Circulation Policies

Borrowing materials
A valid MIAD I.D. is required to check out library materials, including Reserve materials. Borrowers are responsible for all materials checked out on their cards until the items are returned. Cards may only be used by the person to whom they are issued. MIAD alumni will be issued an Alumni Card upon request. Courtesy Cards are available for Marquette students registered for a MIAD course, and for continuing education instructors.

Loan periods
Books circulate for four weeks, and may be renewed for up to two times unless recalled.  Patrons may renew items online at: http://topcat.switchinc.org. Videos and DVD’s generally circulate for one week. Books borrowed from other SWITCH schools have a four-week loan period; loan periods for videos / DVDs borrowed through SWITCH vary from one to four weeks. Library Reserve materials circulate for two hours or overnight.

Charges & fines
Overdue notices are sent out via email as a courtesy reminder to library patrons. Items are due back to MIAD or the given SWITCH library on the specified due date whether a notice was received or not. MIAD library has a 9 day grace period. Items that are overdue for ten days incur a replacement fee and overdue fines stop accumulating. A replacement charge is minimally $50 per item and may be higher depending on the cost of the library material. Lost books that are later found (within six months) and are in good condition may be returned for a credit against bills sent to the business office. Library Reserve materials that are returned late incur a fine of 25-cents per hour until returned.

Items borrowed from SWITCH schools incur late fines and replacement fees according to their policies.

A block may be placed on a student's record if she or he owes more than $30 in late or replacement charges. A block can prevent a student from registering for classes, or receiving a transcript. Off-site access to databases and other services usually available through TOPCAT will also be blocked. Any questions about fees or fines should be directed to library staff at the Circulation Desk.

TOPCAT can be accessed off campus at: http://topcat.switchinc.org

For more information on the Library or Learning Resource Center, go to the MIAD Moodle Site at http://courses.miad.edu and search the Learning Resource Center.

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