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Circulation Department

Checkout Policies

  Loan Period Renewals Max # Items
Undergraduates 30 days 2 online N/A
Graduates Semester In Person Only N/A
Faculty Through end of Spring Semester In Person Only N/A
Staff 30 days 2 online N/A
Friends of Dacus Library 30 days 2 online 3
PASCAL Visiting Patron 3 weeks 1 3

Circulation Policies for Non-Faculty Borrowers

Fines and Fees

All non-faculty patrons are subject to daily overdue fines.  All patrons will incur replacement charges and billing fees for lost/long overdue items. 
Overdue fines are charged to students’ university accounts daily. Lost/long overdue charges are billed to students’ university accounts according to the billing timetable for each type of material. All fees must be paid in the Cashier’s Office or online via Wingspan.

The Library blocks patrons who have fines of $50.00 or more from checking out materials. The university places holds on student accounts with outstanding fees and  blocks students with outstanding from access to transcripts, grades, and registration.

Patrons who wish to contest their fees may fill out a Fee Appeal form at the Information Commons desk.

Replacement Fee Schedule

Material Type

Replacement Charge*

Non-Refundable Processing Fee


Cost of Replacement


Popular/Browsing Collection Books

Cost of Replacement


Popular/Browsing Collection DVDs






Laptops - Library Use Only



GoPro Camera



Laptops -7 Day Use



Study Room Keys



PASCAL Delivers Items



Damaged items

Cost of repairs + applicable processing fee

Varies according to material type

*Cost and methodology for repair or replacement of electronic equipment lost or damaged while in the possession of patrons will be determined by library administration. Patrons may be charged for component pieces or for full replacement at the discretion of the library. Patrons who attempt unauthorized repair or replacement of library-owned equipment will be charged the full replacement cost of the item plus the applicable billing fee ($50 for iPads and GoPro camera, $100 for laptops).


Most general collection materials may be renewed without limitation provided no other patron has requested the item. Undergraduate students and university staff are allowed 2 online renewals. Patrons must bring materials to the Information Commons desk for all subsequent renewals. 

Faculty and graduate students may not renew items online due to their extended loan periods; however, they may bring materials to the Information Commons for renewal.

All materials that have reached or passed their due dates must be brought to the Information Commons for renewal.
The library does not accept telephone renewals.


Patrons may place holds on General Collection items that  are checked out or are otherwise unavailable through the online catalog; however, patrons are encouraged to use the PASCAL Delivers service to request items not available at Dacus Library.  Reserves, Reference or other non-circulating items are not eligible for holds, nor are laptop computers.

Patrons may not place holds on iPads or laptops through the online catalog. Holds may be placed on these items by staff  at the Information Commons, or by contacting the Circulation Department at 803-323-4502.

Most items are held for pickup at the Information Commons for 7 days. Patrons will receive a “hold pickup” notice in their Winthrop e-mail accounts when their materials are available.


Special Materials

Course Reserves:

Course reserves are readings selected by instructors for use by students enrolled in their courses. Many readings are available online through the library’s Course Reserves system.   Other materials are available for checkout at the Information Commons Desk on the main floor.
Most hard copy reserves are checked out for 3 hours and must be used in the library. Other materials may circulate for 24 hours, 3 days or 7 days.

Patrons are responsible for using all course materials in accordance with copyright law and the university copyright policy.


The library maintains a collection of current textbooks for classes meeting the library’s selection criteria. Textbooks are shelved at the Information Commons desk and may be checked out for 3 hours. Textbooks must be used in the library.


Winthrop faculty members may check out current and bound journals for 24 hours. Extended loan periods must be approved by the Head of Reference or the Head of Public Services. Students may not check out journals; exceptions may be granted by the Head of Public Services.

Reference Books:

Winthrop faculty may check out Reference books for 24 hours with the approval of a Reference librarian. Students must use Reference materials in the library.

iPads, GoPro Camera & Circulating Laptops

Use of the library’s iPads, GoPro camera and circulating laptops is restricted to university students, faculty and staff.  Loan period for these items is 7 days.
Renewals are available as demand permits, but online renewals are not available.
Due to high demand, overdue fines are $2.00 per day; the library will charge the patron’s university account for replacement when the item is 7 days overdue. When the billed iPad, laptop or camera is returned, non-faculty patrons will be assessed a non-refundable $50.00 processing fee (iPads and camera) or $100.00 processing fee (laptops).

Laptops - In Library Use Only

The library has 24 laptop computers available for 3-hour use. These laptops must remain in the library. Due to high demand, the library charges an overdue fine of $5.00 per hour. Patrons must agree to the responsibility/liability statement before logging on to a laptop. Once checked out, the patron is responsible for any theft, loss or damage. If a laptop is damaged while in the patron’s possession, the patron will be charged the cost of repair plus a $10.00 processing fee. Replacement charges may be as high as $2,000.

Study Rooms

The library has a variety of group and individual study rooms available to students. All are available on a first come first serve basis.

Government Publications

Publications of the United States government are shelved in the Government Publications department on the second floor. Most of these items are available for checkout, with the exception of reference materials, journals and microforms.


The library has a large collection of journals, newspapers, government publications and ERIC documents available in microform. All microform materials are located on the 2nd floor. Microforms must be used in the library. Reader/Printers are located on the 2nd floor. Microform printing for personal use is free to Winthrop students, faculty and staff.

Lost Books:

Please report lost or destroyed library materials to the Circulation Department immediately so that item can be replaced as soon as possible. Any item 50 or more days overdue will be assumed lost or destroyed and the patron’s university account will be billed the replacement cost of the item plus a non-refundable processing fee.

PASCAL Delivers Books:

Materials obtained through any of the PASCAL resource sharing services are subject to overdue fines of $1.00 per day.  PASCAL items which are 10 or more days overdue will be assumed lost, and a standard $100.00  per item replacement charge will be billed to the patron’s university account. This amount includes a $10.00 non-refundable processing fee.

Loss of Borrowing Privileges:

The library blocks patrons who owe $50.00 or more in library fees or who have more than 10 overdue items from borrowing materials.

Payment of Fees:

All fines and replacement fees must be paid online via Wingspan or in the Cashier’s Office.


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