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Circulation Department Hours and Services

Circulation desk hours and availabe services.

Circulation Frequently Asked Questions



Q: As a Winthrop student, how many items may I check out at one time?

There is no limit, but your account will be blocked if you have 10 or more overdue items, or owe $50.00 or more in library fees.

Q: Can I check out materials without my WU ID?

Yes, but a photo ID such as a driver's license or passport is required. Giving your ID number to the person at the desk is not an acceptable form of ID.

Q: Why do I have to swipe my ID to come into the library?

The ID card requirement is for the safety of our patrons and staff. During the day, you may use the call box in the lobby to ask for the door to be opened, and the staff will check you in at the front desk. No one is allowed in the building during the overnight hours without a valid Winthrop University ID card.

Q: I checked out a reserve/textbook/laptop, but I didn't turn it in before the desk closed at midnight.  Will I be charged for returning it late?

The Circulation Desk closes at midnight on weeknights; 3 hour loan items checked out after 9:00 p.m. must remain in the library, but are not due back until the following morning. Please contact the Circulation Department if you have questions about your library account.

Q: How can I print or make copies in the library?

The library computers and scanners use the campus print quota system. When you are prompted for your login credentials, the system recognizes your account and debits the amount from your print quota.

Q: Can I get a refund if my printout doesn't look right?

The library does not have the ability to issue refunds to print quota. All print account inquiries should be directed to User Support .

Q: Does the library have my textbooks?

The library has a limited budget for purchasing textbooks. You can find out if we have your texts by searching the library's Reserves & Textbooks catalog.

Q: Can I take the library's copy of my textbook to class with me?

No. In order to provide access to as many students as possible, textbooks must remain in the library at all times. If you are a student with a disability and need a different level of access, please contact the Office of Accessibility and the library will work with that office to ensure consistent, appropriate access.

Q: My professor put my reading assignment on reserve in the library. How do I access it?

The library keeps "hard copies" of course reserves at the Circulation Desk. Come to the desk and ask for the readings by course. You can also search the library's reserves by course number,  course title, or instructor to see what materials are available.

The library's electronic reserves are posted in your instructor's Blackboard course. Just log in to Blackboard and select  the course as you normally would. You can also access Blackboard reserves from the link on the library's home page

Q:Where can I find the library's hours?

The library's hours are posted on the Hours Page. Current hours and exceptions, including weather-related closings, are posted on the library's home page. The library's hours are also posted on the digital signs located on the main floor.

Q: What if I can't find the book I'm looking for?

The Circulation staff can help you locate materials in the stacks. If you need research assistance of any kind, please speak with the Reference librarian on duty, or schedule an appointment.

Q: What should I do if I have lost a book?

Please notify the library as soon as you realize you have lost the item, and we will discuss possible replacement costs and the billing process.

Q: I have been charged for an item that I returned. How can I get the charges removed from my account?

 Direct all questions about your library account to the Circulation Department (803/323-4502).