Medical Center Library

MCL Circulation Policies

Borrowing Privileges

Saint Louis University students, faculty, and staff who have current identification cards may borrow books. A current Saint Louis University I.D. or a MOBIUS member-school I.D. is required for all borrowing transactions.

Loan Periods for Library Items

-Undergraduate Students

Material Types Loan Periods Number of Renewals Maximum Checkouts
SLU Books 21 Days 5 999
MOBIUS/PROSPECTOR Items 21 Days 2 20
Reserve Items
(laptops, headphones, reserved books, etc.)
4 Hours No renewal No limit

-Graduate Students/SLU Staff

Material Types Loan Periods Number of Renewals Maximum Checkouts
SLU Books 120 Days 2 No limit
MOBIUS/PROSPECTOR Items 21 Days
(120 Days for items from MERLIN cluster)
2 20
Reserve Items
(laptops, headphones, reserved books, etc.)
4 Hours No renewal No limit

-Faculty

Material Types Loan Periods Number of Renewals Maximum Checkouts
SLU Books 120 Days 10 No limit
MOBIUS/PROSPECTOR Items 21 Days
(120 Days for items from MERLIN cluster)
2 30
Reserve Items
(laptops, headphones, reserved books, etc.)
4 Hours No renewal No limit

Renewals

Books that meet these criteria may be renewed online:

  • are within 7 days prior to their due date or later
  • have not been billed for replacement
  • have not been requested by another borrower
  • have not reached the renewal limit

Patrons also may renew by email, by telephone, or at the Circulation Desk. If a book has reached its renewal limit, it must be brought to the Circulation Desk to be checked in before it can be checked out again.

Overdue Books and Fines

A book is stamped with the due date at check-out.

Overdue notices for books from all Saint Louis University Libraries are sent when books are 5 and 15 days overdue. After 30 days, overdue books are considered lost, and the borrowing patron will be billed a lost book fee.

Overdue notices for MOBIUS loaned books are sent when books are 5 and 30 days overdue. After 45 days, overdue books are considered lost and the borrowing patron will be billed a lost book fee.

Billed books and/or fines exceeding $50.00 will result in suspension of borrowing privileges.

Lost or Damaged Books and Replacement Charges

A borrower who has lost a book from any of the Saint Louis University Libraries will be charged for the replacement of the lost book. Replacement copies are accepted as long as they are new and of the same edition or later. A borrower who has lost a MOBIUS book will be charged in accordance with the owning library's policies.

If material is returned in a damaged condition, the borrower will be charged for the replacement of the book. Replacement copies are accepted as long as they are new and of the same edition or newer. Examples of damage can include writing or highlighting, food spills, water damage, Post-It note usage, folding pages, tearing or removing pages, excessive heat or sunlight on media materials.

Library Holds on registration, transcript, and diploma

A "hold" is placed on registration, transcript, and diplomas for all non-returned library materials and/or unpaid fines. All outstanding books and fines must be taken care of prior to graduation. Students are encouraged to check their library records by logging into their library accounts or by calling the Circulation Desk at 314-977-8800.

Requesting Books

All circulating SLU library books within the general collection and MOBIUS/PROSPECTOR books are available for request online.

When books are received at the MCL, the requesters will be notified to pick up the books at the Circulation Desk. From the notice date, SLU books are held for 7 days and MOBIUS/PROSPECTOR books are held 10 days for pickup.

For More Answers and Assistance

For questions about Medical Center Library Circulation services and policies call (314) 977-8800 or visit the Circulation Desk.

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