Access Services


Augusta University Libraries

Full library privileges are extended to all faculty, staff, and students of Augusta University and Augusta University Medical Center with a JagCard.

ACCESS POLICY

The University Libraries support the educational, teaching and research needs of the faculty, staff, and students of Augusta University (AU). We extend the privilege of library use to outside researchers and adult members of the community. Children 13 years of age and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.

The resources of the University System Libraries in Georgia are available to all faculty, staff, and students of the University System of Georgia via the GIL Express service.

When leaving the library, all patrons must exit via the security gates at the main door. If the alarm sounds, library staff are required to determine the cause. All books, backpacks, brief cases, bags, etc., will be checked.

BORROWING PRIVILEGES

Faculty, staff, and students must present their JagCard to borrow library items. You are responsible for all items checked out on your card. JagCards and borrowed items should be kept in a secure location and never loaned to others. A lost JagCard should be reported immediately to Public Safety and the JagCard office.

All circulation notices will be sent to Augusta University affiliates by email only. Users should also check their GIL accounts regularly. Notices will be paper mailed to non-Augusta University affiliates. Changes of address should be reported to the library immediately.

Failure to receive notification does not relieve the borrower of the obligation to return items when they are due. The Library is not responsible for undelivered mail.

Borrower

Present Upon Check Out

Registration Procedure

Book Limit

Augusta University Current Faculty
(Full and Part Time), Staff, Students, and Emeritus Faculty
Augusta University
ID
(JagCard)
Most Augusta University and East Georgia patrons are automatically loaded. 100
Joint Enrolled High School Students Valid Augusta
University ID
Fill out application form. 100
Community Users (18 and older). This includes AU Alumni and Retired Faculty and Staff Valid Augusta University Community Borrower’s Library card and picture ID Fill out application form. 5
Users 17 and under   May not borrow 
(unless Joint Enrolled)
N/A

COMMUNITY USERS

Residents of the Augusta-Richmond County area who are 18 years or older may obtain a Community User card at the Information Desk. Community Borrower memberships may be purchased in three-month intervals for $10 per interval. The card entitles the user to check out up to a total of five (5) items from the University Libraries. Users must agree to conform to the rules and regulations of the library.

Community User library privileges do not include interlibrary loan, access to campus computer labs, or the GALILEO password. Community users may access information resources on the Internet in the Reference Room without a user card. Computer use is limited to one hour guaranteed access. The procedures for accessing these computers is here.

Please see the Community User Borrowers policy for a complete outline of the Community Borrower privileges.

EVENING ACCESS

All access to Reese Library after 10:30 PM is restricted to students, faculty, and staff of Augusta University, and all users are required to have their JagCard on their person after this time. Identification checks will be made, and those without a valid JagCard will be asked to leave. The Augusta University Student Manual requires all students to possess their JagCards at all times on campus and to present said cards to any university official who requests to inspect it.

FOOD AND DRINK

Patrons are responsible for any food or drink they consume in the library. Patrons are expected to be considerate of other visitors and library materials.

Best Practices: Beverages in approved, spill-resistant containers with securely fastened lids are allowed in Reese Library except by computers, in the Reese Room, Special Collections, or in the Reese Library Instruction Room. Approved beverage containers include reusable cups with sealable lids, sport bottles, screw top bottles, straw-equipped bottles, aluminum cans, concession coffee cups with lids in place, and juice boxes. Unapproved beverage containers include Styrofoam, paper, or plastic cups without lids, and uncapped bottles.

No food or drink is permitted in the Reese Room, the Greenblatt Room, in Special Collections, the Historical Collections and Archives area, or in the Reese Library Instruction room.

Spills should be reported immediately to the Information Desk (1st floor) so they can be cleaned up quickly to avoid permanent damage.

Users are liable for any damage to library property and equipment caused by food or beverages.

LAPTOPS

Laptop computers are available for checkout by Augusta University students with a valid JagCard. Laptop checkout is available at each library’s Information Desks for seven days. Return the laptop to an Information Desk staff member to ensure your account has been cleared, as you will remain responsible for the laptop until it is checked in. DO NOT RETURN LAPTOPS TO THE BOOK DROPS.

Laptops are configured with a local username and password given when the item is checked out. Users must connect to AU Secure wireless using their Net ID and Password. Laptops may be used at home, but wireless access depends entirely on the user performing all required configuration and setup. Be sure to log-on to the laptop before leaving campus. Contact ITS (Information Technology Services) Helpdesk for assistance at (706) 721-4000.

NOTE: All laptops are loaded with software to prevent changes. BE SURE TO SAVE YOUR WORK to media outside the laptop before turning it off. All work will be deleted when the laptop is turned off.

Laptop usage guidelines/responsibilities:

  • Seven day loan period. Renewals may be requested.
  • Late charges $5.00 per day. There is no cap to overdue charges on laptops.
  • Student must wait 24 hours to check out another laptop if at least two laptops are not available for checkout.

