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Circulation: Library Circulation Services

This guide describes circulation policies regarding: library cards, checking out items, loan periods, returning items, overdue notices and replacement costs, intercampus loans, interlibrary loans, and the reserve system.

Circulation Basics

Circulation Services is the first point of contact for many Pellissippi State library users. The Circulation Desk is located on the right near the entrance of the Educational Resources Center (ERC) at the Hardin Valley Campus. Circulation services are also available at the ERC service desk at any other Pellissippi State campus location.

Services at the Circulation Desk:

  • Books from the circulating collection are checked out and returned.
  • Items placed on reserve by instructors, laptops, and iPads for use in the library are checked out and returned.
  • Both TBR/UT (TALC) borrower's cards for Pellissippi State students, faculty, and staff as well as Community Borrower's cards for library users from the local community are issued.
  • Staff provide general information, help users request items through intercampus and interlibrary loans, and answer questions about overdue and billed materials.
  • If you want a book that is currently checked out, staff will place a "hold/request" on the item for you. When it is returned and is ready for check-out, you will be notified. You may also place a request on a checked out item in the online catalog.

Use the tabs above and other links on this page for more information about available services.

Regular Books (Circulating Stacks) –
  • Full-time faculty: Current semester loan – may be recalled after 2 weeks
  • Students: 2 weeks
  • Adjunct Faculty: 4 weeks – may be recalled after 2 weeks
  • All other borrowers: 2 weeks
Periodicals –
All Borrowers: 3 days, no renewal
Recreational Paperbacks –
All Borrowers: 2 weeks
Reserve Items –
All Borrowers: Usually 2 hours, in building use
Reference Books are for use in the library and may not be checked out.

      Items may be returned:

  • to the library's Circulation Desk at Hardin Valley Campus.
  • to the outside book drop located on the right, near the ERC entrance at Hardin Valley Campus.
  • to the ERC service desk at Blount County, Division Street, and Magnolia Avenue campus locations.
  • to the Open Lab service desk at Strawberry Plains Campus.

The library does not charge daily fines for the late return of materials. However, keeping materials past the due date will result in 3 overdue notices, followed by a bill for the replacement cost of the item plus a $15.00 per item processing fee, if items are not returned within one month of the due date. Reserve items will be billed one week after the due date and the billing will include replacement cost of the item and per item processing fees.

First and second level overdue notices will be delivered to students, faculty, and staff via your Pellissippi State email account. Third notices and bills will be mailed to your home address of record via the U.S. Postal Service. Community Borrowers and TBR/UT borrowers will receive all notices by mail.  Overdue notices are sent as a courtesy to library users. Failure to receive notices does not negate the library’s overdue and billing policy. It is the responsibility of the library user to check college email regularly and to notify the library of any changes in mailing address.

When items are 30 days past the due date, the library refers them to Business Services for billing. Business Services will send you a bill and add the billing to your Banner account. After an item(s) is referred for billing, processing fees will not be credited or refunded. Billed items may not be renewed. If the item(s) is returned in good condition within one year of the date it was referred for billing, the replacement cost of the item will be credited or refunded.

Outstanding bills are subject to College collection procedures and any resulting collection fees. This overdue and billing policy applies to all borrowers.