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Dacus Library Policies

Appropriate Use of Computers Policy

The library's computers are intended to facilitate the research and other technology needs of Winthrop University students, faculty, and staff. Winthrop students have priority access to computers at all times. All patrons are expected to adhere to the Dacus Library Patron Code of Conduct posted on the library website, as well as Winthrop University's Appropriate Use Policy.  Patrons who violate either of these policies will be subject to removal and/or loss of library privileges. Community patrons should be aware that the university provides unfiltered Internet access to allow students and faculty a full range of research options. Patrons under the age of 18 must remain in the company of an adult when using the computers.

Community Patron Access Policy

  • Community patrons who wish to gain access to Dacus Library for a specific research project requiring extensive use of library resources must complete a research application form and submit the form with a copy of a current picture identification card. 
  • The research project must require the use of Dacus materials that are not available elsewhere.
  • With this access card the community patron may use the building during the following time periods:
    • Monday – Thursday: 8:00am until 9:00pm
    • Friday: 8:00am until 5:00pm
    • Saturday: 1:00pm until 6:00pm
    • Sunday: 1:00pm until 9:00pm 
  • Community patrons are given a maximum of six months to complete a project and can then apply for renewal if more time is needed. 
  • Winthrop University students have priority over use of the library computers.
  • Violations of our acceptable use policy or inappropriate behavior will result in immediate dismissal and a revocation of the access card. 
  • Community patron research applications are most often denied because the form is incomplete, there is no discernible research project listed, or the one listed does not require the use of Dacus materials. Reading the local paper, searching the web, needing a quiet study space, or simply checking job openings are not activities considered for access.  
  • Group study rooms, the library classroom, and individual study carrels are for Winthrop students only; community members including those with research access passes must remain in open study areas.

Patron Access Policies

The following categories of patrons are entitled to on-site use of the library’s resources. 

  • Winthrop University Students (currently enrolled)
  • Winthrop University Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, Staff, and Retirees
  • Spouses and children of Winthrop faculty and staff (Children under the age of 18 must remain in the company of faculty or staff member.)
  • Students and faculty of any PASCAL member institution (Valid home institution ID plus photo ID required)
  • CAEC (Charlotte Area Educational Consortium) Faculty
  • York Tech Bridge Students
  • Any patron of college age or above who has been issued a Dacus Library Research Access Card by the Dean’s office
  • Local IB (International Baccalaureate) and AP (Advanced Placement) Coordinators
  • Local IB and AP High School Students
  • Local High School Teacher Cadets
  • Friends of Dacus Library
  • Federal and State Documents Patrons with a scheduled appointment

CAEC (Charlotte Area Educational Consortium) Faculty

Faculty members from the Charlotte Area Educational Consortium have borrowing privileges from Dacus Library.  They should have their ID card and a special CAEC borrowing card.  Winthrop faculty can obtain a CAEC borrowing card to use at one of the other libraries at the Information Commons from the reference librarian. 

Charlotte Area Educational Consortium: 

  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
  • Carolinas College of Health Sciences
  • Catawba College
  • Catawba Valley Community College
  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Cleveland Community College
  • Davidson College
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Lenoir-Rhyne College
  • Livingstone College
  • Mitchell Community College
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • South Piedmont Community College
  • Stanly Community College
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of South Carolina at Lancaster
  • Wingate University
  • Winthrop University
  • York Technical College

Faculty Proxy Cards

Federal and State Depository Library Patrons

Friends of Dacus Library

The purpose of the Friends of Dacus Library is to encourage gifts, endowments, memorials, and funds for financial support of the library beyond the traditional budget. It seeks to attain this worthwhile goal via the contributions of members to the organization for either general or designated purposes. Annual memberships run from January 1 through December 31. 

Friends of Dacus Library are allowed to check-out three items at a time for a loan period of 30 days. 

Identification Required:  Friends of Dacus Library Card and a photo ID.

Guide Dogs

Local High School Faculty and Students

The following special services are available to area high schools:

  • Borrowing privileges for IB (International Baccalaureate) and AP (Advanced Placement) coordinators
  • Guest cards for IB and AP students
  • Library instruction for IB and AP classes

All library access for area teachers and students must be arranged through the Information Literacy Coordinator and/or Head of Public Services. High school teachers who are interested in having their students use Dacus Library either individually or as a class must first contact the Information Literacy Coordinator to make these arrangements. High school teachers are encouraged to first explore the resources of their own media centers and local public libraries.

Only IB & AP program coordinators may acquire access cards for their students.

Local High School Teacher Cadets

The primary goal of the Teacher Cadet Program is to encourage academically talented, high-achieving, high school students with exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills to consider teaching as a career. An important secondary goal of the Program is to develop future community leaders who will become civic advocates for public education. Teacher Cadets are participating in a dual-credit course and should have a Winthrop ID card.

Proxy Account Policy

Proxy Account Policy

  • Faculty members may apply for proxy accounts, which allow student assistants or other departmental staff to request, pick-up, and check out materials for those professors.
  • The faculty member should submit the application online at:
  • The Interlibrary Loan Department will create an ILL/PASCAL proxy account.
  • The Circulation Department will issue a paper card with the name of both the faculty member and the proxy.  This card will be sent via campus mail to the faculty member.
  • The proxy user must bring both his or her own Winthrop ID and the proxy card to the desk to check out or pick up materials.
  • Materials will be checked out on the faculty member’s account, NOT on the proxy user’s account.
  • A proxy account will also allow the assistant to place ILL requests and check them out on behalf of the faculty member.
  • The faculty member is responsible for any overdue, lost or damaged items placed by the proxy.

Students Attending For-Profit Institutions or Online Programs at Out-of-State Institutions

Students enrolled in for-profit institutions and/or online programs at out-of-state colleges and universities will be charged an access fee of $100. The access card will be valid for 6 months. If additional time is needed, access cards may be purchased in additional 6 month increments for $50 each. Access cards valid for between 1 day and 30 days may be purchased for $25, and renewed at the $25 rate for an additional 1-30 days.

York Tech Bridge Students

The Winthrop Bridge Program is an academic transfer program that allows freshmen to attend York Technical College for two years to earn an associate’s degree or university studies certificate before transferring to Winthrop to complete a four-year degree. The program creates a path to degree completion by providing comprehensive and coordinated student support services at both campuses. Each student is issued a Winthrop ID card providing access to Dacus Library.  

Patron Code of Conduct

Winthrop University Policy on the Appropriate Use of Information Technology Resources

Confidentiality of Library Records

  • All circulation records and all other records identifying library users are confidential.
  • Such records shall not be revealed to anyone or any agency outside the library other than for normal, library-initiated collection, and recovery procedures, except as provided below.
  • Such records shall not be made available to any agency of Federal, state, or local government except pursuant to such process, order or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of, and pursuant to, Federal, state, or local law relating to civil, criminal or administrative discovery procedures or legislative investigatory power.
  • It is the policy of the library to resist the issuance of any such process, order, or subpoena until such time as a proper showing of good cause has been made in a court of competent jurisdiction.

For more complete information, see the South Carolina Code of Laws, SECTION 60-4-10