilah Coverstone in person at the Dorothy Cummings Memorial Library, or by email at aiclibrary@sagu.edu. You can search the Nelson Memorial Library's books in our catalog.