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Library Cards

Abell Library does not issue a special library card; instead, your AC ID card doubles as your library card. Your status as a student, faculty, or staff member of AC also allows you the privilege of borrowing materials from area libraries who are members of the Bibliographic Association of the Red River (BARR) Consortium.

BARR member libraries: 

Your AC ID is valid while you are enrolled at Austin College, and you must be in good standing with us if you want to obtain a BARR account. You may apply for a BARRcard from one of the other libraries by presenting your AC ID. Another form of identification as well as proof of local address may be required. (Abell Library does not issue BARRcards.) 

Borrowing Books

Borrower Type Loan Period Restrictions Renewals
AC faculty 1 year 100 item limit 2 renewals
AC staff 1 year 100 item limit 2 renewals
AC student 28 days 100 item limit 2 renewals
AC retired faculty & staff 28 days 100 item limit 2 renewals
AC guest (on campus for limited time) 14 days 3 item limit 2 renewals
AC spouse 14 days 3 item limit 2 renewals
AC dependent (must be 16+ years of age) 14 days 3 item limit 2 renewals
BARRcard holder--Grayson College (must be 18+ years of age) 14 days 3 item limit 1 renewal
BARRcard holder--Denison Public Library (must be 18+ years of age) 14 days 3 item limit 1 renewal
BARRcard holder--Sherman Public Library (must be 18+ years of age) 14 days 3 item limit 1 renewal
TexShare card holder (non-Grayson Co. resident) 14 days 3 item limit 1 renewal
TexShare card holder (Grayson Co. resident - use appropriate BARRcard instead) 14 days 3 item limit 1 renewal

Borrowing Media

The privilege of borrowing DVDs and videos is limited to the following groups.

Borrower Type Loan Period Restrictions Renewals
AC faculty 14 days 5 item limit* 1 renewal
AC student 7 days 5 item limit* 1 renewal
AC staff 7 days 5 item limit* 1 renewal
AC spouse 1 day 1 item limit 1 renewal
AC dependent (must be 16+ years of age) 1 day 1 item limit 1 renewal

*Counts toward the 100 item limit listed above in the Borrowing Books section.

Overdue Materials, Returning & Recalling Materials, Missing Items

Overdue Materials

Everyone is expected to return library materials on time so that others may have access to them. When this does not happen, the library user may be subject to fines, depending on the material borrowed. More details on fines may be found below.

  • Books -- As of the Fall 2016 semester, AC students will no longer be charged late fees for overdue books (this does not include ILL books or books a professor has put on reserve for a class).
  • Media (DVD/VHS) -- The late fee for media is $3.00/day, with a maximum fine of $20.00 per DVD/video.
  • Reserve Materials, Study Rooms, Dry Erase Packets -- these materials carry more severe penalties ($.50/hour).

Notices are sent out before and after an item's due date as a reminder. Please contact the Circulation Supervisor about fines. Lost or damaged books should likewise be reported as soon as possible to the Circulation Supervisor. 

More information on lending policies for materials can be seen above.

Returning Borrowed Materials

All materials are to be returned to the circulation desk. Reserve materials should be handed directly to a circulation staff member to ensure that the items are discharged in a timely manner to prevent fines. All items must be returned in the same condition they were when checked out. Any damage, including pen or pencil markings, may result in a library fine. Any material checked out from other BARR libraries or a TexShare participating library must be returned to the appropriate library by the date due.

Recalling Library Materials

Any member of the Austin College community (faculty, staff or student) may request that an item checked out to another be recalled. Please make your request at the Circulation Desk. Books are not recalled until the person has had the item for at least 2 weeks, and no one is obligated to return a book until their loan period is over, unless the material is needed for a course reserve. Material needed for a course reserve is requested to be returned to the library immediately.

Materials Missing from the Shelves

If a book is not on the shelf where it belongs, please report it to the circulation desk. The library's catalog should indicate whether a book is checked out or not. If it is not on the shelf and not checked out, please request that the library conduct a search for the material. When the item is located, a circulation staff member will send you a notice that the item is available for checkout.

Your Library Account

Click My Account in the navigation bar above to access your library account online.  You can see the items you have checked out, your hold requests, and any accrued fines.

NOTE: If you have not accessed your account online, watch the brief video linked below to get started!

Watch Help Video

Please note that the following items are not renewable:

  • course reserves
  • interlibrary loans
  • study rooms
  • materials placed on hold by other patrons

Access Services Librarian

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Greg Dawson
Contact:
Abell Library 136
903-813-2559
Austin College

 

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