circulation policies

  • Undergraduates
  • Graduates
  • Faculty
  • Friends and Alumni
  • Renewing and Recalling
  • Fines and Appeals
  • Forms

Format Loan Period Maximum Number of Items Number of Renewals Fines per Item
Books/Scores 4 weeks 20 2 $0.25 a day, $20 maximum
Bound Journals None None None N/A
CDs, DVDs, VHS 7 days 5 1 $0.25 a day,$20 maximum
LPs 7 days 5 1 $0.25 a day,$20 maximum
Reserved items Check with your instructor 2 1, except during exams $0.25 per hour
Collected works (M1-M3) None None None N/A
Education Resource Center Semester Unlimited None $0.25 a day,$20 maximum
Special collections(CSAM, Rare books) None None None N/A
Recital CDs, VHS None None None N/A

*Recalled items are fined at $1 per day

Format Loan Period Maximum Number of Items Number of Renewals Fines per Item
Books/Scores Semester 50 1 $0.25 a day, $20 maximum
Bound Journals None None None N/A
CDs, DVDs, VHS 4 weeks 10 1 $0.25 a day,$20 maximum
LPs 7 days 5 1 $0.25 a day,$20 maximum
Reserved items Check with your instructor 2 1, except during exams $0.25 per hour
Collected works (M1-M3) None None None N/A
Education Resource Center Semester Unlimited None $0.25 a day,$20 maximum
Special collections(CSAM, Rare books) None None None N/A
Recital CDs, VHS None None None N/A

*Recalled items are fined at $1 per day

Format Loan Period Maximum Number of Items Number of Renewals Fines per Item
Books/Scores Semester Unlimited Unlimited $0.25 a day, $20 maximum
Bound Journals 3 days 2 None $0.25 a day, $20 maximum
CDs, DVDs, VHS 4 weeks Unlimited 1 $0.25 a day,$20 maximum
LPs 7 days 5 1 $0.25 a day,$20 maximum
Reserved items Check with colleague 2 1, except during exams $0.25 per hour
Collected works (M1-M3) 3 days Unlimited None $0.25 a day,$20 maximum
Education Resource Center Semester Unlimited None $0.25 a day,$20 maximum
Special collections(CSAM, Rare books) Case by case basis None None N/A
Recital CDs, VHS None None None N/A

Format Loan Period Maximum Number of Items Number of Renewals Fines per Item
Books/Scores 4 weeks 5* None $0.25 a day, $20 maximum
Bound Journals None None None N/A
CDs, DVDs, VHS 7 days 5* 1 $0.25 a day,$20 maximum
LPs 7 days 5* 1 $0.25 a day,$20 maximum
Collected works (M1-M3) None None None N/A
Special collections(CSAM, Rare books) None None None N/A
Recital CDs, VHS None None None N/A

*5 is the sum total number of items in all formats that can be checked out at one time.

Renewing Music Materials

If you do not owe more than $5.00 in fines, and if your materials are not yet overdue, you may renew by visiting your Online Account. Otherwise, you may bring the items in to the Music Library circulation desk for renewal. Inquiries or problems with online renewal should be directed to (803) 777-5139 during normal Library hours. Items may be renewed according to their renewal limits: books and scores may be renewed twice. Audiovisual materials may be renewed once. If you would like to renew your Interlibrary Loan items, visit your Interlibrary Loan Account or contact the Interlibrary Loan department during their normal business hours.

Recalling Music Materials

If a library book is checked out, you may place a recall on the book. The book will be due two weeks from the date recalled, unless the original due date is earlier. When the book is returned, the Music Library will hold the book and notify you. Recalls may also be placed via an email request. To do so, please email us and include your full name, email address, phone number, and the title, author, and call number of the item you need recalled. You should receive a confirmation email within two working days. If you do not, please contact Joe Henderson at (803) 777-5139 for assistance.

Fines

All fines and fees must be paid at Thomas Cooper Library. Most overdue fines are $0.25 per item per day with a maximum fine of $20.00. Fines on recalled items are $1.00 per item per day. Fines on reserve items are $0.10 cents per minute. Chamber music that is returned damaged or incomplete will result in a replacement fee that will be assessed to the individual who checked it out. All fines accrue continually, 24 hours a day, regardless of library hours. Items that are 40 days overdue will also accrue a one-time $10.00 processing fee. At this point a replacement fee will also be assessed; this is at least $45.00 for most books and can be higher, depending on the actual cost of replacement. The replacement fee will automatically be forgiven upon return of the item, provided it is returned in good condition. Please email the Music Library at musiclib@mailbox.sc.edu for more information.

Appeals

If you receive a bill or an overdue notice that you believe is in error, you may file an appeal. If you think you've returned a book, but it is still on your library account, the book in question is placed on a "Missing/Claimed Returned" list. Library staff will search for the book for six months. If the book is found during this time, it will be removed from your patron record and no fines will incur. If, however, the book is not found in those six months, you will be charged a replacement fee for the book. Please come to the Music Library and fill out an appeal form, or submit your appeal online. If you have questions about appeals, please contact the Music Library at (803) 777-5139 or by email at musiclib@mailbox.sc.edu

Missing items

If you can't find a book and it isn't checked out, you may request that the item be searched for. The library will search for the book over a period of six months. If the item is found, you will receive an email and the book will be held at the Music Library circulation desk for you for up to 10 days. If the item has not been found a month after your search request, you may request the item through Interlibrary Loan.

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