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Circulation Department

Checkout Policies

  Loan Period Renewals Max # Items
Undergraduates 30 days 2 online allowed N/A
Graduates Semester 1 online allowed N/A
Faculty Year N/A N/A
Staff 30 days 2 online allowed N/A

Circulation Policies for Non-Faculty Borrowers

Checkout Procedures:

Each item taken from the library must be checked out. Patrons must present a valid Winthrop I.D. or loan privilege card at the Circulation Desk in order to borrow Dacus Library materials. Federal Government Documents may be checked out by any U.S. citizen who presents a photo I.D. or to anyone holding a valid Winthrop I.D.


A fine of 20 cents per day from the due date is charged for each overdue general collection item. The library will not collect any fine less than $1.20 on two-week loans. As a courtesy, the library sends borrowers one notice of materials soon to be due and one notice of overdue books; however, it is the borrower's responsibility to know when books are due and to return books on time. Fines are referred to the Cashier's Office daily. All fees must be paid in the Cashier's Office or via Wingspan. Students cannot receive transcripts, register for classes, or graduate from Winthrop until accounts are cleared.

Patrons who wish to contest their fines may fill out a Fee Appeal form at the Circulation Desk.

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 Renewals are limited only when an item is requested by another patron.  Patrons may initiate the first two renewals online.  Subsequent renewals and all renewals of currently due or overdue materials require physical presentation of the materials at the Circulation Desk.  Patrons are responsible for notifying the library immediately if an online renewal attempt is unsuccessful.

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Reserve Materials:

Materials on course reserve are shelved behind the Circulation Desk. These items are checked out for three-hour periods any time during library hours, but may not be removed from the library. Some reserve books may be checked out for overnight use, but must be returned by 9AM Monday-Friday or within 1 hour after the library opens on Saturday or Sunday. Each item is subject to a 50 cent per hour overdue fee. "3 Day" reserve books may be borrowed for three days.   "7 Day" Reserve books may be borrowed for one week. The fine is 20 cents per book per day from the due date.  There is no grace period.

Many reserve items are also available electronically through the library's Web site.

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Laptop Computers:

The library has 20 laptop computers available for 3 hour checkout.  The computers must be used in the library.  The overdue fine is $5.00 per hour; the full hourly fine amount is charged for any portion of an hour that the computer is overdue past the 15-minute grace period. The patron is responsible for damage or theft and and fees resulting from said damage or theft which occurs while the item is checked out to him or her.  (Laptop Computer Circulation policy)

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iPads/Kindle Fire

  • iPad/Kindle Fires will be checked out to Winthrop-affiliated patrons only; patron must present valid Winthrop ID.
  • Patron may need to re-charge the device.
  • Patrons may place holds on the device; they will have 3 days to pick up the reader before it is moved to the next person in the queue
  • Loan period is 7 days
  • There are no renewals
  • Overdue fines are $2.00 per day, with no grace period
  • One courtesy notice will be sent 2 days before reader is overdue
  • An overdue notice will be sent when reader is 1 day overdue
  • A pre-billing notice will be sent 7 days after the initial notice
  • Item will be billed to patron’s account when it is 10 days overdue
  • Devices are checked for damages before checkout to patron and upon return. If damage (i.e. scratched/cracked screen, etc.) is found, the patron will be charged to cost to fix the item. Currently, screen damages to the iPad will result in a $275 charge.
  • Replacement cost for the device(s) are:
    • iPad - $500 + $10.00 processing fee
    • Kindle Fire - $200.00 + $10.00 processing fee
  • Device will not be checked in until all components are returned. This includes the device, carrying case, magnetic cover, ac plug, & usb cord.
  • All devices are wiped upon return to ensure personal data is not stored on the device.
  • Questions about the devices should be directed to
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Lost Books:

If a book is lost or destroyed by a borrower, the borrower will pay the cost of the book plus a $10 non-refundable processing fee. Any book 50 or more days overdue will be declared lost. The borrower should notify the library immediately if a book is lost so that it may be replaced as soon as possible.

Loss of Borrowing Privileges:

A patron's right to borrow library materials will be suspended when he or she has 10 or more overdue books or owes $50.00 in fines.

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Materials by Type:

Journals, Magazines and Newspapers:

Periodicals may be used in the library only; they are not available for check out.

Reference Books:

Reference books may be used in the library only and are not available for check out.

Government Documents:

South Carolina State Documents, United States Government Documents and some United Nations publications may be checked out, with the exception of journals and reference materials.


The library's collection of microfilm, microfiche, microcards and microprint maybe used in the building only. Reader/Printers are available for patrons to make copies of these materials for personal use.

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