Habitual lateness may result in a suspension of Library privileges. Suspension will be determined at the discretion of the Access Services Librarian and will be based on the amount of accrued overdue days, as well as how often lateness occurs.

The student is responsible for returning all parts of the laptop in good working order and will be held responsible for repair and/or replacement of any laptop not working upon return. Replacement cost will be determined at the time of loss or damage, up to the cost to replace the entire laptop, plus a processing charge of $15.00. If you encounter any problem while the laptop is in your possession, please let the Information Desk staff member know when you return the laptop.

At this time, printing from the laptops is unavailable. To print, save your work to a CDR or USB flash drive and print from any computer lab.

Caution:

  • Do NOT leave the laptop unattended on campus or loan it to others.
  • Do NOT depend on the laptop clock for timing the return of a laptop to the Information Desk.
  • Do NOT expose the devices to temperature extremes, water, etc.
  • Do NOT load additional software or tamper with the existing hardware or software on devices.

Students using Augusta University electronic devices are subject to the Information Systems Security and Computer Usage Policy. Misuse of devices or non-compliance with written usage policies may result in loss of checkout privileges.

LOAN PERIODS AND FINE ACCRUAL

Banner Holds Procedure

If an Augusta University Summerville faculty, staff, or student has Reese Library materials checked out, or has a balance on their library account at the end of the semester, a Banner hold will be placed on their account. When all material associated with that patron’s account has been returned, and the entire balance paid, the Banner hold will be lifted.

Banner holds may also be placed at the discretion of the Access Services librarian.

Fines and Payment

Fines are assessed to ensure prompt return of items. Charges and fines are cumulative. They are not erased at the end of a semester or academic year. Check your library GIL account regularly. You are responsible for returning or renewing library items whether or not you receive an overdue notice.

University regulations require that all payments due for lost items and unpaid fines/fees be reported to the University Registrar at the close of each semester. Students who have not settled their library accountsbefore the end of the semester will not be permitted to graduate, to register for a subsequent semester, or to secure a transcript of their record at the University until such accounts are settled. Reese Library accepts cash, check, and online payments at bit.ly/reesemall.

Resource Type

Loan Period

Renewals?

Fines

Resources from the circulating collection (books, government documents, etc.) 28 days 2 $.35/day
Laptops 7 days 2 $5.00/day
Audiovisual 3 days None $.35/day
Special Collections, Augusta-Richmond County Historical Society, Reese Room, Greenblatt Room, and Reference In-library use only N/A N/A
Journals
@ Greenblatt Library
3 days None $.35/day
Historical Reference
@ Greenblatt Library
3 days None $.35/day
Greenblatt Core Books 7 days None $.35/day
Dry erase markers/eraser & headphones
@ Greenblatt Library
Until close of business on same day of checkout N/A $.35/day
Bound Journals
@ Reese Library
3 days None $.35/day
Reese Current Journals In-library use only N/A N/A
Dry erase markers/eraser & headphones
@ Reese Library
4 hours 2 $.35/hour
Graphing Calculators
@ Reese Library
3 days 2 $5.00/day
Reserve Items
@ Reese Library
1, 3, or 7 days (depending on resource) None $5.00/day

An item will become automatically “lost” when it is 60 days overdue.

Key:
  Greenblatt Only  
  Reese Only  

LOST AND FOUND

The Information Desk is the place for "Lost and Found" items. Lost items are regularly released to Public Safety. Items of high value (i.e. cell phones, credit cards, expensive jewelry) are released immediately to public safety.

LOST LIBRARY MATERIALS

Lost or misplaced materials should be reported promptly to the library. Fines will not continue to be charged once the loss is reported. Both the library and the borrower should do a thorough search for the book.

The lost material fee will be charged if the book has not been found in two weeks. The fee is the replacement cost of the book plus a processing fee of $15 ($35 for GIL Express books) plus the overdue fine. Refunds cannot be made for any lost and paid materials which are subsequently located and returned.

USE OF LIBRARIES BY MINORS

Any minor over the age of 14 who wishes to use the University Libraries’ facilities must have his/her parent or guardian sign a consent form approved by the Augusta University Office of Legal Affairs. The consent form will be kept on file at the respective library involved and must be updated on a yearly basis. The parent or guardian of any minor using the University Libraries is responsible for any fees, fines, damage to the library or its collections, or other costs incurred by the minor at the library.

The University Libraries provide unfiltered Internet access to information. The library collection contains legitimate academic images of anatomy and sexuality that some people may find objectionable. Therefore, a consent form is required.

Furthermore, it is against the law and Augusta University policy for anyone to use the Internet for any illegal purpose, such as the distribution of obscene materials to minors.

Augusta University reserves the right to revoke library privileges to those persons who fail to follow the rules of the University Libraries, and to remove such persons if necessary. Parents or guardians will be held responsible for any fees imposed on a minor pursuant to the rules of the libraries and for any damage to the libraries or their collections caused by said minor. The Libraries are not responsible for the safety or security of a minor beyond normal public safety standards. See the policy document here.